Strollers to join growing tally of price hikes

Japanese consumers have faced a flurry of price hikes in recent months, and now one of the most popular baby-care product makers is adding some of its core items to the list.

Combi said on Monday it plans to raise prices from October.

The increases will affect 45 items, including strollers, child seats and swing beds that double as chairs. Prices are going up three to 14 percent.

It is the first time the company has raised its prices in about eight years.

Company officials say surging crude oil prices mean they are paying more for their materials and transportation of the products.
They say it is no longer possible to absorb the costs through corporate efforts.