Analysis: Numbers

The Star Tribune ran a story on the rising commodity costs affecting the prices of many common grocery items.

The writer uses numbers while explaining different things throughout the article. Because numbers can become confusing, the writer begins by demonstrating the message of the article, listing some companies who are expected to raise prices in the next year. This way, even if the reader gets lost by numbers, they understand right away what it all means for them.

The writer focuses a good deal on inflation, and uses numbers throughout the whole article to back up his statements. He pads the numbers with quotes from businesses explaining the cause and effect of the numbers presented. In this way, the writer once again gives his readers an escape. If they don't understand the numbers, they still get explanation of what the numbers mean for them.

The writer attributes his sources clearly after numbers are used in the story.

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