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Inflation in '84 forecast at 5%

Consumers will pay 5 percent more for both essentials and the better things in life in 1984 than they did in 1983, according to a survey by Standard & Poor's Corporation.

The higher cost of food, clothing, most leisure-time activities, and a new car will be below the expected 5.3 percent inflation rate. But the survey indicated the family budget will be strained for such items as natural gas and health care.

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Food prices should rise about 5 percent, nearly double the expected 1983 increase, with grain prices largely to blame. The federal payment-in-kind program and summer drought will combine to boost prices of many farm commodities.

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