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Food Price Index: April 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  12 May 2016
Key facts

Monthly change

Food prices rose 0.3 percent in the April 2016 month. After seasonal adjustment, food prices rose 0.2 percent.

In April 2016 compared with March 2016:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose 3.9 percent (up 4.4 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices fell 1.7 percent.
  • Grocery food prices rose 0.1 percent (up 0.2 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices fell 0.2 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.2 percent.

Annual change

Food prices increased 0.5 percent in the year to April 2016.

In April 2016 compared with April 2015:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose 8.9 percent.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices fell 2.7 percent.
  • Grocery food prices fell 1.7 percent.
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices rose 0.5 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 1.9 percent.

 Average prices

  • The average price for a kilogram of tomatoes was $6.70 in April 2016, compared with $4.81 in April 2015.
  • The average price for a kilogram of broccoli was $6.26 in April 2016, compared with $4.65 in April 2015.
  • The average price for 500 grams of butter was $3.65 in April 2016, compared with $3.09 in April 2015.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0282
12 May 2016

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