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Food Price Index: August 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  13 September 2016
Key facts

Monthly change

Food prices rose 1.3 percent in the August 2016 month. After seasonal adjustment, food prices rose 1.2 percent.

In August 2016 compared with July 2016:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose 5.8 percent (up 1.7 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices rose 0.2 percent.
  • Grocery food prices rose 0.7 percent (up 1.2 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices rose 1.8 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.3 percent.

Annual change

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

In August 2016 compared with August 2015:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose 1.7 percent.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices fell 0.2 percent.
  • Grocery food prices fell 0.5 percent.
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices showed no overall change.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 2.0 percent.

 Key average prices

  • The average price for 1kg of cabbage was $3.05 in August 2016, up from $1.94 in July 2016, and up from $2.67 in August 2015.
  • The average price for 1kg of bananas was $3.51 in August 2016, up from $2.87 in July 2016, and up from $3.02 in August 2015.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0282
13 September 2016

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