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Food Price Index: December 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  15 January 2016
Key facts

Monthly change

Food prices fell 0.8 percent in the December 2015 month. After seasonal adjustment, food prices fell 0.5 percent.

In December 2015 compared with November 2015:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose 1.5 percent (up 1.2 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices fell 2.7 percent.
  • Grocery food prices fell 0.6 percent (down 0.3 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices fell 3.4 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.3 percent.

Annual change

Food prices decreased 1.3 percent in the year to December 2015.

From December 2014 to December 2015:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices increased 2.4 percent.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices decreased 3.8 percent.
  • Grocery food prices decreased 3.0 percent.
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices decreased 2.3 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices increased 2.0 percent.

 Average prices

  • The average price for a kilogram of chicken breasts was $14.62 in December 2015, compared with $16.60 in December 2014.
  • The average price of the cheapest available 2 litres of blue-top milk was $3.13 in December 2015, compared with $3.64 in December 2014.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0282
15 January 2016

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