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Food Price Index: January 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 February 2012
Key facts

In January 2012 compared with December 2011:

  • Food prices showed no overall change.
  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose 3.6 percent, reflecting seasonally higher prices for lettuce, mandarins, and strawberries, among others. 
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.2 percent.
  • Grocery food prices fell 0.2 percent.
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices fell 0.9 percent.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices fell 1.8 percent, influenced by more discounting for chicken pieces in January than in December.

From January 2011 to January 2012:

  • Food prices increased 1.0 percent.
  • Pumpkin prices increased 107 percent. The higher-than-usual price reflected a shortage in the supply of pumpkins to the domestic market.

Graph, Food price index, monthly change, January 2011 to January 2012.                        Graph, Food price index, annual change, January 2011 to January 2012.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
14 February 2012
ISSN 1178-0282

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