By Julia Cameron • 28 March 2023 • 7:56
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And the news is that prices have yet to peak.
Poor harvests in Europe and limited availability in North Africa have kept fruit and vegetable prices high too.
Helen Dickenson the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said “shop price inflation has yet to peak.”
“Food prices will likely rise in the coming months, particularly as we enter the UK growing season, but wider inflation is expected to remain high.”
Food inflation rose from 14.5 per cent last month to 15 per cent this month. Fresh food is at the highest rate on record at 17 per cent higher in March 2022.
Mike Watkins, the head of retailer and business insight at NielsenIQ, said “inflation continues to have an impact on the spending power of shoppers and increased energy bills from April will add more pressure.”
“Since food prices have risen retailers have seen more visits but less basket spend, as shoppers manage their weekly food bills by shopping little and more often and seeking out the lowest prices. As Easter approaches some high street retailers will also be offering discounts and promotions to encourage customers to spend.”
Shop prices are now 8.9 per cent higher than they were a year ago according to the BRC-NeilsenIQ index.
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Julia is an ex-pat writer from Brighton living in a small village close to the Andalucian town of Priego de Cordoba. When she's not working she enjoys reading, tracing her ancestry and swimming. She especially loves the summer when she can get down to the coast and chill on the beach.
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