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Food Price Index: February 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  13 March 2017
Key facts

Monthly change

Food prices rose 0.2 percent in the February 2017 month. After seasonal adjustment, food prices rose 0.8 percent.

In February 2017 compared with January 2017:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose 1.8 percent (up 4.5 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices fell 1.5 percent.
  • Grocery food prices rose 0.2 percent (up 0.2 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices rose 0.1 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.2 percent.

Annual change

Food prices increased 2.2 percent in the year to February 2017.

In February 2017 compared with February 2016:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices increased 7.7 percent.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices decreased 2.0 percent.
  • Grocery food prices increased 2.3 percent.
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices increased 1.7 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices increased 2.0 percent.

Key average prices

  • The average price for a 250g punnet of strawberries was $7.05 in February 2017, compared with $5.03 in January 2017 and $5.64 in February 2016.  
  • The average price for a 500g block of butter was $4.58 in February 2017, up from $4.06 in January 2017 and $3.45 in February 2016.
  • The average price for a kilo of apples was $4.40 in February 2017, compared with $5.04 in January 2017 and $3.34 in February 2016.
  • The average price for a kilo of carrots was $3.53 in February 2017, up from $3.42 in January 2017 and $2.34 in February 2016.

 

Liz Macpherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0282
13 March 2017

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