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Food Price Index: October 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  20 November 2017
Key facts

Monthly change

Food prices fell 1.1 percent in October 2017. After seasonal adjustment, food prices fell 0.1 percent. 

In October 2017 compared with September 2017:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices fell 6.8 percent (down 1.3 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices rose 0.8 percent.
  • Grocery food prices fell 0.8 percent (down 0.8 percent after seasonal adjustment).
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices showed no overall change.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.1 percent.

 

Annual change

Food prices increased 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017.

In October 2017 compared with October 2016:

  • Fruit and vegetable prices increased 4.4 percent.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish prices increased 1.4 percent.
  • Grocery food prices increased 2.8 percent.
  • Non-alcoholic beverage prices increased 2.2 percent.
  • Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices increased 2.3 percent.

 

Key average prices

  • A kilo of tomatoes was $7.68 in October 2017, compared with $10.02 in September 2017, and $6.83 in October 2016.
  • A cheapest available 500g block of butter was $5.67 in October 2017, compared with $5.55 in September 2017, and $3.50 in October 2016.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0282
20 November 2017

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