12 Mar 2009

Food prices up

11:24 am on 12 March 2009

Food prices rose 0.2% in February, despite lower prices for fruit and vegetables.

Statistics New Zealand says the only food group to record a price decrease was fruit and vegetables, which were down 2.6% driven by lower prices for apples.

The cost of soft drinks led the overall increase, after their prices rose 2.7% in the month.

For the year to February, food prices rose by 8.8%.