11 Jul 2013

Food prices higher in June

4:17 pm on 11 July 2013

Food prices rose 2% in June, pushed by seasonally higher prices for tomatoes, lettuce and avocados.

Fruit and vegetable prices were 13% higher than in May, with tomatoes up 99%, lettuce 55% and avocados 33%.

The Government Statistician said the increases were due to winter with lettuce and avocado prices higher than in June last year while tomatoes were cheaper.

Meat, poultry, and fish prices rose 1.3%, influenced by higher prices for chicken pieces - up 12%, due to less discounting.

However, prices for lamb chops were down 7.7%, because of more discounting.

The overall rise in food prices for last month was 0.6% on prices in June 2012.