16 Jan 2012

Food prices up in December

11:13 am on 16 January 2012

Food prices rose in December for the second consecutive month, driven by higher prices for fruit, vegetables and meat.

Statistics New Zealand says food prices rose 0.2% in the month and are now 2.9% higher than the same time a year ago.

Prices were higher for potatoes, pumpkins, apples, meat, poultry, fish and sausages.

Soft drinks and fruit juice recorded the biggest price falls, although grocery prices also fell slightly.