Grocery food price increase continues

Grocery food price increase continues

The grocery bill keeps getting bigger for Americans.

Inflation for all food rose 0.6% in June, with food sold at grocery stores up 0.7%, according to the Consumer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The June report said food inflation increased 4.5% over the last 12 months, with prices for food sold in grocery stores rising 5.6% over the last year.

In June, fresh fruit and vegetable prices were up 1.7% over a year ago and down 0.7% compared with May.

Fresh vegetables, led by higher prices for potatoes, lettuce and tomatoes, were up 4.9% over a year ago in June and up 0.8% compared with May. 

On the other hand, fresh fruit retail prices in June were down 1.1% compared with a year ago and off 2.2% from May.

Meat and dairy products showed steep price gains compared with a year ago, according to the report. Meat, poultry and fish retail prices in June were up 12.8% compared with a year ago; dairy products were up 5.1% year over year.

June retail prices, compared with year-ago levels, were:

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