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Food prices in New Zealand were up 4.0 percent on year in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday – following the 2.4 percent gain in August.

Individually, fruit and vegetable prices increased 9.3 percent on year, while meat, poultry, and fish prices increased 3.2 percent, grocery food prices increased 2.9 percent, non-alcoholic beverage prices increased 1.1 percent and restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices increased 4.6 percent.

On a monthly basis, food prices were up 0.5 percent (0.9 percent seasonally adjusted).

Individually, fruit and vegetable prices fell 1.5 percent (up 2.3 percent); meat, poultry, and fish prices rose 1.8 percent; grocery food prices rose 0.8 percent (up 0.7 percent); non-alcoholic beverage prices rose 1.2 percent; and restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.2 percent.


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