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Retail food price inflation outpaces economy-wide inflation

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Retail food price inflation outpaces economy-wide inflation
While the all items CPI has risen 5.4 percent from 2011 to 2015, the all-food CPI rose 8.5 percent over the same time period, just under the 8.7 percent rise in housing costs. Livestock diseases, major weather events, and shocks to global food markets have caused price inflation for food to outpace many other consumer spending categories. Only prices for medical care and housing have risen faster than food prices.

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Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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