Grocery store food prices up 0.9 percent in 2019 compared with 2018
As measured by Consumer Price Index data, average annual food-at-home prices in 2019 were 0.9 percent higher than in 2018. Most food categories posted modest increases of between 0.3 and 2.0 percent, contributing to generally low inflation at grocery stores in 2019. The price index for fresh vegetables increased the most—a 3.8-percent rise in 2019. Egg prices decreased the most, falling by 10.0 percent between 2018 and 2019, although eggs represent a small share of total grocery spending. Fresh fruits, fats and oils, and poultry had modest price decreases.
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