Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:38

Tomatoes, spuds down, lamb up

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Tomatoes and potatoes influenced the drop in vege prices. Tomatoes and potatoes influenced the drop in vege prices.

Food prices fell 0.5% in May 2016, following a 0.3% rise in April, Statistics New Zealand says.

The fall was mainly influenced by lower fruit and vegetable prices (down 3.7% after seasonal adjustment). Seasonally adjusted food prices fell 0.5% in May 2016.

"Tomatoes and potatoes influenced the drop in vege prices," consumer prices manager Matt Haigh says. "The average price for a kilo of tomatoes fell to $6 in May compared with $6.70 in April."

Meat, poultry and fish prices rose 0.2%, with higher prices for lamb (up 5%). The average price for a kilo of lamb chops was $14.28, up 8% from April 2016.

 

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