Tue, 30 Nov 2021

WELLINGTON, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand's food prices rose 0.5 percent in September compared with August, mainly influenced by higher prices for grocery food and meat, poultry, and fish, statistics department Stats NZ said on Wednesday.

September's movement is the sixth consecutive monthly rise. After adjusting for seasonality, prices rose 0.9 percent, Stats NZ said.

Grocery food prices were up 0.8 percent in September, mainly influenced by higher prices for fresh eggs, chocolate biscuits, and sweets, it said.

The weighted average price of cage or barn-raised eggs rose sharply to 5.22 New Zealand dollars (3.63 U.S. dollars) a dozen, up from 4.65 New Zealand dollars (3.23 U.S. dollars) in August, consumer prices manager Katrina Dewbery said in a statement.

Meat, poultry, and fish prices rose 1.8 percent, influenced by higher prices for chicken pieces and roasting pork, Dewbery said.

Annually, food prices increased 4 percent in September, mostly due to higher prices for fruit and vegetables, restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food, and grocery food, Dewbery said, adding September's annual movement is the largest since August 2020, when prices increased 4.2 percent.

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