Canadian Food Prices Rose 4.8 per cent in 2011


OTTAWA — Canadian food prices rose 4.8-per-cent in the 12 months to November 2011, the largest increase since July 2009, according to Statistics Canada.

Consumers paid 5.7 per cent more for food purchased from stores as prices increased for common staples, including meat (6.2 per cent), fresh vegetables (13.2 per cent) and bread (11.9 per cent). Prices for food purchased from restaurants also spiked.

Overall, consumer prices rose 2.9 per cent in the 12 months to November, matching the increase in October. While the 12-month change in gasoline prices continued to ease, the year-over-year increase in food prices remained high.

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