UK fresh food prices rise 13.3% in year to October – BRC

LONDON – The cost of fresh food in British shops last month was 13.3 percent higher than a year earlier, the biggest annual increase in records going back to 2005, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday.

The BRC, a trade body, said its broader measure of shop price inflation picked up to 6.6 percent in October from 5.7 percent, while food prices overall rose 11.6 percent, as the cost of less perishable foodstuffs rose more slowly than prices for fresh items.

“It has been a difficult month for consumers who not only faced an increase in their energy bills, but also a more expensive shopping basket,” BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said.

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