Grocery prices stack up

COFFS Coast grocery prices seem to be bucking the national trend.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics just released figures for the Consumer Price Index for the March quarter and according to its data, the most significant price rises this quarter were fuel, up 4.2 per cent, pharmaceuticals, which jumped a whopping 13.3 per cent, and vegetables up 10.3 per cent.

Fruit, however, dropped by 4.6 per cent.

So, the Advocate thought it was time for another grocery price check locally.

We’ve been keeping an eye of prices in our major supermarkets locally for more than 12 months now and found some pretty surprising trends.

Yesterday we found quite the opposite of what ABS data shows.

The price of potatoes fell by 50 cents a kilogram while carrots remained the same and the price of oranges jumped by a massive $2.99 per kilogram.

Apples, however, did not dramatically go down in price.

Treasurer Wayne Swan recognised cost of living increases were hard for families but he said the Government was doing all it could to mitigate their impact through tax cuts, childcare and education rebates.

“This government has had very much a cost of living agenda in place for working families because we understand it can be tough ... when the bills come in,” he told reporters in Canberra.

All prices were taken from Woolworths Park Avenue yesterday and were compared with prices taken on February 6 this year.

PRICE WATCH

POTATOES: $1.98 (-50c)

CARROTS: $1.98 (no change)

APPLES: $4.47 (-$2.50)

ORANGES: $3.98 (+$2.99)

CHICKEN: $10.90 (-9c)

LAMB: $15.99 (+50c)

BEEF: $11.49 (+$3.58)

MILK: 2lt $3.69 (no change)

BREAD: $3.69 (-9c)

BUTTER: 250g $2.31 (+12c)



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