Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


NZ food prices fall 1% in February on cheaper fruit, veges

NZ food prices fall in February on cheaper fruit, veges, dairy helps drive annual gain

By Suze Metherell

March 13 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand food prices fell in February on a seasonal dip for fruit and vegetables, while more expensive dairy products underpinned an annual gain in prices.

The food price index slipped 1 percent in February following a 1.2 percent rise in January, according to Statistics New Zealand. In the year, food prices were up 0.2 percent, the smallest annual gain in nine months.

The monthly decline was led by a 6.5 percent drop in vegetable prices and a 5.1 percent reduction in fruit, as tomato and apple prices weakened. In the year fruit and vegetable prices decreased 5.6 percent as the cost of avocados, cucumbers and lettuce fell.

Fresh milk rose 0.3 percent in the month, and was up 6.9 percent in the year. Annual gains in milk, cheese and eggs of 5.7 percent made up the bulk of the yearly price increase with cheese up 6.9 percent and yoghurt rising 2.9 percent on the year.

In a long signalled move, the Reserve Bank increased the official cash rate by 25 basis points this morning, noting that “inflationary pressures are increasing”. Food prices make up almost 19 percent of the consumer price index, which rose 1.6 percent in the December quarter from a year earlier. The March CPI figures are scheduled for release next month.

A 9 percent drop in lamb influenced a 1.9 percent monthly slip in meat, poultry and fish prices, and an annual decline of 0.2 percent.

Grocery food prices rose 0.1 percent in the month, and 1 percent in the year, as more expensive snack food partly offset the annual Valentine’s induced drop in boxed chocolate prices, down 21 percent.

Non-alcoholic beverage prices rose 0.7 percent in February, for a 1.7 percent increase on the year. Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices declined a monthly 0.2 percent with an annual gain of 1.6 percent.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Consents And Taxes: Trustpower 'very Disappointed' With Judgement

Trustpower is "very disappointed" with a Supreme Court ruling dismissing its bid to claim tax deductions on $17.7 million of project costs in a case closely watched by large-scale infrastructure developers. More>>

ALSO:

Fruitful Endeavours: Kiwifruit Exports Reach Record Levels

In June 2016, kiwifruit exports rose $105 million (47 percent) from June 2015 to reach $331 million, Statistics New Zealand said today. Overall, goods exports rose $109 million (2.6 percent) in June 2016 (to $4.3 billion). More>>

ALSO:

Economic Update: RBNZ Says Rate Cut Seems Likely

The Reserve Bank will likely cut interest rates further as a persistently strong kiwi dollar makes it difficult for the bank to meet its inflation target, it said. The local currency fell. More>>

ALSO:

House Price Action Plan: RBNZ Signals National Lending Restrictions

The central bank wants to cap bank lending to property investors with a deposit of less than 40 percent at 5 percent and restore the 10 percent limit for owner-occupiers wanting to take out a mortgage with a deposit of less than 20 percent, according to a consultation paper released today. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news