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Food inflation eased to 1.4% in November from 1.6% in October. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases of 1.7% and 1.5%, respectively.

Fresh Food inflation decelerated to 0.6% in November from 0.8% in October. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases of 1.2% and 1%, respectively. This is the lowest inflation for the category since March 2018.

Ambient Food inflation eased slightly to 2.6% in November from 2.7% in October. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases of 2.3% for both.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium, said, “Shop prices continued to fall in November for the sixth consecutive month. This was driven, in part, by an easing of inflation for fresh food due to a strong crop yield for fresh fruits in the UK, and a fall in the global price of dairy.

'Furthermore, non-food prices fell well below the 12-month average. The economic and political uncertainty has weakened demand for non-essential items. As a result, retailers have pushed for even deeper price cuts to encourage consumers to open their wallets.

“While consumers will welcome the fall in prices in the run up to Christmas, there are various factors which could push food prices up in the longer term. These include the impact of flooding on the yields of many root vegetables and the rising global prices of meat.

'However, the biggest threat to future prices remains the risk of a chaotic No-Deal Brexit pushing up the costs of EU imports, which account for 30% of the food we consume. The next Government should aim to provide clarity on the UK’s future relationship with the EU as soon as possible.”

(source: BRC, image: Sainsbury's)