Belfast Telegraph

UK shopping bill rises due to cost of fruit

By Josie Clarke

The cost of an average basket of groceries has continued to rise and is more than £2 more expensive than at the start of the year, a monthly tracker shows.

A basket of 35 popular items now costs £84.40, up 5p on July's figure, largely due to the "unstable" cost of fruit and vegetables, according to the mySupermarket monthly Groceries Tracker.

The changes this month are smaller than compared with previous months, with the majority of the products rising in price by between 1% and 3%, although squash drinks increased by 9%, onions were up 4% and carrots rose 3%.

Overall the cost of 17 products rose, the prices of 11 decreased and seven stayed the same.

The total basket is up £2.13 since January, when the basket cost £82.27. MySupermarket chief executive Gilad Simhony said: "The price increases this month are minimal compared to the previous month, but the increases are still there and rising."

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