Cheap let­tuces lead 8.7pc drop in cost of veg­eta­bles

Taranaki Daily News - - Business -

Let­tuce prices fell 45 per cent in Septem­ber 2018, to an av­er­age of $1.81 a head, Sta­tis­tics New Zealand says. They were down 30 per cent for the year. ‘‘Prices reached an all-time high of $5.42 for a 500-gram head of let­tuce in July 2018 due to poor weather. But since then we’ve had two ma­jor price falls,’’ Sta­tis­tics NZ con­sumer prices man­ager Geral­dine Duoba said. Over­all, food prices were al­most un­changed in Septem­ber (down 0.1 per cent), but showed a slight rise after sea­sonal ad­just­ment (up 0.3 per cent). Vegetable prices fell 8.7 per cent, in­flu­enced by lower prices for let­tuce, toma­toes and cu­cum­bers. But meat and poul­try prices rose 2 per cent, in­flu­enced by higher prices for beef and chicken.

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