No pain yet on gro­cery shelves

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Food prices sta­ble in super­mar­kets de­spite re­cent fuel price in­creases

Oc­to­ber’s petrol price in­crease, has yet to im­pact on the food bas­ket as there were only two in­cre­ments and there was even one price re­duc­tion this month.

It would seem that with the sum­mer hol­i­day sea­son fast ap­proach­ing, re­tail­ers have opted to hold prices steady, apart from the three items in our bas­ket which all form part of most house­hold’s daily needs.

Milk showed a de­cline of R1 – from R11.99 back to R10.99, as in Septem­ber – while we’ve seen a 50c in­crease in bread from R7.49 in Oc­to­ber to R7.99 this week, and but­ter­nut is now at R12.99.

A 1kg bag of po­ta­toes is R12.99, from R9.99 in Septem­ber, while cook­ing oil stays at R17.49, and eggs at R28 a dozen. Mealie meal stays at R8.99, as does chicken at R34.99 af­ter its huge drop of R5 per kg in Septem­ber.

Fruit and veg­etable hawker Phumla Mgudlwa, at High­way taxi rank, said while prices fluc­tu­ated, over­all they had re­mained at a fairly sta­ble level, de­spite the fuel in­crease.

“What I’ve no­ticed is that if this month a veg­etable price is up, fruit is usu­ally a lit­tle lower. Where you would spend, for ex­am­ple, R11.50 on but­ter­nut and R12 on grapes, the fluc­tu­a­tion could re­sult in but­ter­nut be­ing at R11 and the grapes at R12.50, but of course it does also de­pend on the sea­son,” she said.

Wimpy man­ager at Bea­con Bay Re­tail Park, Heidi Lowb­ser, said they had not felt any price in­cre­ments, although the out­let dealt with sup­pli­ers and not stores di­rectly.

“We can’t al­ways fluc­tu­ate our prices with the petrol price, we have to re­tain sta­bil­ity and con­sis­tency in our pric­ing,” she said.

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