Cost of British
food basics increases
by up to 80% in a year
The price of staple foods such
as cheddar cheese, white bread and pork sausages has soared by up to 80% in some shops over the past year,
in further evidence of how inflation
is hitting those on the tightest
budgets the hardest.
Porridge oats topped the price increase ranking among a basket of British basics measured by the consumer group Which?, with prices up
by an average of 35.5% followed
by skimmed milk, which was
up by 33.6%, and cheddar cheese, which rose by 28.3%.
The Which? survey reflects a
recent trend for price rises in supermarkets’ budget ranges as well as to their regular own-label goods and international brands as retailers pass on cost hikes linked to energy and commodity cost increases.
Such increases appear to
confirm fears that the poorest
are being hit hardest by inflation.