Consumers given ‘welcome break’ as shop prices fall

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Shop prices fell last month for the first time since October last year in a sign of “fierce competition between retailers”, according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index.

Prices fell slightly by 0.1% in June compared to May, when prices increased 0.8%. This is below the 12- and six-month average price increases of 0.3% and 0.5% respectively.

Non-food and fresh food inflation eased during the same period. Non-food prices decreased 1.2% from a 0.2% increase in May, and fresh food inflation declined to 1.4% from 1.5% in May.

However, food inflation held steady at 1.8% in June, slightly below the six-month average price increase of 1.9%.

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