After months of falling prices, average grocery basket cost rises sharply

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The threat of inflation seems to have caught up with grocery shopping, with a monthly tracker suggesting that the cost of an average basket of groceries rose sharply in June.

According to price comparison website mySupermarket’s Groceries Tracker, a basket of 35 popular items cost £83.04 – £1.67 more than May’s £81.33 and 21p higher than this time last year.

Overall, the cost of 21 items rose, six fell and eight stayed the same.

Most price rises went up by five per cent or less, but mushrooms and peppers rose by 26 and 15 per cent respectively.

On the other hand, items that were cheaper fell in price by between just one and three per cent.

The price rise in the latest Groceries Tracker brings to an end to consecutive months of falling average basket prices amid warnings of post-Brexit increases to the cost of imported goods.

READ MORE: Average grocery basket price continues to fall: online tracker

Fruit and vegetable staples saw significant increases, with bananas and apples up four and three per cent respectively and carrots and broccoli both up five per cent.

Sausages, deli bacon and ham were also all three per cent more expensive last month than in May.

“This month we are seeing a rise in the price of a large number of products in the supermarket,” MySupermarket chief executive Gilad Simhony said.

“We believe this is due to the political and economic uncertainty that has taken over the UK in the past six weeks.

“More than ever, customers should do their research before shopping so they can make sure they are getting the best value for money.”

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