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Price of eggs up 40% since 2007

17 September 2010

Family essentials such as bread, eggs and meat have shot up in price by a whopping 21% on average over the last three years, according to

Jonny Steel, spokesperson for, the grocery shopping and comparison site, comments on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures, which show inflation has remained at 3.1%: "Today's announcement that CPI remains static at 3.1% is much needed good news for consumers continuing to feel the pinch, even as we step out of the recession. With the planned rise in VAT to 20% from 17.5% in January this hold on inflation is a small boost for consumers before harder times hit.

"However, consumers cannot afford to relax! Brits need to keep a beady eye more so than ever when it comes to shopping for their groceries or they could end up paying way over the odds for basic items. CPI may still stand at 3.1% but our analysis reveals prices of some essential staple goods have risen by as much as 40% when compared with 2007 (see table below), and family essentials such as bread, eggs and meat have shot up in price by a whopping 21% on average over the last three years.

Other family staples have been hit hard too; tinned tomatoes have gone up by 30% and dishwashing products up by 29%. In the last year alone, tea has gone up in price by 12% and meat such as Lamb has risen by 5%.

“These price increases mean shoppers need to hunt around for the best deal they can find in their supermarkets or may find themselves considerably out of pocket! With a record 30,000 special offers now showing on, shoppers can easily cut their weekly bill by 20%, saving an average family £800 over the year. There’s no better way to beat food inflation than this.’’

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