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Food Prices Up 3.4% In November

More fun with numbers in November, where if you just read the first line of the report from Stats Canada about the Consumer Price Index for November 2015, you would read:

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.4% in the 12 months to November, after increasing 1.0% in October.

Doesn’t that sound like great news? Inflation running at 1.4%, which is very low, however, dig a little deeper and you find out that:

Prices were up in seven of the eight major components on a year-over-year basis in November, with the food and shelter indexes contributing the most to the rise in the CPI. The transportation index, which includes gasoline, recorded its smallest decrease since November 2014.

Food prices were up 3.4% in the 12 months to November, after rising 4.1% in October. The index for food purchased from stores registered a 3.7% year-over-year gain, following a 4.6% increase the previous month. While prices for fresh vegetables and meat contributed the most to the gain, they increased less year over year in November than October. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.8% on a year-over-year basis in November, following a 2.7% increase in October.

Cough, Cough! What?!? Man, we need to really figure out how we can drink gasoline, because it seems to be the cheapest thing to buy these days, in terms of foodstuffs. If you feel you didn’t quite “get” what that paragraph said, have a look at this graphic.

Inflation By Category
12-Month Price Change by Category

An interesting graphic is this one, which shows the growth of the “basket of goods” price growth over the past 5 years.

Basket of Good Value Over Past 5 Years

Inflation-Control Target From Bank of Canada

Luckily the Bank of Canada measures inflation a little differently.

The Bank of Canada’s core index was up 2.0% in the 12 months to November, following a 2.1% rise in October.

The seasonally adjusted core index was up 0.1% on a monthly basis in November, after increasing 0.2% in October.

Reports from Previous Months in 2015

If you want to have a walk down memory lane about how prices have been going up, here you go.

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