After falling in July, the prices consumers paid overall for food increased 0.1% in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released Friday.  

Prices consumers paid at grocery stores for food at home showed a modest decrease of 0.1% compared with  a 1.1% decrease in July, the report revealed.

All items increased 1.3% over the past 12 months and have been on the rise since May 2020.

The dip in food at home prices was led by a decline in prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs, which fell nearly 2%, their second consecutive month of decline. 

After sharp increases in April and May, overall beef prices continue to decline. Prices in the beef category decreased in August, falling 4.4%. Specific beef cuts also declined, including roasts (down 5.1%), steaks (down 4.8%) and ground beef (down4%).

Prices for cereals and other bakery products also declined. 

Prices rose in several other grocery store categories, including dairy and its related products, up 1.5%, fruits and vegetables, up 0.2%. other foods at home prices were up a half of a percent.

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Though some prices dipped, Americans are still paying more overall for food than last year, with prices up 4.1% over the last 12 months, the report said. All six major grocery store food groups increased over the last year.

Prices for food at home have increased nearly 5% over last year. 

The coronavirus pandemic forced more Americans to stay — and cook — at home, driving up demand — and prices — at supermarkets. Prices increased sharply in previous months and year-over-year.

Consumers paid 7% more overall for meats, poultry, fish and eggs, 3% more for fruits and vegetables and 6% more for dairy and dairy-related products in the last 12 months. Prices for food away from home continue to rise, though their  0.3% increase was the smallest since April. 

Consumer goods, excluding food and energy, increased 0.4% in August, a slight decrease from 0.6% in July. Used car and truck prices increased 5.4% in August, the largest monthly increase since March 1969, the report says. Prices, less food and energy, rose 1.7% over the last 12 months.

Energy costs increased less than 1% in August, but are down 9% for the year.

While gasoline prices rose 2%, they are down more than 16% over the past 12 months.

The CPI reflects changes in prices in certain goods and services by consumers. Spending patterns cover all urban consumers and urban wage earners and clerical workers in urban or metropolitan areas. 

Contact food writer Susan Selasky: 313-222-6872 or [email protected] Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter. 

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