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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A woman does groceries as restrictions in the city have started to ease, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a market in Leicester, Britain, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s lowest-priced groceries have risen at a similar pace to mid-range food items, the Office for National Statistics said on Monday.

Anti-poverty campaigners have pointed to sharp price rises in the cheapest categories of many food staples.

Looking at 30 types of food, the ONS said that the lowest-priced items in particular ranges had risen by 6-7% in the year to April, the same as for food more generally.

However, there were big differences between different foodstuffs. The price of the cheapest pasta had risen by 50%, while the cost of potatoes had dropped by 14%.

UK’s cheapest groceries rising at similar pace to average – ONS

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