Grocery Prices Decline

assorted food in sacksImage Source: UnsplashThe latest CPI release indicates a decline in food-at-home prices.Figure 1: CPI (bold black), and food at home component (light blue), and ERS January forecast (blue square), all in logs, 2021M01=0. Source: BLS, ERS, and author’s calculations.At the national level, the food-at-home component has been dropping for three months now. The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) forecast for end-of-year CPI has consequently declined slightly.A similar pattern of food price deceleration has occurred in the East North Central region (which encompasses Wisconsin).Figure 2: East North Central CPI (bold black), and East North Central food at home component (light blue), all in logs, 2021M01=0. Series seasonally adjusted by author using X-13 (log transform on level). Source: BLS, and author’s calculations.However, because the subregion’s overall CPI has not risen as much as its national counterpart, the food-at-home/overall gap remains wider here.More By This Author:Manufacturing Over The Long Term Currency Misalignment Measured Assuming A Balanced Financial Account “Is the Boom-And-Bust Business Cycle Dead?”


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