Inflation at the supermarket eased in June

Grocery prices stabilized in June with a 1.9% drop from April. Key items like butter and bacon saw price increases, while paper towel prices fell - ConsumerAffairs

The ConsumerAffairs Datasembly Shopping Cart Index declined 1.9%

Grocery prices continued to stabilize in June as the ConsumerAffairs Datasembly Shopping Cart Index declined by $3.03, or 1.9% from April. The index, based on the prices of 25 commonly purchased grocery items, was up only $2.18 year-over-year.

Ten of the items in the June shopping cart went down in price, five items went up, and 10 items stayed the same.

In June, the biggest price increases were for one pound of salted butter, which rose from $5.96 in May to $6.12 in June; and a one pound package of bacon, which rose from $8.03 in May to $8.27 in June.

The biggest price decline last month was for select-a-size paper towels, which dropped from $23.99 to $20.99, a 12.5% decline. The biggest year-over-year price decline was for whole-bean coffee. In June 2023, it sold for $14.10 for a 12 oz. bag. Last month it cost $11.83, a decline of 16%.

Many other items in the cart, such as chicken noodle soup, a 2-liter bottle of cola and 12.3 oz. of frozen waffles were the same price as in May.

The full Index is below:

The June Shopping Cart Index


June 2023

May 2024June 2024
Penne Pasta 16 oz.$1.96$1.93$1.95
Select-a-size paper towels$20.99$23.99$20.99
White Albacore tuna in water 5oz.$2.23$2.27$2.26
Chicken noodle soup 10.75 oz.$1.41$1.43$1.43
Cola 2-liter bottle$2.88$2.89$2.89
Whole milk half-gallon$2.73$2.73$2.73
Whole bean coffee 12 oz.$14.10$11.83$11.83
Organic eggs one dozen$5.64$5.52$5.56
Waffles 10 ct. 12.3 oz.$3.21$3.29$3.29
Frosted donuts 8 ct.$5.31$5.47$5.40
Tomato ketchup 20 oz.$3.89$3.85$3.84
Mayonnaise 30 oz.$5.83$6.29$6.29
Honey Nut cereal 18.8 oz.$5.56$5.57$5.58
American cheese single 24 ct.$5.52$5.50$5.50
Salted butter 1 lb.$5.41$5.96$6.12
Classic potato chips 8 oz. bag$4.11$3.93$3.83
Honey wheat bread 20 oz.$3.72$3.79$3.78
Cookies 14.3 oz.$5.05$5.13$5.08
Bacon 16 oz.$6.96$8.03$8.27
Liquid dish detergent 46 oz.$5.57$5.58$5.58
Spring water 16.9 oz. 32 ct.$7.50$7.66$7.66
1000 sheet toilet paper 12 ct.$12.23$12.27$12.27
Peanut butter 16.3 oz.$3.00$5.30$3.29
White rice 32 oz.$5.20$5.08$4.86
Laundry detergent 96 oz.$13.09$13.06$13.04
Cart Totals$151.14$156.35$153.32

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