Meals inflation stands out in October client pricing surge

A lot to the dismay of U.S. customers, client costs jumped greater than 6% in October, boosted primarily by surging gasoline costs but additionally continued excessive inflation for meals.

The Shopper Worth Index (all city shoppers) rose 6.2% year-over-year (unadjusted) for October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported yesterday. What’s extra, the 0.9% month-to-month enhance (seasonally adjusted) greater than doubled the 0.4% uptick from August to September.

Meals pricing was up 5.3% yr over yr in October, with the month-to-month acquire of 0.9% the identical as in September. Meals-at-home costs climbed 5.3% throughout October versus a yr earlier, however the month noticed the second straight sequential enhance of 1% or extra. Month-to-month food-at-home pricing escalated 1% for October and 1.2% for September, the best for the yr to this point.

Compared, food-away-from-home index in October superior 5.3% from a yr in the past, with a month-to-month enhance of 0.8%, up from 0.5% for September.

Elevated power prices have been the primary wrongdoer for October’s CPI surge, up 30% yr over yr and 4.8% month to month. Fuel and gasoline oil costs jumped 49.6% and 59.1%, respectively, versus a yr in the past. The month-to-month upticks have been 6.1% for gasoline and 12.3% for gasoline oil.

Excluding meals and power, October’s CPI rose 4.6% from a yr in the past and 0.6% from a month in the past, in response to BLS.

Within the food-at-home phase, the entire six main grocery-store meals group indexes have been up for October versus a yr earlier. The index for meat, poultry, fish and eggs climbed 11.9%, together with will increase of 20.1% for beef and 14.1% for pork, its largest 12-month uptick since December 1990, BLS famous. Over the past 12 months, will increase within the different main grocery meals indices ranged from 1.8% in dairy and associated merchandise to 4.5% in non-alcoholic drinks.

Month-to-month beneficial properties in grocery meals indices for October included 1.7% for meat, poultry, fish and eggs (following a 2.2% uptick in September); 3.1% for beef; 1.1% for cereal and bakery merchandise (following a 1.1% enhance in September); 0.8% for non-alcoholic drinks; 0.2% for dairy and associated merchandise; and 0.1% for fruit and greens. BLS stated the index for “different meals at residence” rose 1.2% from the earlier month, the phase’s largest month-to-month enhance since April 2020, simply after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shopper notion of current value will increase throughout classes


The continuing value hikes aren’t being neglected by meals customers.

When respondents in BofA International Analysis’s October Shopper Spending Survey, launched this week, have been requested the place they’ve seen probably the most dramatic value will increase lately, almost 60% of the 1,000 customers polled cited the grocery retailer. Over the subsequent three months, 30% of shoppers stated they count on to spend extra in grocery, the next proportion than in some other product/service class.

Almost 30% of shoppers within the BofA ballot named the grocery retailer because the class/venue the place they count on probably the most dramatic enhance of their spending over the subsequent 12 months. On the flip facet, roughly 15% additionally cited grocery shops because the place the place they’ve lately seen probably the most dramatic uptick in reductions, promotions and value reductions. Additionally, 20% of respondents reported that, over the previous few months, they selected to not purchase a grocery merchandise (meals and/or drinks) as a result of they couldn’t discover a good value or the choice was poor.

“Forward of two of probably the most food-centric U.S. holidays, provide chain disruptions are elevating grocery payments — and shoppers are noticing. Amid media experiences about surging grocery prices, almost seven in 10 U.S. shoppers count on costs for meals and non-alcoholic drinks to extend this vacation season in contrast with earlier years,” in response to Emily Moquin, meals and beverage analyst at information intelligence agency Morning Seek the advice of.

“Elevated consciousness of provide chain points is driving shoppers’ expectations of upper grocery costs,” she famous in a report this week on vacation meals spending. “Amongst those that say they’ve heard ‘lots’ in regards to the provide chain disaster, the proportion who count on grocery costs to extend this yr climbs 16 proportion factors to 85%.”


Of two,200 U.S. adults polled Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 by Morning Seek the advice of, 26% stated they spent extra on groceries in October versus the earlier month, whereas 63% reported they spend about the identical. Greater than half of respondents have been “very or considerably involved” about the price of meat (80%), produce (76%), dairy (70%), pantry objects (68%), drinks (62%) and elements like oils and spices (60%). Forty-nine p.c have been “very or considerably involved” about alcoholic beverage pricing.

“To save cash on grocery payments, many patrons interact in a spread of cost-cutting habits. Evaluating costs and switching from identify manufacturers to generic or retailer manufacturers high the checklist, and a minimum of one-third of customers say they “typically” take such measures to save cash,” Moquin defined. “One cost-saving behavior is of explicit concern for meals and beverage manufacturers: switching to generic or store-brand merchandise. This development is comparatively constant throughout all age teams and dips solely barely amongst higher-income shoppers (these in households incomes greater than $100,000 yearly).”


Evaluating costs topped the checklist of how for slicing grocery payments, with 46% of shoppers within the Morning Seek the advice of survey saying they typically use that technique, adopted by 36% who report typically shopping for private-label objects as a substitute of nationwide manufacturers. Different grocery cost-saving strategies typically utilized by respondents included coupons (cited by 25%), procuring at a number of shops (24%), shopping for in bulk (18%), buying much less meat (18%), shopping for in smaller portions (16%) and buying fewer objects general (16%).