The price of food shoots up in Spain despite the moderation in the cost of energy. Fuels and electricity gave a break in April to inflation that continues through the roof and stands at 8.3% after almost touching double digits in March. Although energy costs fell, the prices of food and beverages surged 10.1% in April due to higher prices for products such as meat, bread and cereals. Specifically, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell by 0.2% month-on-month and cut its year-on-year rate by 1.5 points, to 8.3%, due to lower electricity and gasoline prices, according to final data published this Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
Despite the cut in the general CPI, the food and beverage item increased by more than three points, to 10.1%, due to rises in most of its components. Among them, the increases in the prices of meat, bread and cereals, legumes and vegetables and milk, cheese and eggs stand out, higher this month than in April of the previous year.