Food and gas prices up in 2011

Consumer prices in Canada rose over the last year, but not alarmingly, Stats Canada reported yesterday.  Charting a 2.9% increase over the last year, Stats Canada attributed the jump primarily to food and gas prices, but noted that gas prices eased up over the last months. "Consumers paid 4.8% more for food in the 12 months to November, the largest increase since July 2009. The November gain follows a 4.3% increase posted in October," the government agency said.  The cost of transportation increased 5.7& in the 12 months to November, following a 6.7% gain in October caused by gasoline prices and insurance premiums.

Read all the details on the prices increases here.


The 12-month change in the CPI and CPI excluding food

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