In March 2016, prices of frequently purchased goods decreased slightly again in hyper and supermarketsPrice Index in large and predominantly-food stores - March 2016

In March 2016, prices of frequently purchased goods faltered slightly once again in hyper and supermarkets as well as in large and predominantly food stores (-0.1% for both kinds of stores, as in February).

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In March 2016, prices of frequently purchased goods faltered slightly once again in hyper and supermarkets as well as in large and predominantly food stores (−0.1% for both kinds of stores, as in February).

By contrast, excluding hyper and supermarkets, prices of frequently purchased goods continued to edge up (+0.1% after +0.2% in February).

Considering all the kinds of stores, prices of frequently purchased goods declined by 0.1% over one month.

Year-on-year, prices still decreased in hyper and supermarkets

Year-on-year, prices of frequently purchased goods in hyper and supermarkets dropped by 0.3% in March, as in the previous month. In large and predominantly food stores, they also fell by 0.3% year-on-year.

Conversely, prices of frequently purchased goods accelerated slightly again in the other kinds of stores (+0.7% year-on-year in March after +0.6% in February and +0.4% in January).

Considering all stores, prices of frequently purchased goods were overall stable year-on-year in March as in the two previous months.

Graphique1English – Frequently purchased goods price indexes year-on-year change %

  • Geographical coverage: metropolitan France
  • Source: INSEE - Consumer Price Indexes

Graphique2English – Frequently purchased goods price indexes

  • Geographical coverage: metropolitan France
  • Source: INSEE - Consumer Price Indexes

Tableau1English – Prices of frequently purchased goods

2015: 100
Prices of frequently purchased goods
Index Changes (%) compared to
March 2016 last month (m-o-m) 12 months before (y-o-y)
Hyper and supermarkets (A) 99.70 −0.1 −0.3
Large and predominantly food stores (A + neighborhood stores) 99.72 −0.1 −0.3
Other stores 100.48 0.1 0.7
All stores 99.91 −0.1 0.0
  • Geographical coverage: metropolitan France
  • Source: INSEE - Consumer Price Indexes

Tableau2English – Prices of frequently purchased goods detailed by main items

2015: 100
Prices of frequently purchased goods detailed by main items
Index Changes (%) compared to
March 2016 last month (m-o-m) 12 months before (y-o-y)
Food and beverages (excluding fresh foodstuffs) 99.81 −0.1 −0.1
- Meat 100.20 0.0 0.6
- Beverages 99.67 −0.1 −0.3
- Other food products 99.65 −0.2 −0.4
Clearing and personal care products 99.13 −0.2 −1.1
Total Hyper-and-Supermarkets 99.70 −0.1 −0.3
  • Geographical coverage: metropolitan France
  • Source: INSEE - Consumer Price Indexes

Further moderate decline in food prices in hyper and supermarkets

In March 2016, prices of food excluding fresh foodstuffs sold in hyper and supermarkets slipped by 0.1% for the third month in a row. Year-on-year, they were down by 0.1%, as in February.

Prices of meat were overall stable, as in February. Year-on-year, they increased by 0.6%, slightly more than in February (+0.4%). In March 2015, they had diminished by 0.4% year-on-year.

Beverage prices fell down slightly (−0.1%) over one month, as in February. In March, this decline affected both alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic ones. Year-on-year, prices of beverages sold in supermarkets were down slightly (−0.3% as in February).

Prices of other food products (excluding fresh food) edged down in March (−0.2%), after a drop by 0.1% in February. Year-on-year, they slipped by 0.4% for the fifth month in a row. In March 2015, they had fallen by 1.4% year-on-year.

Downturn in prices of cleaning and personal care products in hyper and supermarkets

In March, prices of cleaning and personal care products sold in hyper and supermarkets faltered by 0.2% after a stability in February. Year-on-year, they decreased by 1.1% as in the two previous month. In March 2015, their fall had been even more pronounced year-on-year (−2.3%).

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