Food prices in New Zealand decreased in April by 0.6 percent compared to March, Statistics NZ reported on Tuesday.

The agency said the most significant decrease came in the fruit and vegetables category, which was down 2.0 percent thanks largely to seasonal falls in the price of kiwifruit.

Besides fruits and vegetables, declines were also seen in the grocery, meat/poultry/fish and non-alcoholic beverage groups. Restaurant meals/ready-to-eat foods was the only category to increase for the month.

For the full year to April, Statistics NZ said overall food prices increased 7.6 percent, with increases seen in all five sub-categories.

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