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Arizona food prices fall 1 percent in 3 months

Arizona food prices fall 1 percent in 3 months

CREATED Apr 13, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Retail food prices have fallen about 1 percent in the past three months.
   
The latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items was down 60 cents to $50.79 from the fourth quarter of 2011.
   
But the 2012 first quarter Marketbasket shows that food prices in Arizona are up 6 percent from a year earlier.
   
Nationally, the price for those items climbed 7 percent to $52.47.
   
The Farm Bureau says cooking at home and buying fruits and vegetables in season can help families get the best value for their dollar.

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