Utahns seeing relief in the grocery aisle

Utahns seeing relief in the grocery aisle

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SALT LAKE CITY -- There's new evidence Utahns are seeing relief in the grocery aisle.

The latest Consumer Price Index report from Wells Fargo shows grocery food prices along the Wasatch Front dropped 1.7 percent in June. The prices of meat, poultry, fish and eggs dropped 4.6 percent.

Shoppers at a grocery store in downtown Salt Lake City were hopeful the trend would continue.

"A lot! Yeah, I just moved into a new apartment, so the lower prices really help," said Sean Beckstead.

Some KSL talked to, though, haven't noticed a change yet. Christy Ciccotelli was frustrated with rising costs across the board.

"It's extremely frustrating," she said. "My husband's in school, and tuition is going up, and housing's going up--everything is going up--and food prices are going up, and there isn't as much food to get. It's just smaller. The only thing that is down is milk."

Others have a different perspective on prices. Matt Lieber is originally from Salt Lake City, but has been living in Switzerland. He says prices have been considerably higher.

"I'm happy," Lieber says. "I bring home my suitcases and load up as many groceries as I can get."

Grocery food prices are still up 8.8 percent over four-months time, compared to last year. Eating out is also up 7.7 percent in that time, although it also declined in June 0.3 percent.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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