WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices for food and beverages in May rose 0.4% after a 0.1% increase in April, the Labor Department reported this month. Over the year, food and beverage prices were up 2.2%. The index for food at home rose 0.6% in May , following a 0.1% rise in January. The increase in prices was due to an upturn in the index for dairy products and a larger increase in the index for fruits and vegetables, a Labor analyst said. The index for dairy products, which fell 3.3% in April, ...
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