NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Grocery prices by late March were up by 6.5% from early January — an annualized increase of 26%, the sharpest in a generation, according to figures released Tuesday by Customer Growth Partners here. CGP’s standard market basket of frequently purchased grocery and other household staples showed that the overall market basket increase for the three month period was held to 2.4% by flat or slightly declining prices in HBA, household consumables and general merchandise. ...

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