NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Commodity cost increases and higher energy and freight costs brought significant food inflation in the first quarter of the calendar year, according to a study from Customer Growth Partners here, which is scheduled to be released on Thursday. The inflation results are based on field studies of 30-item baskets at Wal-Mart, Target and Aldi stores in four states. Flat or declining prices among health and beauty aids, household consumables and general merchandise resulted in ...

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