NEW YORK — Rapid food-cost inflation could subside shortly, but high energy prices will continue to challenge retailers and consumers, Steve Wieting, an economist for Citibank, said in a conference call last week. Wieting noted that weekly commodity prices for items like wheat, beef, chicken, corn and soybeans are either at or below their peak levels, “pointing to a diminished pace of future inflation,” which he estimated to be around 5% for food overall this year. In addition, Wieting ...

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