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Grocery prices lower in Wisconsin than other states

Breakfast cereal is shown for sale at a Ralphs grocery store in Del Mar, California, March 6, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Breakfast cereal is shown for sale at a Ralphs grocery store in Del Mar, California, March 6, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin grocery shoppers paid 6-percent less than the national average for basic food items in March. That's according to the latest Farm Bureau Market Basket survey, which also revealed a slight increase in food prices over the past year.

Shoppers in almost 30 Wisconsin cities paid three-tenths of a percent more than last March for 16 basic food items. Some staples had some big price increases due to stronger exports and tight domestic supplies. Wisconsin shoppers paid 32-percent more for potatoes, 21-percent more for eggs, and 13-cents more for a gallon of milk. The prices hikes were off-set by reductions for other foods. White bread dropped 11-percent, and bagged salad cost 14-percent less. Six other items also had price cuts, including orange juice.

All told, the state's average price of the 16 food items was $50.04 -- up 13-cents from last March, but down slightly from last September. It was also more than $3 less than the national Farm Bureau figure of $53.27.

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