The price of our basket of meat and fish rose once again after a slight fall in the last survey to its second highest level since the feature began in January 2005.

It is now 0.2% more expensive than in the previous survey four weeks ago and 10.6% more expensive than at this time last year.

Of the four price changes, the two biggest were rises and the greatest was for whole, large chickens, which accounted for a 1.6% rise, though chicken breast fillets remained at the same price. This was the third consecutive rise in the price of whole chicken, though it was still 9.2% less expensive than at this time last year.

This series of increases will be welcomed by British farmers and processors who, according to poultry industry insiders, cannot continue to absorb rises in poultry feed, energy, labour and packaging costs without improved returns.

The price of lamb leg joints rose again after a slight fall in the previous survey following a series of rises. This is despite a special offer at Morrisons. The price is now 1.1% more expensive than in the previous basket and 8.1% higher than at this time last year.

Beef prices remained fairly static, with a fall of 0.5% in the price of steak mince and no change in the average price of rump steak across the four retailers, despite a £2 per kilo price reduction at Asda.

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