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Food inflation takes bigger bite in Japan, with bread leading way

Manufacturers overcome retailer resistance, carry out most planned price hikes

Loaves of bread line the shelves at a supermarket in Tokyo. White bread cost 6% more at the register in February compared to three months earlier. (Photo by Hiroshi Endo)

TOKYO -- From bread and pasta to frozen items, Japanese food manufacturers are raising prices at a pace not seen in years and having more success at persuading retailers to pass inflation costs onto consumers, a Nikkei study shows.

Nikkei examined prices at roughly 470 Japanese supermarkets, comparing average store prices between November and February. The findings are based on pricing data from Nikkei POS.

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