FOOD INFLATION UP 1.8% IN FIRST HALF

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Inflation in supermarket food prices during the first half of the year increased 1.8% against the first half of 1997, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.he horizon indicating we'll have significant price changes for the next six months," said Annette Clauson, an agriculture economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Clauson forecasts supermarket food prices to end the

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Inflation in supermarket food prices during the first half of the year increased 1.8% against the first half of 1997, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

he horizon indicating we'll have significant price changes for the next six months," said Annette Clauson, an agriculture economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Clauson forecasts supermarket food prices to end the year 2% to 2.5% above 1997 levels, in line with the rate of inflation expect

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