FOOD INFLATION EXPECTED TO BARELY SIMMER

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Food inflation should be relatively constrained for the remainder of the year despite anticipated higher prices for fruits and vegetables.Falling meat prices are expected to temper the overall food-price situation, although the changes may not be dramatic enough to please the majority of consumers.While inflation has become the non-issue of 1998, many economists disagree on what

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Food inflation should be relatively constrained for the remainder of the year despite anticipated higher prices for fruits and vegetables.

Falling meat prices are expected to temper the overall food-price situation, although the changes may not be dramatic enough to please the majority of consumers.

While inflation has become the non-issue of 1998, many economists disagree on what that might mean for the now-healthy economy and now-steady interest rates. It

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