The restaurant-grocery inflation gap, widened again in September. Over the past year, restaurant prices have increased 2.4 percent, according to federal data. Grocery prices have fallen 2.2 percent.
That’s a 460-basis-point spread, and a big difference in the change
in pricing by the two biggest industries that specialize in the sale of
food to consumers. It’s not difficult to imagine why consumers might be
dining at home more often this year.. . . more