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Food costs rise in region

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A 0.6 percent increase in food costs — the highest in two years — helped drive the Consumer Price Index in the greater New York region up 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pork chops, potatoes and cakes had higher price tags at the grocery store.

After four monthly declines in a row, the energy index rose 0.9 percent in October because of a hike in gasoline prices.

Inflation rose 1.5 percent in October compared to a year ago.

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