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Food prices rise as much as 20% in Vienna

A study  of Vienna's supermarkets by the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AK) has found that grocery prices have reached a record high this year - with the cost of some products rising as much as 20 percent in just one year.

A study of 40 products in eight supermarkets found that overall prices for food and cleaning products had increased nearly 5 percent year-on-year. The research was carried out as part of the AK's annual monitoring of prices in Austria.

This year's results showed a 4.8 percent increase in prices from March 2013 to March 2014. Some of the highest rise in prices were for items such as cheeses, that saw a 20 percent increase and fruits such as bananas and apples, the price of which saw a 16.6 percent and 11 percent rise respectively.

Popular items such as milk and coca cola also saw similar hikes, as well as shower items such as gel and shampoo which rose 11 percent and 8.9 percent.

Bargain shops such as Hofer and Lidl remain the best place to pick up the cheapest goods in the city, the research revealed.

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