In March, cucumbers, olive oil and cheese topped Britain's inflation chart. Traditional fish and chips saw the biggest price rise for diners. The cost of a cucumber was up a cool 52% in the 12 months to March, at an average of 84 pence ($1.05) each, while olive oil cost 49% more. The price of 'hard cheese' - a category which includes Swiss cheeses emmental and gruyere - rose 44% and the more popular cheddar cost an extra 42% at 9.29 pounds a kilo.
Sharp rises in food prices have continued to squeeze consumers in Britain and across much of Europe, even as the average rate of inflation across goods and services as a whole has started to decline.