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ghello. Retailers have warned that on-shelf food prices are rising at the fastest rate in a decade, with stores passing the higher costs onto customers.

Food price inflation in stores rose to 4.3% in May according to the British Retail Consortium, the highest since 2012.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said the price increase will “get worse before it gets better”, adding: “With few signs that the cost burden for retailers will ease any time soon, they will have little room to manoeuvre, especially those whose supply chains are affected by lockdowns in China and the war in Ukraine.

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What happened overnight

Shares in Hong Kong fell in early trading on Wednesday morning, with the Hang Seng index falling 0.35% or 75.00 points to 21,340.20.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.34%, or 10.93 points, to 3,175.50, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China’s second-largest stock exchange fell 0.30%, or 5, 95 points, at 2,001.00.

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Wednesday, ignoring falls on Wall Street.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.18%, or 49.61 points, to 27,329.41 in early trading, while the broader Topix index rose 0.32%, or 6, 19 points, at 1,918.86.

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