Restaurants continued to increase at historically high rates in February as operators continued using their pricing power to offset higher costs for food and labor.

Overall food-away-from-home prices increased 4% in February, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was the lowest rate since August, but it’s also coming on a much higher overall level of price.

Over the past year, food-away-from-home prices have increased 6.8%, the highest rate since 1981.


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