Prices rise fastest for eggs, milk and cheese amid shortages of salad and other items

Supermarket price inflation in the UK has hit another record high, adding £837 to annual household bills, as shoppers increasingly turn to multiple supermarkets to hunt for bargains.

Price increases for groceries hit an all-time high of 17.5% in the four weeks to 19 March compared with a year earlier, according to the latest figures from the data firm Kantar. The prices of eggs, milk and cheese are rising at the fastest pace. The latest price rises mean an average annual household bill for groceries is £5,617, Kantar said.