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Statistics Canada reported on Friday that inflation in December fell to 2.3 per cent

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Stephanie Venne works at her mom's flower shop on Thursday at downtown Montreal's Atwater Market, a hot spot for lovers of food. When Statistics Canada reports inflation numbers on Friday, they are expected to show an overall drop to 2.7 per cent in December.

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Canada's core rate of inflation, which strips out food and energy, fell to 1.9 per cent.

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An Atwater Market bakery in Montreal. The rise in food prices abated as 2011 came to an end.

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December's rise in food prices is expected to be soft. Pictured is an Atwater fish monger.

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Shoppers browse the vegetable stand at Luc Jasmin's shop in Atwater Market.

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Shoppers paid 4.8 per cent more for food in the first 11 months of 2011.

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