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Fast Food Pricing Up 40% since 2019, Bad for You and Your Wallet

Food is on sale again——from the soaring prices over the past two years, that is. In grocery stores, the portion of food sold on promotion has reached a level not seen since 2019, according to research firm NielsenIQ, but shoppers are still paying more than one-third more than they did then. According to research firm Circana, restaurant visits benefiting from deals this year have returned to pre-pandemic levels for the first time, though diners are still paying about 40% more on average per fast-food order than they did in 2019, industry consulting firm Revenue Management Solutions said.


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