World food prices stable in Jan after 3 months of falls-FAO

ROME Thu Feb 7, 2013 4:18am EST

ROME Feb 7 (Reuters) - World food prices stabilised in January after falling in the previous three months as a rebound in oils prices offset declines in cereals and sugar, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday.

The FAO Food Price Index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 210 points in January, unchanged from December, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

The Rome-based agency also raised its view of world cereal output in 2012 to 2.302 billion tonnes, up 20 million tonnes from its previous forecast.

Its outlook for world cereal stocks by end of season in 2013 remained unchanged at 495 million tonnes, which will be down 3 percent from their opening level. (Reporting By Catherine Hornby)

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