Greggs prospects might face additional value rises after the bakery chain warned that its prices would rise by 9% this 12 months – 4 proportion factors greater than predicted firstly of 2022.The corporate stated price inflation “elevated considerably” within the first half of the 12 months led by pricier meals and packaging.Greggs added 5p to 10p to the worth of its merchandise firstly of 2022 and raised costs once more in Might because it stated the price of elements was growing. At first of the 12 months, the group predicted costs would rise by 5% and upgraded that to 7% in March earlier than the most recent improve.Fears of shortages of cereals and sunflower oil from Ukraine in addition to petrochemicals from Russia have added to present inflation attributable to vitality and gas value rises, and a bounce-back in demand since pandemic restrictions eased in lots of components of the world.Gross sales on the chain rose by 27% to £694.5m within the six months to 2 July as consumers returned to excessive streets following the loosening of Covid-related restrictions. Fast development of Greggs’ night meal choices, akin to pizza, have been additionally an element. Nevertheless, pre-tax earnings remained regular at £55.8m amid rising prices and the corporate stated it continued to count on that earnings wouldn’t rise for the 12 months.Signal as much as the day by day Enterprise At the moment e mail or comply with Guardian Enterprise on Twitter at @BusinessDeskThe retailer stated it had fastened enter costs for a mean of 5 months throughout key areas because it tried to restrict the consequences of inflation.Roisin Curry, the chief government who took over from Roger Whiteside earlier this 12 months, stated Greggs had opened 70 retailers within the first half of the 12 months and anticipated opening 80 extra by December.“In a market the place shopper incomes are underneath stress Greggs presents distinctive worth for patrons in search of food and drinks on the go. We’re nicely positioned to navigate the extensively publicised challenges affecting the economic system and proceed to have plenty of thrilling development alternatives forward, with a transparent technique for growth. We stay assured in Greggs’ skill to ship continued success,” she stated.