WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, prices of most foods sold in the grocery perimeter rose in April, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The food index for dairy and related products rose 2.5%, its largest monthly increase since July 2007. The index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs rose 1.4% and the index for cereals and bakery products increased 1.1%.

By contrast, the index for fresh fruits declined .5% percent, while the index for fresh vegetables was unchanged.

The index for all foods increased .9% in April, its 17th consecutive monthly increase. The index for food at home rose 1% after rising 1.5% the prior month.