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UK supermarket group Morrisons cuts fresh food prices

Branding for Morrisons is seen in a conference room in central London, Britain September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's fourth-largest supermarket operator Morrisons (MRW.L) on Sunday said it was cutting the price of more than 1,000 products, with an average drop of 19 percent across fruit and vegetable lines.

The firm said it was launching a rolling program of reductions that will see the price of selected items cut for a minimum of three months. Morrisons said it would use it own fresh food manufacturing business to help keep prices down.

The announcement of discounts come as the country's four main supermarkets, Asda (WMT.N), Tesco (TSCO.L), Sainsbury's (SBRY.L) and Morrisons battle to stem a loss of customers to discounters Aldi (ALDIEI.UL) and Lidl (LIDUK.UL).

Earlier this month, Morrisons posted a surprise rise in sales over the festive period, ending three years of declines.

(Reporting by William James, editing by Louise Heavens)