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Depending on the city in which you live, the price of the food shopping basket can vary up to 24%.

These are some of the first conclusions of the new instrument that the government has introduced so that citizens can save during a crisis, or so they think.

The first study of Retail Price Observatory in Food and Drug Stores, which is the name of this project, launched last September, was presented yesterday by Minister of Industry and Trade Miguel Sebastian.

This price observatory will be published on a quarterly basis and will include product price indices by class, province, enterprise and brand.

In the first study, he ranked the city of Bilbao as the most expensive to buy and Salamanca as the cheapest. However, the difference in prices is found not only between the cities, but also between establishments where the observatory specifies that the groups Uvesco,, The English court and Consumption appear as the most expensive and Gadisha,, Alimerka and Carrefour they are the cheapest.

Minister Sebastian stressed yesterday, during the presentation of the Price Observatory, that with this instrument there will be “greater transparency” in prices, so that consumers can save between 76 and 160 euros each month.

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The observatory also analyzes the development of prices among fresh products, where the difference between the different chains reaches 74% for fish, 61% for fruit and vegetables and 56% for meat products.

In addition, in the standard shopping basket, prices can vary by 12% between the city with the lowest prices of fresh produce (Cáceres) and the city with the highest prices (Ciudad Real). In the case of a cheap purchase, prices can vary between 41% if we do it in the cheapest city (Zamora) and the most expensive (Huelva).

Although all this is relative, as other variables such as product quality, variety of offer, customer service or location of establishments were not evaluated in this study. And as you know, we will not travel more than 100 kilometers to save 100 euros.

Everyone knows how to save a few “euros” in the city where he lives. Where to buy for day to day. Where to go to make a weekly or biweekly purchase. Which butcher shop is cheaper (in terms of quality / price). In the fish trade more than the same, etc.

All this is not new and these studies ultimately, for the consumer, prove nothing. On the contrary, it could be a double-edged sword for the establishments involved in the study.

This is from the “common knowledge” that The English court This is one of the most expensive restaurants (although it is one of the highest in quality) and that Día or Lidl supermarkets are the cheapest, although they are of “racanean” quality.

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For this reason, the management of high distribution, Modified, criticizes the ‘lack of rigor’ initiative for failing to take into account factors such as product quality.

If you want to know the full report, you can visit the website There you can make comparisons of the prices offered by the supermarkets in your nearest city.

Do you find this type of research useful when it comes to preparing your shopping cart?


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