Dia and Mercadona, the supermarket chains that have raised their prices the most. Dia & Go registers an increase of 17.1% and Mercadona 16.2% In addition, food prices register a historical rise after shooting up 15.2%, according to the annual report of the OCU (Organization of Consumers and Users.
This year’s report confirms that for the first time all supermarket chains without exception have raised their prices , being among the large chains, Dia and Mercadona, the ones that have raised their prices the most in this period.
“The national chains have raised their prices above the IPC, the most important thing is that there are many that have a very similar rise, between 11% and 15% and then others have risen more like Mercadona and those of the Dia group “, explained the price specialist technician, Miguel Ángel Pascual.
In this way, Dia establishments are the ones that have increased their prices the most, Dia & Go registering a rise of 17.1% , La Plaza de Dia, 16.2% and Dia, 15.2%, as well as Mercadona, which raised prices by 16.2%.
On the contrary, those that have increased prices the least have been Alimerka (8.4%) Carrefour Express (8.5%) and BM Urban (8.8%) . However, the consumer organization has reiterated that the rise in prices has been generalized and quite homogeneous in all the chains.
The Alcampo de Coia hypermarket in Vigo is the cheapest establishment in Spain of the supermarkets visited by the OCU, while the chains include Tifer, which is located in towns in Castilla y León; Dani, the local chain established in Jaén and Granada; and Family Cash. Alcampo and Supeco are the cheapest national chains to make the purchase.
While the establishment of Sánchez Romero on Calle Arturo Soria in Madrid takes over from La Moraleja (Madrid) and this year is the most expensive in Spain to fill the shopping basket, followed by Amazon, Novavenda and Ulabox.
According to the OCU, the cities where it is cheaper to make the purchase are Vigo, Ciudad Real, Jerez de la Frontera, Almería, Granada, Huelva, Puertollano and Palencia , while Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Girona, Madrid and Alcobendas-San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid) are the most expensive.
By autonomous communities, La Rioja, Extremadura, Galicia and Murcia are the cheapest regions , while the Balearic Islands and Catalonia are where it is more expensive to make the purchase.
The report has analyzed a total of 173,392 product prices after visiting 1,180 establishments spread over 65 Spanish cities in addition to the Internet.
General rise in prices
In this way, the price study highlights that it is a general rise in prices that affects 95% of the 239 that make up the shopping basket .
However, not all products rise the same, since the “brutal” increase in the price of sunflower oil stands out with a rise of 118% , which was not only due to the impact of the war in Ukraine, followed by cupcakes and those followed by muffins and margarine (75%) and bananas, pasta, olive oil and flour with increases of 50% or more, while price drops were detected only in 12 products such as shampoo (-5%) or in some fruits such as avocado (-10%) or kiwi (-6%)
The study highlights that the possibilities of saving vary a lot between cities, depending on where the purchase is made. Thus, the maximum saving is achieved in Madrid and reaches 3,529 euros , thanks to the great diversity of commercial offer that the Spanish capital has.
On the contrary, Cuenca (485 euros), Segovia (520 euros) and Pontevedra (526 euros) are the Spanish cities in which it is more difficult to save.
The prices of food products have registered a historical rise after shooting up 15.2% since the last supermarket study , according to the report carried out by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) on the cost of the shopping basket, which has detected the biggest rise in food prices in 34 years .
The director of communication and institutional relations of OCU, Ileana Izverniceanu, has highlighted that this year there has been a “historic rise” in food prices. “In addition, this year the average annual savings (in the shopping basket) does not exceed 1,000 euros , it shows that a little less is saved than last year, 7.3% less,” she explained at a conference. press.
In this way, a Spanish family can save an average of 994 euros per year in the shopping basket, depending on the establishment you choose when making your food purchases.
To update the information in the study, the organization has carried out a survey in Madrid and Barcelona with a small number of products and supermarkets in the last four months that have found that these price increases are maintained and that they may continue in the coming years. months.
Thus, 64% of the products rose in price, compared to 36% that fell , rising 0.9%, which is a very significant amount for such a short period of time.
Izverniceanu has acknowledged that the trend is “pessimistic” for the coming months, after this survey, since costs continue to rise “if they are not stopped.”