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Prices rise at Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and AldiOUS News

A new analysis has shown that the price of common household items has risen nearly two pounds in the last three months.

An investigation by Newsquest’s digital optimization team found that the combined prices of ten common items at a weekly grocery store in the UK’s largest supermarkets rose amid the cost-of-living crisis, further straining the budgets of shoppers across the country.

We analyzed the prices of these common products as part of our #YourMoneyImportant A campaign launched by us and our sister publications at Newsquest to help readers overcome the cost of living surge.

As we have seen a range of household price hikes this year, from higher energy caps to skyrocketing inflation and food prices, it is costing households hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year.

We make it our mission to take care of your money with money saving offers, contests, giveaways and insightful stories from your community about the impact this cost of living crisis is having on our readers like you.

The global energy crisis exacerbated by the invasion of Ukraine, the financial fallout from the Covid pandemic, record inflation rates and skyrocketing prices for goods, fuel and travel mean we will all feel in need.

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What subjects did we cover?

Over the 12-week period from June 28 to September 13, 2022, we tracked a total of 10 essentials in a weekly grocery store of five of the UK’s largest supermarket chains – Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

The following items were tracked:

  • Medium white bread loaf (800g)
  • 2 pints semi-skimmed milk
  • Block of mature cheddar (350g or 400g)
  • Unsalted butter (250g)
  • Bag of granulated sugar (1kg)
  • Pack of 80 tea bags (with caffeine)
  • Medium whole chicken (raw)
  • Can of chopped tomatoes (400 g)
  • Medium Free Range Eggs (12 packs)
  • There are 4 rolls of toilet paper in the package.

To make the comparison as objective as possible, the prices of supermarket own brand products were tracked across all retail chains, such as Tesco 800g white bread and Aldi Cowbelle 250g British unsalted butter.

What did the findings reveal?

The findings showed that Morrisons had the sharpest increase in the combined prices of these ten items, from £16.96 on June 28 to £18.46 on September 13.

Meanwhile, the cheapest basket of ten items was Aldi, which rose the least in 12 weeks, from £14.17 on June 28 to £14.87 on September 13.

Elsewhere, Asda had its second-biggest collective price increase, from £15.58 on June 28 to £17.12 on September 13.

Sainsbury’s had the third largest collective price increase from £16.35 on 28 June to £16.94 on 13 September.

Tesco was ranked fourth in terms of cumulative price increases for its products, from £15.15 on June 28 to £16.59 on September 13.

Here is a breakdown of the cumulative prices in each supermarket:

What did each supermarket chain say about the prices of these items?

We reached out to each supermarket chain for a response to our findings and asked whether prices for home goods (such as those we tracked) will drop in the coming months.

We also asked what initiatives each chain had to help shoppers during the cost of living crisis.


In response to our findings, a Morrisons spokesperson told us, “This is an unprecedented period of inflation and we are working hard to bring prices down and make them competitive for our customers while maintaining high standards and availability across all of our stores.

“Some of the initiatives we have put in place to help customers save money include our Kids Eat Free Café offer, which is an ongoing offer that runs all day every day.

“For every adult meal purchased over £4.99, customers can also receive a children’s meal (which is served with fruit and a drink) absolutely free.

“We also introduced an improved My Morrisons loyalty program that makes it easier for customers to save money.

“My Morrisons are not points based, all savings are in pounds and can be spent immediately.

“Over the summer, our community activists partnered with local schools, community groups and HAF (Holiday Events and Food Program) to help prevent holiday hunger, and in our stores we are launching an “Ask Sandy” scheme where shoppers in need can go to any support service. customers across the country and ask for a package for “Sandy” or “Period Product Package”. Customers will then be provided with a complimentary, discreet, no-question-asked hygiene bag.”


An Asda spokesperson said: “We know how much the cost of living worries our customers right now and we do our best to keep the prices of their purchases as low as possible, which is why we are the best supermarkets. as shown by an independent study conducted by The Grocer and Which? magazines.

“This summer we launched Asda’s Just Essentials, which means customers will be able to choose from over 300 everyday products on the tightest of budgets, and combined with our Dropped & Locked Price promise, they can earn more. like Asda.


A Sainsbury spokesperson said: “With rising costs, we are working hard to keep prices low. We invest over half a billion pounds to ensure that the products people buy most often are on the shelves at the best prices, and we are confident that our Sainsbury’s Quality campaign, Aldi Price Match and the Price Lock promise will greatly benefit our customers.

“In stores and online, shoppers can now find new, low prices on everyday products from chicken breasts to minced meat, butter, onions and strawberries.

“The bold steps we are taking to focus on value mean that all of our customers will find great deals when they shop with us and they don’t have to go anywhere to get the best prices in their weekly store.”


While Tesco acknowledged the findings, the retailer added that they also have other products at lower prices, such as HW Neville’s 800g white bread at 36p, Willow Farm whole chicken 1.2-1.6kg at 3. £08 and 400g Grower’s Harvest chopped tomatoes at 28p.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “With increasing pressure on family budgets, we are absolutely committed to helping our customers, with a focus on weekly store value.

“We have significantly increased the number of offerings we offer, and whether it’s Aldi-matching base prices, the promise of low everyday prices for essential home products, or offering exclusive deals and rewards at thousands of club card prices, we are more committed than ever to providing our customers with greater value. value “.


An Aldi spokesperson said: “We are the lowest priced supermarket in the UK and our customers always pay less for their Aldi store.

“That’s why this study found that Big Four supermarkets are on average 15% more expensive than Aldi for a basket of essentials.

“Value is a top factor for most households as they grapple with rising costs and we promise our customers that we will always offer the lowest prices for groceries in the UK.”


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