SUPERMARKET prices have increased up to 10% in the past month as buyers stock up due to the coronavirus lockout.
Households have been largely confined to their homes since March 23 and are only allowed to leave once a day to exercise, go to the supermarket or go to work if they cannot do their work outside. home.
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But we see shelves stripped of food as people store essential items.
Supermarkets have had to ration their purchases for the first time since World War II – although most of these restrictions have been lifted.
Some supermarkets have even obtained multi-buy discounts to prevent shoppers from buying more than one item.
Research company Kantar said March had the biggest month of supermarket sales ever, reaching £ 10.8 billion, more than at Christmas.
But prices have also exploded in some supermarkets in the past month, according to the latest data from professional publication The Grocer, which examined a basket of 33 private label and branded products through items such as bread, pasta, tea bags and sausage.
It follows separate data from the Office for National Statistic (ONS) released this week, which found that prices for pasta, pet food and diapers rose 8% in the past month.
In terms of supermarkets as a whole, based on The Grocer’s product basket, Morrisons buyers posted the worst result with prices up 9.6% or £ 7.03 from £ 73.51 at £ 80.54.
The supermarket largely attributes the increase in the price of Ariel 3-in-1 pods, which rose by £ 2.71 from £ 9.29 to £ 12.
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Asda experienced the second largest increase with prices up 4.2% or £ 3.02 from £ 70.63 to £ 73.65 – although it still has the cheapest basket in the market. together.
It was followed by the posh Waitrose supermarket, which saw prices rise 3.4% or £ 2.60, from £ 88.22 to £ 90.82, which was also the most expensive basket in the together.
But buyers from Sainsbury’s and Tesco saw prices drop slightly.
At Sainsbury’s, prices fell 0.6% or 47p from £ 76.73 to £ 76.26, while Tesco prices fell 0.9% or 74p from £ 78.52 to 77.78 £.
But it was a different story when it came to prices compared to the same period last year, with prices down 2.3% in Asda, 2.1% in Sainsbury’s and 0.9% in Tesco .
The grocer says it could indicate that prices were not driven by the coronavirus.
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But prices rose 0.5% each year in Morrisons and 2.2% in Waitrose.
The Sun has contacted all the supermarkets that have posted monthly increases and we will update this story as soon as we have an answer.
A spokesperson for Waitrose & Partners said: “We always aim to offer our customers good value for money in all our ranges and we check prices on all lines every week, but prices may be subject to fluctuations of the market. “