Alcampo and Dani, the cheapest chains to buy, and Sánchez Romero, the most expensive

According to a study by the OCU, Carrefour has lowered its prices in the pandemic and Mercadona and Eroski have raised them.

The impact of the coronavirus has been felt in supermarket prices, which have risen by 2.8% on average; although that depends on where the purchase is made. The Alcampo de Coia hypermarket in Vigo repeats as the cheapest establishment in Spain of the supermarkets visited by the OCU, while by chains They are Dani, Economy Cash, Tifer, Alcampo and Supeco the most affordable.

Two Sánchez Romero establishments in Madrid also remain the most expensive in Spain, followed by Sorli Discau, Plus Fresc, Condis, Suma and Ulabox. according to the annual price study carried out by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU).

The cities where it is cheaper to make the purchase are Jerez de la Frontera, followed by Teruel, Zamora and Ciudad Real. On the contrary, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the most expensive city, followed by Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.

By autonomous communities, Castilla y León, Murcia, Extremadura, Asturias, Galicia and Andalusia are the cheapest regions to make the purchase, while Catalonia, the Basque Country, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are the most expensive.

big chains

Here, the evolution in the big chains has been uneven, Carrefour being the only one in which prices have dropped, according to the annual price study carried out by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU).

On the other hand, the chains where the cost of the basket increased the most have been Eroski Center, Supersol and Mercadona. In the economic basket, the one that includes the cheapest and private label products, there is greater diversity of behavior. Here, eight chains have lowered their prices, Carrefour Market, Dia Maxi and Dia Market stand out. On the contrary, in the vast majority of chains at the national level, prices have risen, highlighting the increases in Eroski Center and SaveMas.

OCU warns that the impact of the coronavirus It is being noticed in supermarkets, with a change in consumer habits that buy less often, but more quantity. In addition, they buy more products that they now do not consume outside the home and many more through the internet.

“But the main repercussion is in the rise in prices, well above a CPI that is currently in negative terms, and its impact is increased by the more than foreseeable reduction in family spending, as occurred in 2008”, they point out.

Compared to the prices collected in 2019, the shopping basket has risen on average by 2.8%. 64% of the products that make up the OCU basket have risen in price.

The increases are especially high in the case of fresh products, that reach 4% and where fruits and vegetables stand out. Manufacturer brand products have risen on average by 2%, compared to private label products, which alone have fallen by 0.3%.

971 euros of savings

Despite the rise in prices, the OCU study shows that it is possible to achieve significant savings by buying at the cheapest establishment. This year the average savings drops to 971 euros, a decrease that is explained by the greater homogeneity of prices between the establishments, due above all to the lower increase in prices of the most expensive establishments.

Even so, it is an important figure that represents 19% of the average annual expenditure of a family, that is, an average family could buy for almost two and a half months more buying in the cheapest establishment. However, the possibilities of saving vary a lot between cities.

The maximum saving is achieved in Madrid and reaches 3,226 euros, due above all to the great diversity of commercial offer that the capital of Spain has. On the contrary, Cuenca is in 2020 the city in which it is most difficult to save since there are only 247 euros between the most expensive and the cheapest establishment.

In addition to Madrid, the cities with the greatest savings are Alcobendas (€2,690), internet (€2,068), Barcelona (€1,966) and Gerona (€1,632). On the other hand, the cities where you can save the least are, in addition to Cuenca, Ciudad Real (€261), #vila (€268), Soria (€275) and Puertollano (€307).