The average value of the cheapest basic basket of 15 food items was more than six percent lower in the census on September 12 than in the previous census and the lowest so far. The average value of the expanded basket of 28 foods also fell to its lowest level so far.
The average value of the cheapest basic basket this time was 26.78 euros, which is 1.75 euros less than at the previous census on August 29. The cheapest basket was offered by Lidl (26.05 euros), followed by Hofer (26.44 euros), Mercator (26.53 euros), Spar (26.67 euros), Eurospin (27.21 euros) and Tuš (27. 77 euros), the Ministry of Agriculture announced.
The average value of the cheapest products in the expanded basket of 28 basic food groups also fell to its lowest value so far. This time it amounts to 43.86 euros, which is more than five percent or 2.40 euros less than at the previous census.
This time, Lidl offered the cheapest extended basket of 28 basic food groups at a price of 42.86 euros. This is followed by baskets from retailers Mercator (43.15 euros), Hofer (43.21 euros), Eurospin (44.37 euros), Spar (44.50 euros) and Tuš (45.07 euros).
With the most recent price list, the market inspectorate carried out a stricter control of the monitoring and marking of prices at some traders. As the ministry explained, they received several complaints and observations from consumers in connection with the prices of food from the basket. In particular, there are suspicions of practices that can lead to misleading advertising of the cheapest baskets. The findings of the inspection control will be known after the end of the procedures.
On the Primerjaj-cene.si website, in addition to the regular bi-weekly monitoring of the prices of the basic and extended basket of basic food groups, it is also possible to monitor and compare the prices of more than 17,000 food items in the online stores of the four largest Slovenian online food retailers – Tuš, Spara, Mercator and Jagra – on a daily basis. .