Supermarket prices have risen “on average” 38% in three years, according to the OCU

Supermarket prices have risen “on average” 38% in the last three years, as reported this Wednesday by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU).

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
03 April 2024 Wednesday 17:07
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Supermarket prices have risen “on average” 38% in three years, according to the OCU

Supermarket prices have risen “on average” 38% in the last three years, as reported this Wednesday by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU).

He did so in a statement in which he presented the main results of an analysis of the evolution of 122 consumer food and drugstore products and more than 55,000 prices in the online supermarkets of Alcampo, Carrefour, Condis, Dia, El Corte Inglés, Eroski and Mercadona in Barcelona, ​​Gijón, La Coruña, Madrid, Palma, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid and Zaragoza.

The entity judged the registration of this data between December 2020 and December 2023 to be “very worrying,” compared to “just over 6% of salaries in that same period.” According to their study, the “main increases” are observed in Carrefour (45%) and Alcampo (43%), followed by Mercadona (38%), El Corte Inglés (37%), Eroski (34%), Condis (33% ) and Dia (32%).

Among foods, the “biggest increases” are seen in mild olive oil (225%), white sugar (91%), orange juice (81%), eggs (67%), round rice ( 66%) and carrots (65%).

However, they are also “significant” in plain yogurt (58%), salmon slices (56%), macaroni (55%), ice cream bars (55%), and whole milk (53%), while the “smallest increases” occurred among fruits and vegetables, in which, however, they exceeded 20% on average.

The “most” of the increase in prices, at least in fresh products, takes place at origin, although, for the organization, “this does not have to imply that they have greater profits, since they have borne significant increases in costs in the fertilizers and fuels. Among the “exceptions,” he cited foods such as apples and bananas, which “have experienced greater increases in the supermarkets themselves.”

Although, in its opinion, the VAT reduction “has had a limited impact on price control,” OCU demanded that it be “maintained beyond June and extended to meat and fish” and considered “essential.” ” “substantially” increase the 200 euro check for families with incomes of less than 27,000 euros, as well as the number of beneficiaries, increasing the income limit.