Cheapest UK supermarket in November revealed

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Cheapest UK supermarket in November revealed
Which? also named Aldi as the cheapest UK supermarket for Christmas dinner. Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/Sipa USA

Aldi retained its title of the UK's cheapest supermarket in November, according to the latest analysis from consumer group Which?

Which? looked at the cost of a basket of 23 items, including groceries and household essentials, in its monthly cheapest supermarket price comparison.

Aldi come in cheapest at just £24.64 ($32.66) — 87p cheaper than budget rival Lidl where the same basket cost £25.51, just 3% more. 

Asda was the third cheapest, with the same shopping coming in at £25.57.

The same basket of items cost £28.87at Tesco (TSCO.L), the UK's largest supermarket.

The items cost 20% more at Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L), at £29.62, and 23% more at Morrisons, at £30.35.

Waitrose was the most expensive supermarket in November, with the items costing £34.79 — £10.15, or 41%, higher than Aldi.

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Items with some of the biggest price differences included Malteasers which had a difference of £1.44 between Aldi and Waitrose, and PG Tips tea bags, which had a difference of £1.45.

Which? also compared a trolley of with 72 items, including a greater selection of branded items that aren’t always available at the discount supermarkets.

In this comparison, Asda was the cheapest, with the items coming to £136.31. Sainsbury's was in second place, with £140.96.

Waitrose was again the most expensive, at £157.13 — £20.82 more costly than Asda.

Asda has now been the cheapest mainstream non-discounter supermarket for 23 consecutive months, having taken the top spot every month since January 2020, according to Which?

In a separate comparison of prices for nine ingredients to make Christmas dinner for six people, including turkey, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding, Which? also named Aldi as the UK's cheapest supermarket for Christmas dinner.

Aldi’s total came to £27.38 — just 9p less than Lidl, at £27.47.

Asda was third-cheapest, at £27.62, followed by Tesco, where the ingredients cost £28.01. 

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There was just a 1p difference between the cost of the items at Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, at £31.89 and £31.90 respectively.

Waitrose was the most expensive for Christmas dinner, at £42.17 — £14.79, or 54%. more than Aldi.

Aldi and Lidl were the cheapest for Christmas turkey, with frozen turkey crowns coming in at £12.99 at both discounters. The same item was £9.01, or 40%, more at Waitrose, where it was £22.

Brussels sprouts were cheapest at Aldi, at 60p for 500g, compared to £1.35 at Waitrose.

However, Waitrose was cheapest for red cabbage, at only 43p. Asda was the most expensive at 88p.

There have been increased concerns about increasing grocery prices in the UK over the past month, due to rising inflation. Prices in shops rose by 0.3% in November 2021 for the first time since May 2019, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and data provider Nielsen.

Food price inflation rose to 1.1% in November, up from 0.5% in October, and above the 12 and six-month average price growth rates of 0.1% and the highest inflation rate since November 2020. 

Fresh food inflation increased to 1.2% in November, up from 0.3% in October — the highest inflation rate since August 2019.

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Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the BRC, said: "November saw overall year-on-year prices increase for the first time in two and a half years, driven by rising food prices, and non-food deflation slowing. The impact of labour shortages, rising commodity prices and transportation costs have now very clearly taken their hold on consumer prices. 

"With food prices rising, and particularly fresh food — which saw the highest inflation since 2019 — we may find some of our Christmas shopping a little more expensive this year. 

"Food was also affected by a rise in global food costs where certain staples, such as vegetable oil, have doubled in price in the past two years."

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