Supermarket 'most expensive for basics' after hiking essential range 13 per cent

Tesco's bill has risen from £12.32 to £12.62 in a week
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Shoppers were hoping for a reprieve from the relentless rise in grocery prices, but one supermarket has just increased the price of a staple item by nearly 13 per cent since last week.

Our weekly comparison of the six main supermarkets has been tracking the price of eight items - mince, chicken, a two-pint bottle of milk, a loaf of bread, coffee, teabags, butter and beans - for over two years now.

After significant price increases last year, things seemed to be slowing down a bit, much to the relief of shoppers, many of whom have been struggling to make ends meet during the cost of living crisis.

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So it is disappointing news that Tesco has raised the price of its 300g pack of two chicken breasts from £2.35 to £2.65 since last week.

This pushes the cost of its basket of essentials up from £12.32 to £12.62, making it the priciest of them all, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Lidl remains the cheapest for the second week in a row with a price of £12.11, followed by Aldi's £12.14, Morrisons' £12.27 and Sainsbury's and Asda, both at £12.33.

Aldi disputes the results of our weekly comparison, arguing that it doesn't consider like-for-like products or 'the higher quality' of its products. The supermarket points out, for example, that Aldi beans are 20g heavier than Sainsbury's and that Aldi teabags are 'better quality than the comparative products used'.

Asda has disputed our comparison, arguing that our small sample of products does not provide a comprehensive picture of prices and fails to account for its deals. The supermarket maintains that its Just Essentials range is the largest and cheapest available, rivalling Aldi's.

Here's the full list:.

Lidl.

White bread loaf 800g - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

240 teabags - £2.79 (equivalent to £1.86 for 160).

250g salted butter - £1.69.

420g tin of beans - 28p.

300g chicken - £2.35.

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.11.

Aldi.

White bread loaf 800g - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

160 teabags - £1.89.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

420g tin of beans - 28p.

300g chicken - £2.35.

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.14.

Morrisons.

White bread loaf 800g - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

Coffee (2 x 100g) - £1.98.

160 teabags (2 x 80-pack Savers) - £1.58.

Savers Salted butter 250g - £1.69.

410g tin of beans - 27p.

300g chicken - £2.65 for 330g (equivalent to £2.41 for 300g).

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.27.

Asda.

White bread loaf 800g (Just Essentials) - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee (2 x 100g Just Essentials) - £1.98.

160 teabags (4 x 40-pack Just Essentials) - £1.60.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

410g tin of beans (Just Essentials) - 27p.

300g chicken - £2.65.

500g mince with 20% fat -£2.49.

Total: £12.33.

Sainsbury's.

White bread loaf 800g - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

160 teabags - £1.89.

Salted butter 250g - £1.69.

Beans 400g tin - 27p.

Chicken 300g - £2.35.

Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49.

Total £12.33.

Tesco.

Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p.

Milk 2 pints - £1.20.

Coffee 200g (2 x 100g) - £1.98.

Teabags 160 (2 x 80-pack) - £1.88.

Salted butter 250g - £1.69.

Beans 420g tin - 28p.

Chicken 300g - £2.65 (up from £2.35).

Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49.