Strong inflation in foodstuffs such as butter, bread, oil, flour & Co.

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A recent AK Price Monitor looked at the prices of 40 products from seven stores. Inflation is strongest for butter, bread, oil, and flour.

There are currently significant price increases for inexpensive everyday products. A shopping basket of affordable food and cleaning products now costs a third more than a year ago. This shows a current AK price monitor with 40 cheapest products in seven stores.

Strong inflation in foodstuffs such as butter, bread, oil, flour & Co.
Consumers now have to pay much more for breakfast, buttered bread with fried egg, oil for frying eggs, pasta with tomatoes for lunch – even for these meals with inexpensive products. “Shopping remains expensive,” says AK Konsumentinnenschützerin Gabriele Zgubic. “Especially bad: this continues to apply to most of the cheapest food and cleaning products, where prices have risen sharply.”

A shopping basket with cheap products costs 33.2 percent more
A shopping basket with the most affordable food and cleaning products has cost 33.2 percent more since September 2021. Consumers had to pay an average of 51.22 euros for the shopping basket in September 2021; in September 2022, already an average of 68.22 euros. The low-priced products are mostly the stores’ brands, such as Clever or S-Budget.

Discount stores charge 7.2 percent less for products
More expensive patch Supermarkets Inexpensive food and cleaning products cost an average of 7.2 percent more in supermarkets (Billa, Billa Plus, Spar, Interspar) than at discount stores (Hofer, Lidl, Penny) in September.

Same prices at supermarkets and discounters for these products
The supermarkets and discount stores tested charge the same amount for some of the cheapest foods: mineral water, canned beer, cola drink, whole milk, tea butter, apricot jam, eggs, real milk chocolate, and table vinegar.

The Price Monitor of the Austrian Chamber of Labor (AK)
Between August 30 and September 7, the AK surveyed 40 of the cheapest food and cleaning products in seven supermarkets and discount stores in Vienna. The stores: Billa, Billa Plus, Spar, Interspar, Hofer, Lidl and Penny. For the selected products, the cheapest available product (i.e., the one with the lowest introductory price) was surveyed in each store. Promotions were taken into account, not customer card or bulk discount prices.

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