Dif­fer­ence in price for same shop­ping is al­most £9

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THERE is an al­most £9 dif­fer­ence in cost for an iden­ti­cal bas­ket of gro­ceries at the most ex­pen­sive and cheap­est su­per­mar­kets, a study has found.

Which? Money com­pared a bas­ket of 10 branded es­sen­tial items at six lead­ing gro­cers, find­ing Waitrose dear­est at £32.85 and Asda cheap­est at £24.12 – a sav­ing of £8.73 or 36 per cent.

Asda’s bas­ket also came in at £6.32 less than the next cheap­est bas­ket, cost­ing £30.44 from Tesco.

The big­gest price vari­a­tion for an in­di­vid­ual prod­uct was for a 750ml jar of Hell­man’s may­on­naise, which cost £2 in Asda and £4.42 in Mor­risons – a dif­fer­ence of 221%.

The re­search also found 14 dif­fer­ent pack­ets con­tain­ing iden­ti­cal caplets of the painkiller ibupro­fen with prices rang­ing from 8p a pill to 20p.

Which? Money ed­i­tor Harry Rose said: “We’re all look­ing for ways we can cut down on the cost of our weekly shop.”

A Waitrose spokes­woman said: “This price com­par­i­son is dis­torted by the tim­ings of oth­ers’ pro­mo­tions.”

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