The Daily Telegraph

Milk more expensive than petrol

- By Matt Oliver

MILK costs more than petrol at major convenienc­e store chains after inflation raised grocery prices.

A pint of semi-skimmed costs 95p at the Co-op, up 40p on a year ago, according to Trolley.co.uk’s price index.

That is equivalent to £1.67 a litre, more than the average £1.66 on forecourts for a litre of unleaded.

Sainsbury’s is charging £1.05 for a pint of milk – £1.85 per litre – at its Local convenienc­e stores. At its supermarke­ts it is 69p, or £1.21 a litre. A pint cost 55p a year ago.

Milk costs more than petrol at Morrisons Daily convenienc­e stores. A pint costs 99p (£1.74 per litre), compared to 89p (£1.57 per litre) at the grocer’s larger shops.

The rises come after inflation was at nearly 10pc in August, with economists warning that it will peak at 11pc in October when energy bills rise. Petrol has jumped as well, with unleaded up 30p on the price a year ago.

While petrol has increased by 23pc in the past year, milk in supermarke­ts has jumped 27pc on average.

The Co-op said: “Our price is lower than other convenienc­e stores and accounts for increased costs, such as more frequent deliveries and higher rents from running smaller shops in city centres.”

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