Sydney both most costly and cheapest for groceries

New comparison data as CHOICE takes over price check site.

The most expensive total basket of groceries in Australia ($177.83) is to be found at independent stores in Sydney’s outer north west, and the cheapest ($156.24) in the city’s inner east, according to the latest figures from GROCERYchoice, out today.

Other comparisons in the data show the difference between the cheapest and most expensive baskets is greatest in Sydney where it's $21; less in Melbourne where it's about $15; almost the same in Brisbane and Adelaide where it's $6, and effectively non existent in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

There is also some consistency nationally in the price of the cheapest basket, which ranges in all state capitals between $156.24 (Sydney) and $158.99 (ACT). Consumers in Southern Tasmania and the Northern Territory pay about $10 extra.

Consumer group CHOICE takes over the management of GROCERYchoice from today’s edition (Mon Feb 2) ahead of a major revamp, restructure and consultation, which will see the supermarket price check system relaunched in the winter.

“As part of our commitment to make GROCERYchoice more transparent and relevant to consumers we will be releasing as much additional data and analysis about supermarket prices as possible,” said CHOICE spokesman Christopher Zinn.

“We shall be breaking the figures down to allow easier comparisons and as the months go by we will closely follow the trends in prices. According to the latest CPI figures food prices are up 5.6% from a year ago.”

Woolworths/Safeway has the cheapest complete grocery basket in 54 of the 61 regions. Aldi remains cheapest for a basic basket in the 40 regions where it operates.

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