>>TESTING HOW STORES PERFORM ON A THEMED SHOPPING BASKET

Our mystery shoppers popped into a convenience format for a top-up shop of 10 items on Tuesday. Four baskets came back full with Tesco Express in Wilmslow the cheapest at £16.98. The Grocer Top 50 c-store chains David Sands in Perth and Jacksons in Harrogate charged £17.63 and £18.63 respectively, while Somerfield’s full basket in Portishead cost £17.84.
Centra in Portadown had a “very impressive” display of fresh fruit and veg. Staff at David Sands opened another till as soon as three shoppers were at the checkout. The self-scan till at Tesco was popular.
Since our last top-up shop in December the average price of sugar has dropped 10.6% and Stella Artois has fallen by 4.6%.
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