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Many of those people who support the proposal do so because they expect cheaper food.  Will they get it?

Watchdog on BBC1 on Thursday 15th April reported that Tesco are not consistent in their pricing despite their claims that less than 1% of items are cheaper in one store compared to another.

Our local findings have shown petrol cheaper in Ipswich than Stowmarket and some food items cheaper at Copdock than at Kesgrave. 

For Watchdog's sample 'baskets' there were the following differences between two Somerset stores:

Weston-Super-Mare   Burnham-on-Sea increase
Pitta bread 0.45 0.55 22%
Crisp salad 0.79 0.99 12.6%
Washing powder 3.85 4.19 8.8%
Radishes 0.39 0.49 25.6%

On a basket of 18.68 there was a 14% difference of 2.68,

On a separate occasion a bottle of the same wine was 2.79 in Weston and 3.49 in Burnham. a 25% increase.

Tesco prices are obviously adaptable to "local needs". 

A survey reported in The Guardian on Monday 21st December 1998 found that Stores 'charge more in poor areas'.  In that survey of several stores around the country there were significant variations in price, but the cheapest Tesco basket was only just below the most expensive from a Co-Op, whereas the most expensive from Tesco was about 35% dearer.  

On the other hand from the suppliers point of view food is getting cheaper, as reported in the Guardian on 4th January 1999.