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Aldi and Lidl Prices 12-15% Higher Than One Year Ago

Hungary Today 2022.01.12.

At the moment, customers have to pay 14.9% more in Aldi and 12.5% more in Lidl than one year ago, according to economic investigative site G7‘s analysis. This steep increase is mainly due to rising inflation at the end of 2021.

This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. 

G7 has been studying the price of a shopping basket consisting of 42 products at Aldi and Lidl every month since December 31, 2020.

  • In Aldi, this bulk shopping cost HUF 15,809 (EUR 44.2) at the end of 2020 and HUF 18,160 (EUR 50.8) at the end of 2021, which comes to a price increase of 14.9%.
  • In Lidl, the same basket of goods cost HUF 15,594 (EUR 43.6) one year ago and now costs HUF 17,537 (EUR 49.1), which is equivalent to a 12.5% hike.

In regard to individual products:

  • In Aldi, the prices of seven products (apples, bananas, cold cuts, toilet paper, oat milk, rice, and sparkling mineral water) remain unchanged; one product (Coca-Cola) has even become cheaper, but shoppers have to pay more for 34 products than a year before, with snake cucumbers and spaghetti noodles even costing twice as much.
  • From Lidl, a more differentiated tendency was reported: eight products have become cheaper (onion, parsley, bananas, carrots, oranges, potatoes, toilet paper, and carbonated mineral water); four products cost the same (apples, cold cuts, oat drink, and paprika), and 30 products are more expensive, and there, too, the snake cucumbers and spaghetti noodles have undergone the biggest price increase.

While prices in these two discounters were still falling at the beginning of 2021, the end of the year was already marked by a rapidly rising inflation rate, which was also reflected in food prices.

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