Working group on food prices released August’s ‘Supermarket Price Survey’


The working group on food prices released the latest 'Supermarket Price Survey' dated 20th August. In comparison with last month's data, prices of over half of the surveyed items remained stable or recorded light decrease in prices. In comparison with July's data, prices of 100 out of over 310 items recorded this month remained unchanged while 98 items recorded light decrease in prices, which amounted to about 62 percent of the total number of surveyed products; 118 items recorded increase in prices. Price decreases were mainly recorded in categories such as snacks, sanitary and hygienic products, survey result also showed that the percentage increase and decrease of prices recorded were generally less than 5 percent. Among the top ten products with the most price differences, prices of 'Johnson's Baby Powder (500g)', which was sold at $14.5 to $32.9 in different retail outlets, varied for over 126 percent; 'Watsons Water Pure Distilled (430ml)', which was sold at $2.8 to $4.9, also differed for about 75 percent. Consumers are advised to check with the information available on Macao Consumer Council's 'Supermarket Price Information Platform'. This month's survey also showed that general price differences existed in some of the items sold in different branches of the same supermarket chain. Prices of 'Camponês Olive Oil (1L)' in San Miu Supermarket R. dos Mercadores branch and Pou Seng branch differed for $7.0; 'Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce (290ml)' sold in Rua Areia Preta and Edf. La Baie Du Noble branches of Park'N Shop also varied for $4.9. The latest 'Supermarket Price Survey' is now available on Consumer Council's website (www.consumer.gov.mo), and the 'Supermarket Price Information Platform' iPhone and Android apps. The survey is also available free of charge at the offices of Consumer Council, IACM's Iao Hon and S. Domingos Markets, bookstores and libraries. Consumers may also access the resources through WAP channels on their mobile phones.



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