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Aldi: Discount retailer beat Lidl in becoming cheapest UK supermarket last month

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Supermarkets are often battling it out to become the cheapest supermarket in the country. This year, affordable groceries have been more important than ever for Britons as the nation suffered an economic crisis at the start of…

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Supermarkets are often battling it out to become the cheapest supermarket in the country. This year, affordable groceries have been more important than ever for Britons as the nation suffered an economic crisis at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. is currently the UK's cheapest supermarket, according to Which?'s monthly analysis.

The consumer advice group carries out research each month to discover which of the UK's major supermarkets is the cheapest. After comparing prices for a basket of 20 products in eight different supermarkets throughout April, Which? found that Aldi's weekly shop was the most affordable of them all. In April, customers would have paid GBP22.64 on average at Aldi, making the discount retailer's weekly shop 12p cheaper than its rival's, Lidl.

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Interestingly, was crowned the cheapest UK supermarket back in March, beating Aldi by 3p at the time.

It seems that Lidl and Aldi are often in competition and either discounter could become the cheapest supermarket this month. After Aldi and Lidl, the next cheapest supermarket on Which?'s list last month was Asda, where shoppers would have spent GBP24.95 on their weekly shop. Sainsbury's was next in the list, followed by Morrisons, Tesco, Ocado, and Waitrose.

Waitrose was the UK's most expensive supermarket in April, according to Which?, and its groceries would have cost on average GBP8.25 more than Aldi's products. When comparing the prices of 20 items, Which? looked at the supermarkets' own-label eggs and raspberries, as well as branded products, such as Chicago Town pizzas. The consumer group also compared a popular tea brand and found that there was a GBP1.22 difference in its price between Aldi and Waitrose.

Additionally, Which? analysed a bigger shopping trolley packed with 82 items, which included the original 20 products and 62 more. Which? did not this time include Lidl and Aldi in the evaluation as some branded goods were not stocked in the discount retailers. Of the six supermarkets analysed, Asda came out cheapest, with its 82-item shop costing GBP152.67.

Sainsbury's was the second-cheapest at GBP159.54, followed by Tesco, Ocado, and Waitrose. Waitrose's shop was once again the priciest, costing GBP173.24.

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Although Which? cannot compare the same products each month as stock changes over time, the consumer group has found Asda to be the cheapest of the above six supermarkets for more than a year, having claimed the title every month since January 2020. Speaking about the company's supermarket analysis last month, Ele Clark, Which?'s retail editor, said: "The weekly food shop can have a significant impact on consumers' pockets, which is why Which? checks hundreds of grocery prices every day.

"Our latest analysis shows shoppers can get their favourite food items for less at Aldi, which narrowly beat rival Lidl by 12p to be crowned the cheapest supermarket in April.

"Those who prefer choosing from a wider selection of branded goods could consider shopping at Asda, which was the cheapest of the 'big four' supermarkets last month."