Tesco charges up to 4pc more at Express outlets
TESCO is charging its customers more in some stores than in others.
Prices at Tesco Express stores are 3.6pc higher than at full-sized Tesco supermarkets, the new National Consumer Agency (NCA) survey has found.
The difference was found on a basket of 76 products sold in both types of Tesco outlet, and is far greater than the price difference between Tesco and any of its main competitors, Dunnes, Superquinn and SuperValu.
NCA assistant director of research Fergal O'Leary said the results were worth highlighting to consumers.
The supermarket chain has now got 19 Tesco Express outlets -- smaller convenience stores often located in town centres and offering a more limited range of goods.
It has been expanding this network rapidly in Ireland in recent months -- opening new Tesco Express stores in Bray, Co Wicklow, and Dublin's Thomas Street this summer -- while in Britain it already has hundreds of similar 'Tesco Metro' outlets.
Tesco Ireland said its Tesco Express prices were significantly lower than in competing convenience stores.
"Prices in Tesco Express stores are slightly higher than in our supermarkets, reflecting the difference in the costs of operating these stores," it said.
"Express stores located in town/city centres are typically smaller and have higher overhead costs (mainly rents and rates) per square foot of selling space than those of our larger supermarkets."
The prices of essentials such as milk, bread and baby food was the same in all supermarkets, but other products were around 4pc dearer, it added.