THE cost of a typical baset of household staples has increased by 12pc in the past two years.
A survey from the Consumers’ Association of Ireland (CAI) found that some products had increased in price by almost 40pc.
It found that the average price of a pack of 80 Lyons Gold Label tea bags (80 bags) was 54c higher than in 2011; a pack of 225g Denny Gold Medal sausages was up 30c while Siúcra sugar is up 38pc from €1.05 in 2011 to €1.45 today.
Only one of the items surveyed had fallen in price – a litre of Avonmore milk which costs €1.14, down 2c.
The survey of 19 branded goods found typical increases ranged from 5.5pc to 38pc.
It found the basket of goods had increased in price from €36.45 to €41.06, meaning households had to spend an extra €240 a year.
CAI Chief Executive Dermott Jewell said households could not benefit when there was a lack of competition in the supermarket sector.
He added that most of the 19 products were household staples, which all families would purchase, and called on supermarkets to lower prices.