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A basket cheaper in Luxembourg than in Belgium

If price differences between shops in the Greater Region do exist, the Grand Duchy obtains good points. Even in the field of organic products for certain brands, indicates the latest study from the Price Formation Observatory, published on Friday.

If price differences between shops in the Greater Region do exist, the Grand Duchy obtains good points. Even in the field of organic products for certain brands, indicates the latest study from the Price Formation Observatory, published on Friday.

(DH) – Contrary to popular belief, shopping in Luxembourg does not necessarily prove more expensive than on the other side of the borders. Provided, however, to choose its products well, according to the results of the last “Study 4 borders” carried out by the Observatory of price formation and published Friday. If the Grand Duchy remains more expensive than the average for groceries, fresh products and non-food, the country remains as attractive in the liquid department while it is making efforts in the field of organic.

Based on the analysis of 110,000 identical products in a sample of 22 shops in Luxembourg and in large food stores located within a radius of 30 to 50 km around the border, the study confirms that Germany remains the least expensive country expensive while Belgium closes the march. The Grand Duchy, for its part, “remains slightly cheaper compared to the whole of the Greater Region (99.9 on a 100 basis)”.

In detail, Luxembourg appears to be the most competitive country when it comes to going through the liquid department. A constant in recent years especially thanks to the prices of alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, for fresh products, France offers the best prices while for the grocery, drugstore-perfume-hygiene and non-food departments it is in Germany that you have to go.

Common products

As for the analysis of the brands, these show a great heterogeneity in terms of the products available. On average, Luxembourg brands offer 14,366 different products while French shops offer 19,459 and Belgian shops only 13,536.

By way of “pairwise” comparisons, Luxembourg and Belgium share far more common identical products (7.747) than Luxembourg and France (3.540) or Luxembourg and Germany (2.013).


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And in this context, the advantage of the Grand Duchy compared to Belgium is widening. Indeed, the kingdom has a disadvantage of 9.1%, mainly because of liquids, which are more expensive on average by 19%. Conversely, Germany and France have a competitive advantage of 6.7% and 5.3% respectively over Luxembourg. Finally, while the share of common products between Belgium and Luxembourg displayed cheaper in the Grand Duchy rose from 62.2% in 2017 to 65%.

On the other hand, the analysis of the same group established in several countries makes it possible to conclude that four of the six entities located in Luxembourg have lower price levels while “only two Luxembourg entities are significantly more expensive than the brand of same group on the other side of the border ”.

Efforts for organic products

With regard to the number of organic products listed in the stores in the sample, the Observatory notes a significant increase in three of the four countries analyzed compared to 2017. This proves the growing interest of consumers, even if the The price level of these products remains slightly higher in Luxembourg compared to the average for the Greater Region.

According to the data communicated, and while in the last edition of the study Germany was the cheapest country in the Greater Region, this year French organic products appear to be the least expensive. However, the study still indicates, Luxembourg is making efforts, and among the six brands analyzed, “four offer organic products at a price lower than the average for the Greater Region”.

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