Is it cheaper to shop abroad? Price comparison of Hungarian and foreign Aldi and Lidl

The economic news magazine G7 examined the prices of the Hungarian stores Aldi and Lidl, as well as the prices of the two stores in France, Romania and now in the UK.

The methodology of data collection is always the same; in short, they always look at the products that are not on sale, they calculate from unit prices per kilo or per liter, and if there are several products of the same type, they always buy the cheapest in the given quantity, little matter Size.

France vs. Hungary

Like G7 reports, a Franco-Hungarian comparison only succeeded 80% because Lidl’s French product line is very different from its Hungarian counterparts.

The website found that nine out of 33 products were cheaper in France.

For a French buyer butter, sour cream, tomatoes, apples, coffee, spaghetti, onions and Maasdam cheese are cheaper in absolute terms than for a Hungarian home buyer.

At the same time, French prices are much higher for most products, so it’s no surprise that if you look at the total cost of the shopping list above, you pay the equivalent of HUF 19,865. (55 EUR) at checkout in France instead of HUF 14,393 (40 EUR) in Hungary. This means that for G7The large shopping list of, which is not representative and is compiled on an unofficial and subjective basis, the French Lidl is 38% more expensive than the Hungarian Lidl.

However, French families who earn much more than their Hungarian counterparts pay more at the cash register, but still feel that the groceries are cheaper.

For the same amount of shopping, the Hungarian state collected 2.7 times more tax than the French. (Hungary has the highest VAT rate in Europe with a 27 percent tax on most products).

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Hungary v Romania

With the to help of Transindex, G7 Also to analyse prices in Romania compared to Hungary.

As in the Franco-Hungarian comparison, they were forced to omit or modify certain products as Lidl’s product range and purchasing habits in Romania differ from those in Hungary in a number of areas.

While the total in Budapest is 14,328 HUF (less than 40 EUR), in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) the total cost of a basket is 12,800 HUF (35 EUR), which is 10.6% cheaper.

It should be pointed out that the value of the Romanian basket is mainly driven down by the incredibly low price of vegetables in Hungary, while dairy products and meat tend to be more expensive there.

In Romania, this example of purchase represents 9.2% of the monthly salary, while in Hungary it represents only 6.8%.

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The result is therefore the same as in the Franco-Hungarian comparison, but in reverse: even if shopping is more expensive in Hungary, it is much less of a burden than in Romania thanks to higher income. However, there are also products that Hungarian consumers pay less for, such as ESL milk, 1.5 UHT milk, chicken and turkey breast fillets, mineral water, salt and Gouda cheese. .

The Hungarian state collected almost 2.5 times more tax on purchases than the Romanian state. Although the shopping basket in this case is neither representative nor official either, one of the results of the survey is that a Lidl store generates the same turnover in Romania as in Hungary.

Hungary v United Kingdom

In the UK, 14 of the 31 products studied are cheaper than in Hungary, and often more than a little. Spaghetti and rice, potatoes, flour, carrots and some dairy products, as well as oatmeal drinks, are also much cheaper.

In England we would have paid the equivalent of 13,260 HUF (37 EUR) per pound, and in Hungary 11,886 HUF (33 EUR) for the same 31 products of the same quantity.

Aldi in the UK is therefore 11.5% more expensive than Aldi in Hungary, according to G7. This means that although 14 of 31 products are cheaper, the higher prices of the other 17 are more than offset by the lower prices of the other 17.

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However, a Hungarian salary costs 5.6% of what we spend on purchases, compared to only 1.6% of a UK salary.

Unsurprisingly, this (not representative) comparison shows that it is 3.5 times more restrictive for a Hungarian family to buy the same thing in the same store than for an English family.

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Laura T. Thrasher