MADRID – The Spanish consumer association FACUA wasted no time and immediately dispatched dozens of researchers to check supermarkets in Spain. FACUA has done this because since January 1, 2023, 0% VAT has been applied to thousands of products, while oils and pasta have received a 5% VAT reduction. Research shows that not all supermarkets are equally consistent and have offered no reduction in VAT or as items have become more expensive.
eat So seven supermarkets Shown In the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC). These are ALDI, Lidl, Alcampo, Carrefour, Dia, Eroski and Hipercor. Other supermarkets, such as Mercadona and Hipercor in general, are temporarily complying with the VAT reduction requirements.
As you know, for six months the Spanish government reduced the super value-added tax from 4% to 0% for basic foodstuffs such as bread, fruits, vegetables, etc., and reduced the value-added tax from 10% to 5% for oils such as olives and oils. Sunflower oil and pasta. This is part of a new subsidy package to offset the high costs.
According to FACUA, this is the first phase of an ongoing investigation in which the consumer association will continue to monitor supermarkets for several months. During this first phase, 676 prices were examined at Alcampo, ALDI, Carrefour, Día, Eroski, Lidl, Hipercor and Mercadona between December 30 and January 3. In 50 cases there was no reduction in VAT. For example, 32 rates are the same as those at the end of 2022, 11 have no overall VAT reduction and 7 have become higher.
The worst-priced supermarket chain is Día at 16% followed by Carrefour at 10%, while this is 0% at Mercadona and only 1% at Hipercor. On Día, 13 of the 80 checked prices were incorrect. At Carrefour this relates to 11 out of 113 surveyed prices, at Eroski 8 out of 92 and Alcampo 6 out of 96 surveyed.
At Lidl this relates to 6 of 70 prices examined, while at ALDI this is 5 of 64. At Mercadona, 83 prices were investigated and no errors were found. Could you here See a full list of searched articles for each supermarket chain and their prices for December 30th and January 3rd.
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