publication . Article . 2013

Retail Food Prices: Insights from Supermarket Scanner Data

Lloyd, Tim;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Country: United Kingdom
The advent of the barcode and laser scanning technology provides a potentially rich source of data (so-called, scanner data) on the purchases of the nation’s food consumers. Using scanner data obtained from all the major UK supermarkets, this paper offers a glimpse at the prices of some of the purchases that make up the nation’s shopping trolley. The price data analysed belong to over 500 barcode-specific products recorded at weekly intervals over a two and a half year sample period in the largest seven national retail chains, giving nearly a quarter of a million prices in all. Characteristics of the prices are reviewed with an eye to their dispersion over time ...

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