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James writes:

“Our virtual Tesco shop of the same 30 items costs €132.64 in the Republic and €112.02 in the North, a difference of more than 20 per cent. ”

Actually, no. It’s either 18.4% dearer in Republic, or 15.5% cheaper in NI… but definitely not “more than 20 per cent”.

North And South: A tale Of Two Grocery Bills (Conor Pope, Irish Times)

35 thoughts on “Totting Up

  1. aubrey

    That newspaper is a rag. I bet if Denis O’Brien owned it embarrassing mistakes like that wouldn’t slip through slip through. If the billionaire was so minded.

  2. Mr. T.

    Gets more like the 80s every day. They were talking about the third secret of Fatima at the weekend as if we were all still frightened stiff of it.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I’m still guffawing over that. Breda O’Brien went into full on preacher mode with that one.

  3. cormacjones

    Conor Pope has form. He once said you could reduce your mortgage by paying it fortnightly.

    1. bob

      I wouldn’t bet on it… nor would I trust any percentage he cites. The only other example in the article that I could see:
      “broccoli cost 201 per cent more here than there”
      “kilogram of loose broccoli sells for €3.15 in the Republic, but just €1.75 in the UK,”
      which is exactly 80 per cent more here than there. That’s quite a discrepancy.

          1. bob

            Still wouldn’t be correct. It would be 101% more or 201% of the original price. I hate it when that distinction is not made clear, or in this case it would have been clarified incorrectly.

  4. jedi

    include the price of petrol and time spent getting there and you are then spending way over what you would have if you had stayed at home and shopped at our own over priced retailers

  5. bisted

    …lazy journalism from a lazy journo…if the IT had a decent editor, that Pope would be fupped – as they say on the gable walls up North.

  6. madouveh on the dole

    Initially thought this was the comparison between North and South Dublin. Felt only a 20% difference was a bit generous to our culturally challenged friends to the North.

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