BITRE's upcoming comprehensive publication will provide a more detailed analysis of the factors that impact on the full range of living costs across Australia. This submission includes some preliminary conclusions from the analysis of data on grocery prices collected for the main study.
The study confirms the view that grocery store prices vary widely across locations. It also finds the presence of a major chain in a town is a practical indicator of the price level of groceries in non-metropolitan centres. The major chain stores are more prevalent in larger population centres.
- Submission to ACCC on impact of location on grocery prices and availability in regional Australia