Belgian supermarkets are the most expensive!

Figures from the Belgian Observatory that monitors prices at the supermarket for the Economy Ministry shows that for the same shopping basket will you pay more at a Belgian supermarket than at one in a neighbouring country.
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The Observatory compared the prices of 60,000 food and non-food products.

In 2012 goods from the supermarket were 12% more expensive than in the Netherlands and 9% more expensive than in Germany. Even France was 6.5% cheaper.

Belgium's higher prices are being linked to higher wage costs, higher VAT rates and the smaller market that gives Belgian supermarkets less clout when negotiating a deal with suppliers.