The UK supermarket that was among the cheapest last year is now the most expensive

Prices have soared across all major UK supermarkets over the past 12 months, but according to a recent ranking there has been a particularly big rise at one retailer

Asda was ranked the third cheapest supermarket out of six last year(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A large supermarket that was ranked among the cheapest a year ago is now the most expensive.

When eight essentials from Lidl, Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco were compared 12 months ago, Asda came out as the third cheapest after budget retailers Lidl and Aldi.

But now the same product comparison has revealed Asda to be the most expensive.

The Manchester Evenings News began tracking the cost of the same eight essentials across the six major supermarkets as the cost of living crisis began to hit people hard.

They looked at prices in budget stores, as well as Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco to see how they fared.

At that time it was Aldi who was the cheapest overall, with a bill of £9.13 for the basket, which included a two-pint bottle of milk, a loaf of bread, a pack of chicken breasts, a packet of minced meat, tea bags, coffee, beans and butter.

Asda’s basket of essentials emerged as the most expensive in this year’s test(SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Lidl was just a penny higher at £9.14 and Asda came third at £9.44. Meanwhile, Tesco’s basket stood at £9.52, Morrisons’ at £9.69 and Sainsbury’s at £10.45.

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