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2002 National Survey of Prices: Summary of Results (Small-scale outlet)

1 Difference of prices by type of outlet

  • In general, prices applied by convenience stores tend to be high, but the prices of men's socks and photo printing are low.
  • Prices applied by small-scale outlets tend to be higher than those by large-scale outlets, but some lower-priced items like food stuffs, etc. are also found in small-scale outlets.

(1) Looking at the common 100 items for which prices are over 10% lower and over 10% higher than the average prices of the overall small-scale outlets by type of outlet, the result is as shown in Table 1-1.

At “supermarket”, especially food stuffs tend to be low-priced.

At “volume sales specialty store”, a wide range of items is of the lowest price among all types of outlet, but some high-priced items are also found.

At “drug store”, the line-up of items is generally low-priced.

At “convenience store”, the line-up of items tends to be generally high-priced, but the prices of “men's socks” and “photo printing” are low.

At “cooperative store”, there are some low-priced food stuffs and some which are high-priced.

(2) Regarding basic items, by comparison of prices (average prices) between large-scale outlets and small-scale outlets, the prices of small-scale outlets tend to be generally higher than those of large-scale outlets, but some items such as “onions” or “mandarin oranges”, etc., are lower-priced. (Table 1-2, Chart 1-1).

Table 1.1 Low-priced items and high-priced items by type of outlet

 

Table 1.2 Low-priced items and high-priced items at overall small-scale outlets

 

Chart 1.1 Prices of main items at small-scale outlets / Food stuffs

Chart 1.1 Prices of main items at small-scale outlets / Clothing items

Chart 1.1 Prices of main items at small-scale outlets / Other items

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