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Whole Foods prices still higher than competitors, study finds | pilotonline.com

When Amazon first lowered prices at Whole Foods Market after buying the grocer in August, customers wondered if the changes could eventually make Whole Foods as affordable as other stores.

Eight months later, Whole Foods remains more expensive than some competing grocery chains, according to a report by investment firm Morgan Stanley.

A basket that Morgan Stanley measured at Whole Foods decreased by 5.3 percent year-over-year. However, similar baskets at competitors Kroger and Sprouts Farmers Market are still lower despite the drop in price at Whole Foods. The Whole Foods basket is also higher than the average basket cost for “regional conventional food retailers,” Morgan Stanley reported.

The basket, which Morgan Stanley said consists of 60 items across fresh and packaged foods, in March cost $193 at Whole Foods, $152 at Kroger, $158 at Sprouts and was $175 on average across regional food retailers. The firm did not list which conventional food retailers it checked.

Whole Foods’ basket cost is the lowest recorded by Morgan Stanley since it began price checking in 2014. The firm has price-checked seven times since August.

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