IN spite of it being a fishing port, Palma lays claim to being one of the most expensive places in Spain to buy fish.
A report released yesterday by a University in Madrid revealed that prices in the Balearic capital are as much as 27 percent higher than the national average. The study, commissioned by the central government Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Commerce was presented by Commercial director Ignancio Cruz Roche, and by Javier Casares, a professor of Applied Economics at Complutense University in Madrid.
Fish, ready-prepared food and cleaning items are cheaper in hypermarkets said the report, while meat, fruit and vegetables are more economically purchased at specialist shops.
At the other end of the scale, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables cost considerably more in the large supermarkets and the most expensive place to buy fish and household cleaning products is in specialist shops.
Looking at Spain as a whole, the cheapest place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables is Salamanca, while they are at their most expensive in San Sebastian (30 percent above the national average), followed by Madrid (29 percent more) and Seville (28 percent more).
Salamanca is also the cheapest for fish, in contrast to Las Palmas (in the Canary Islands) where fresh catches cost 33 percent more; followed by San Sebastian (32 percent more) and Palma in Majorca (27 percent more).
Turning to the meat category, Huesca is the cheapest city to buy the produce fresh, while buying it in San Sebastian means paying more than 26 percent above the national average, Las Palmas, 24 percent more and in Lérida, 20 percent more.
Ready-prepared food in tins and packets is at its cheapest in Valencia, some nine percent cheaper than its counterparts in San Sebastian and Gerona.