The latest pricing surveys for groceries and gasoline conducted by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs had the following findings:
Service station figures reflect an increase in price in gasoline at the wholesale level that is being seen at the pumps. Esso and Texaco have increased their wholesale price by 8 cents a gallon and Domino by 5 cents.
On St. Croix, the most recent LCA survey found the best buy for self-service regular gas at Five Corners, Glynn, Lionel, Remy's and Tony's service stations, all selling at 96 cents a gallon. The best price for self-service premium was $1.07, at U&W.
For full service, Shauma had the lowest prices for regular ($1.17) as well as premium ($1.20).
On St. Thomas, for self service, the best deal was $1.55 for regular and $1.65 for premium, at both Rodriguez and Tutu Esso. For full service, the lowest prices were at American Yacht Harbor, $1.54 for regular and $1.64 for premium.
On St. John, where only full service is available, Domino in Coral Bay had the better prices $1.65 for regular and $1.71 for premium.
Among supermarkets on St. Croix, the best buy for 51 name-brand items sampled was at Sunshine Supermarket, where the cash register tally came to $120.65. Plaza Extra was second with $126.22, followed by Pueblo in Golden Rock with $133.
On St. Thomas, the best deal for a shopping list of 36 name-brand items was $87.54 at Plaza Extra. Pueblo in Sub Base was second with a tally of $88.32.
Among smaller convenience foodstores, these were the findings:
On St. Croix, for 22 name-brand items surveyed, Concordia Superette had the lowest total, $34.56. Next, in order, were Food Town at $34.84, Princesse Cash & Carry at $35.31 and Centerline Cash & Carry at $36.86.
On St. Thomas, nine items were surveyed. Marina Market had the lowest total, $18.57. Next, in order, were Gourmet Gallery in Sub Base at $22.11 and Gourmet Gallery in Havensight at $22.56.