- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Last-minute holiday shoppers can shop with confidence that prices will be accurate.

A check on prices in 124 stores throughout Massachusetts showed the highest level of pricing accuracy in a decade.

The survey by the Massachusetts Division of Standards showed that of 3,150 items checked by inspectors, 99.94 percent were found to be accurately priced when compared with the lowest advertised price on the item or the shelf.

Division of Standards Director Charles Carroll said retailers who have installed in-aisle consumer price scanners are not required to individually price mark each item. That has eliminated some pricing errors.

The inspections were done in November in 27 communities, including Concord, Mansfield, Newburyport, Pittsfield, Plymouth and Springfield.


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