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MoneySupermarket sales fail to heat up despite record temperatures

13:50  20 august  2019
13:50  20 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Supermarket sales fail to heat up despite record temperatures © Getty Discounters Aldi and Lidl continued to gnaw at the market share of Britain's big four supermarkets

Supermarket sales have failed to heat up this summer despite record temperatures in July, new industry figures show.

Total grocery sales of £26.9bn for the 12 weeks to 11 August were little changed from the same period last year when they were boosted by the prolonged heatwave as well as the World Cup, data specialists Kantar said.

However, the report did say there were "glimpses of better weather during the past four weeks" helping to boost products such as hayfever remedies, suncare and burgers - up by 17%, 8% and 5%.

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Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: "The memory of last year still looms large for retailers and this summer's comparatively poor weather, combined with low levels of like-for-like price rises, have made growth hard to find for retailers.

Supermarket sales fail to heat up despite record temperatures © Getty Britain saw its hottest day ever last month

"July's hottest day on record wasn't enough to shift the market into growth."

The flat sales performance for the sector comes after last month's figures pointed to the first decline in overall supermarket sales for three years - also blamed on comparisons with a bumper period in 2018.

All the big four supermarkets recorded a drop in sales in the latest report, as discount rivals Aldi and Lidl continued to gnaw at their market share.

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The official global temperature numbers are in, and NOAA and NASA have decided that 2015 was the warmest year on record . Based mostly upon surface thermometers, the official pronouncement ignores the other two primary ways of measuring global air temperatures , satellites and radiosondes

This year was only the 11th warmest on record , but figures confirm overall warming trend.

Sainsbury's was the least badly affected as sales fell by 0.6% - thanks to promotions and its "price lockdown" strategy delivering higher sales of branded goods.

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Supermarket sales fail to heat up despite record temperatures

Asda, which warned last week that its shoppers were being hurt by Brexit uncertainty, saw a decline of 1.5% though Kantar said it enjoyed notable online growth.

Kantar said Tesco's sales fell by 1.6% though it continued to find success with its cheapest own-label lines while Morrisons saw a 2.7% decline.

Sales at Aldi rose 6.2% while Lidl climbed by 7.7%.

Earlier this week a survey of UK households by IHS Markit reported that consumer confidence was at a three-month low amid looming fears of a possible recession.

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