Tea, coffee and biscuits sales rocket as home workers tuck in
HOME workers spent big on their own refreshments during lockdown after cafes and canteens shut, figures show.
An extra £24m was spent on tea and coffee in supermarkets during the three months to July 12, according to data firm Kantar, and £19m on biscuits.
The figures also show that Morrisons was a major winner as supermarket sales surged, with the largest revenue rise among the so-called Big Four.
Sales at the Bradford-based chain jumped 17.4pc, for its highest market share in five years. Rival Tesco posted growth of 15.1pc, with Sainsbury’s up 13.5pc and Asda climbing 11pc. Iceland had the biggest overall rise in sales of the 10 retailers surveyed, up 34.1pc.
Supermarkets also benefited from the return of the weekly shop, with customers spending 35pc more on an average trip than last year.
Overall, grocery sales soared 16.9pc in the 12-week period, the fastest rate since Kantar’s records began in 1994. However, shoppers have tentatively returned to more normal routines in the past four weeks as sales growth dropped to 14.6pc, the survey found.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail at Kantar, said: “As lockdown restrictions are gradually eased and non-essential retail outlets reopen, some consumers are slowly resuming their pre-Covid routines and shopping habits. However, we are clearly a long way off a complete return to normality.”
In a sign that a return to normal consumption has been timid, home alcohol sales remained strong over the past month, up two-fifths despite pubs and bars reopening.
Grocery inflation stood at 3.6pc for the 12-week period. Prices are rising fastest for items such as cooking sauces, bacon and canned soft drinks, Kantar said, but falling for fresh poultry, butter and bread.
Online grocery sales have remained robust since lockdown restrictions were eased, growing 92pc in the past month.