Supermarket sales rise slows as pubs and restaurants reopen

Supermarket sales rise slows as pubs and restaurants reopen after grocery shopping saw record highs during lockdown

  • Supermarket sales for month to July 12 grew by 14.6% against same time in 2018
  • It slowed down from 18.9 per cent growth in June, the figures from Kantar shows
  • Monthly grocery market share stats show sales growth slowed as pubs reopened
  • Morrisons was best performer of the ‘big four’, as it reported a 17.4 per cent jump

Supermarket sales growth has started to slow down from record highs on the back of easing lockdown restrictions, new figures show.

Grocery sales for the month to July 12 grew by 14.6 per cent against the same period last year, slowing from 18.9 per cent growth in June, data from Kantar revealed.

The firm’s monthly supermarket market share figures showed sales growth slowed as the reopening of pubs and restaurants affected momentum for food chains.

Morrisons was the strongest performer of the UK’s ‘big four’ grocers, as it reported a 17.4 per cent jump in sales over the period.

Meanwhile, Tesco reported 15.1 per cent growth, Sainsbury’s saw sales rise by 13.5 per cent, and Asda sales grew by 11 per cent.

Online retailer Ocado was another particularly strong performer, as sales rose by 45.5 per cent.

And the Co-op and Iceland both also saw strong demand, with sales jumping 30.6 per cent and 34.1 per cent respectively.

Sales from independent grocers and convenience stores also surged higher over the period.

Grocery sales for the month to July 12 grew by 14.6 per cent against the same period last year, slowing from 18.9 per cent growth in June, data from Kantar revealed

Head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Fraser McKevitt 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.’

He added: ‘Convenience stores were a lifeline for many people in the early days of the crisis, providing essential supplies close to home.’

Online sales also swelled 92 per cent over the past month, with growth marginally higher than last month.

Separate data from Nielsen revealed in the four weeks ending July 11 shoppers bought more alcohol, with sales of beers, wines and spirits up by 31 per cent.

Meanwhile, sales of frozen food grew by 19 per cent and meat, fish and poultry saw a 15 per cent rise in sales as warm weather led to barbecues across the country.

Co-Op staff are given body-worn security cameras after spike in violence

The Co-Op has given staff at hundreds of its stores body-worn security cameras to protect them from assaults.

The supermarket has rolled out personal safety gadgets which will record when shoppers become abusive and violent.

Workers at more than 500 stores have been given the gizmos – which hang round staff members’ necks.

The cameras are worn by police officers across the country, but increasingly shops are equipping staff and guards with them.

There has been a 40 per cent increase in violence and abuse against shop workers since lockdown began, according to the Association of Convenience Stores.

More than 2,000 Co-Op staff members have been assaulted in the last year, shocking figures reveal.

Earlier this month, a shop worker was knocked unconscious at a store in Markfield, Leicestershire.

Other staff members have reported being spat at – and told they would catch the coronavirus.

The figures come as it was revealed hundreds of staff at the Cooperative would be wearing body-worn security cameras after a spike in violence during lockdown.

The supermarket has rolled out personal safety gadgets which will record when shoppers become abusive and violent.

Workers at more than 500 stores have been given the gizmos – which hang round staff members’ necks.

The cameras are worn by police officers across the country, but increasingly shops are equipping staff and guards with them.

There has been a 40 per cent increase in violence and abuse against shop workers since lockdown began, according to the Association of Convenience Stores.

More than 2,000 Co-Op staff members have been assaulted in the last year, shocking figures reveal.

Earlier this month, a shop worker was knocked unconscious at a store in Markfield, Leicestershire.

Other staff members have reported being spat at – and told they would catch the coronavirus.

Paul Taylor-Burr, who works in Crawley, West Sussex, tweeted that he was threatened with a screwdriver, a hammer and needles.

The Co-Op rolled out the body-worn cameras throughout July. The footage feeds back to a control centre based in Belfast and gets passed on to the police.

Daniel Orm, who heads up the Co-Op’s security team, said: ‘Being connected to them in a shop can really help colleagues feel a lot safer.

‘They can even talk to the shop and call the police in if things are looking a little tricky!

‘It’s also great for monitoring and building up a portfolio of evidence against repeat offenders.

‘We’re also helping roll out body cameras and personal safety devices to around 500 shops now too and it’s great to see them go down so well.

‘The personal safety devices also connect with our team in Belfast and we’re even just testing out getting a live feed from the body cams connected to them too.’

The Co-Op’s food chief executive Jo Whitfield said: ‘The safety of our colleagues in stores is something I worry about week in, week out.

‘I continue to see the horrific stories of incidents that are happening in our shops, as well as tuning into the news every morning to hear of yet another stabbing or violent incident happening on our streets.’

The figures come as it was revealed hundreds of staff at the Cooperative would be wearing body-worn security cameras after a spike in violence during lockdown

The supermarket has rolled out personal safety gadgets which will record when shoppers become abusive and violent

Co-Op staff members praised the new safety gizmos on social media. Roan Irving, a store manager in Edinburgh, said: ‘Body cameras installed, training complete and new system working in store.

‘Co-Op UK colleagues already feeling safer and more confident.’

Area manager Christine Fossey wrote: ‘Body cameras have gone done a treat in Delce store. Great feedback from Co-Op UK colleagues.’

The supermarket is not the first in the UK to give staff members the special safety technology.

Sainsbury’s introduced neck-worn security cameras earlier this year to prevent their staff being attacked at work.

They were introduced in ‘a small number of stores’ where safety measures were considered necessary.

Shoppers spotted them – with some saying they feel intrusive.

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