Shoppers make fewer supermarket visits as fuel shortages persist

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Hoppers made fewer supermarket trips last month due to fuel shortages in Britain, with many staying off the roads and shopping online instead, new data shows.

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More recently, hundreds of millions of people have been seen queuing outside petrol stations, with visits to the forecourt in the south of England on Friday 24 September up 66% compared to the same date in 2020.

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Low availability contributed to the drop in store visits, with the average family making 15.5 trips in the four weeks to October 3. This was the lowest monthly figure since February.

Kantar, the research firm that compiled the data, said the proportion of groceries purchased online, which had been declining over the past seven months, rose to 12.4% in the month to the four weeks recorded in early September.

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Overall take-home grocery sales fell 1.2% in the 12 weeks to October 3. But they are still 8.1% higher than they were before the pandemic, and every grocery store has increased its sales compared to the same period in 2019.

Fraser McKevitt, Head of Retail and Consumer Insight at Kantar, said: “A minority of very prepared shoppers took the opportunity to push ahead on their festive spending as 449,000 eager consumers bought Christmas pudding in September, up 76% of sales from the previous year. month of the year”.

Same-grocery prices rose 1.7% over the past four weeks compared to last year.

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