Stores see sales growth as hot weather continues

Stores across the country are basking in the warm glow of bigger baskets and soaring sales, with many dubbing the summer of 2014 as the most successful in recent years.

Many retailers, including Londis’ Charles Bradking of Vic’s Stores on the Isle of Wight, have reported double-digit sales growth for June, July and August, driven by sales of chilled BBQ products, local soft fruits and sparkling wines.

him! senior research manager Blake Gladman said the recent hot weather has led more shoppers to look to convenience to satisfy their immediate shopping needs. him’s latest Shopwaves survey revealed a higher increase in visit frequency to c-stores. “This is most probably linked to the good weather with impulsive parties, BBQ’s as well as an increased need for key convenience items such as chilled soft drinks & alcohol,” Gladman added. 



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