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Sainsbury's sales accelerate

Despite coronavirus restrictions lifting and eating out being legal from April 12th, many Brits are still eating the majority of their meals at home. This has led to a profit increase for supermarket chain Sainsburys.

It has made "good progress against the plan to put food back at the heart".

In the 16 weeks leading up to June 26, sales grew by 1.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2020.

Online sales have also been healthy, with the percentage of food sold through Sainsbury's website increasing from 8 to 18 pre-Covid.

Argos sales slumped a little, a decline of 3.7 per cent which is understandable given a year ago new home office supplies were needed for working from home but are no longer needed this year.

Chief executive Simon Roberts said, "Over the coming months we expect to see customer shopping patterns normalise further and we are well set up to serve them however they want to shop,

"We are focused on offering our customers even better value and regularly creating new and exciting products for them to try."

Delivery services have increased by 142 per cent on two years ago, as the nation was asked to stay at home during the pandemic. It is also up 29 per cent on this time last year.

There was also success with Sainsbury's clothing range Tu as they were allowed to be open while other clothing stores were closed at the beginning of the year in England and Scotland. Also, customers have been buying outfits for restaurants opening up again and full restriction easing on the so-called "freedom day".

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