UK online grocery sales drop for the first time – Kantar

Stocks of fresh fruits and vegetables can be seen at the Lambeth depot of the Weezy online supermarket, amid expanding grocery fast delivery businesses, London, Britain May 12, 2021. Photo taken May 12 2021. REUTERS / Toby Melville / File photo

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Online grocery sales in the UK fell 2.6% in the four weeks to July 11 year-on-year, the first-ever decline as Britons returned to physical stores, workplaces and restaurants, market researcher Kantar said Tuesday.

The number of people choosing to buy groceries online fell by 81,000 in the period compared to the same four weeks last year, as the value of digital shopping carts fell 8% to an average of 80 pounds ($ 109.4) per store, he said.

The chain accounted for 13.3% of the total UK grocery market, up from 13.4% in Kantar’s June report.

The researcher said overall grocery sales fell 5.1% year-on-year in the 12 weeks leading up to July 11, but rose 10.9% from the same period in 2019 – before the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to disrupt trade.

He said shoppers spent £ 3 billion more on groceries than during the same period in 2019.

The British spent £ 1.2bn on alcohol in the four weeks leading up to July 11 as they gathered to watch the Euro 2020 football tournament – a 24% increase from the same period in 2019.

All of the big four UK grocers – market leader Tesco (TSCO.L), Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L), Asda and Morrisons (MRW.L), saw lower sales compared to last year.

Grocery prices fell 1.5% over the 12-week period, Kantar said, with prices rising the most rapidly in markets such as salty snacks and cat food, while falling in bacon and fresh vegetables.

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Source: Kantar

($ 1 = 0.7314 pounds)

Reporting by James Davey; edited by Richard Pullin

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