But the supermarket chain’s retail director Ben Stimson noted that “comparisons are heavily distorted, as the equivalent week last year was not the build-up to Easter”.
Barbecue food saw strong sales with frozen burgers and sausages up 127%. Dips also rose by 33%. Cold drinks were enjoyed too, with ice cube sales increasing by 68%.
Many customers chose to spend time in their gardens with horticulture performing well: outdoor plant sales rose by 57%.
The warm weather also encouraged people to indulge in cool treats with children’s lollies sales up by 104% and ice cream sales boosted by 43%.