The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “Sales were distorted by challenging comparisons against the same week last year, when sales were higher due to Britain recovering from the ‘Beast from the East’ and the run-up to Mothering Sunday, which fell on the March 11.
He noted: “Our vegetarian and vegan ranges continue to perform well with sales up 57%. Appetisers were up 15%, deli sales were up 14% and olive and antipasti sales were up 15%.
“Speciality beer was up 22%, rums were up by more than 14% and malt whisky sales increased by more than 10%.”
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