Two primary on-line grocery supply operators have reported sustained gross sales enlargement regardless of an easing of coronavirus restrictions that has larger festival for shopper gross sales.
The COVID-19 pandemic compelled the grocery store sector to the entrance line – forcing it to take a position closely to feed the country as call for for deliveries surged amid orders for everybody to stick at house.
Tuesday’s buying and selling updates from Sainsbury’s and Ocado instructed there was no let up within the pattern and shoppers stay firmly considering foods at house regardless of the reopening of pubs, cafes and eating places.
Sainsbury’s stated 18% of all meals gross sales have been now made by way of its web page when compared with 8% pre-pandemic.
Overall like-for-like gross sales, except gas, rose 1.6% within the 16 weeks to 26 June – its first quarter.
Analysts had anticipated a fall of one.7% given a difficult comparability with the similar length a yr in the past when cabinets have been stripped naked through panic consumers as the primary UK lockdown took grasp.
The chain – 2nd simplest to Tesco with regards to marketplace proportion – stated gross sales of grocery, basic products and clothes have been all upper than it had anticipated.
Gross sales at Argos took a selected hit on the other hand – down 3.7% – because the stocking-up on house workplace apparatus a yr previous used to be now not repeated.
Sainsbury’s stated grocery supply used to be 142% up on two years previous, prior to the pandemic.
It used to be a identical tale for Ocado which stated its three way partnership with M&S loved a 20% upward push in earnings throughout the primary part of its monetary yr to 30 Might.
Gross sales hit £1.2bn, the corporate stated, because it loved “robust” order and buyer enlargement regardless of the easing of restrictions.
Ocado one after the other introduced a brand new partnership for its robot warehouse generation with Alcampo in Spain.
Its stocks rose 2% in early offers whilst Sainsbury’s positive factors have been extra restricted – at 0.6%.
The pair delivered their buying and selling updates at a time of energetic takeover hypothesis around the grocery sector, given a £6.3bn bid for Morrisons being accredited over the weekend.
Town analysts imagine Sainsbury’s could also be being eyed – with Amazon probably amongst suitors because it expands its personal, fledgling, grocery pursuits in the United Kingdom.
Sainsbury’s leader govt Simon Roberts moved to distance his trade from the controversy on Tuesday, telling a choice with analysts he used to be considering turning in his technique and would now not speculate at the wider trade strikes.