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Lockdown boosts NI grocery stores' sales

Convenience retailers able to forge ahead with 21% growth as shoppers contend with restaurant closures

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Opening: the new £4m VIVOXTRA at Newry Road, Banbridge

Opening: the new £4m VIVOXTRA at Newry Road, Banbridge

Opening: the new £4m VIVOXTRA at Newry Road, Banbridge

The closure of restaurants and cafes in Northern Ireland as part of coronavirus restrictions have led to booming sales at supermarkets and convenience stores, according to a report.

Symbol convenience retailers such as Spar, Centra and Vivoextra have boosted their market share to 8.7% over the last year, up from 8%, according to research by Kantar.

The category boasts the biggest jump in value of sales of all segments of the grocery market over the last year, at 20.9%.


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