Sainsbury’s has said, helped by sales of clothing, summer, dining and paddling pool, to accelerate growth in the past few months. Analysts said June hot weather had helped to lift the company’s sales, also of Argos.
The UK’s second largest supermarket said ” like-for-like sales strip out the impact of new stores grew by 2.3%, excluding petrol.
Chief executive Mike Coupe, said he was “satisfied” with the result – its best growth in four years.
Laith Khalaf, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said added: “The recent heat wave, increase sales, Sainsbury’s group, as customers turned to the Argos website to buy to keep fans and paddling pools cool in the hot weather.”
The demand for offers on British strawberries and summer-eating-added to the area of Sainsbury’s grocery sales, up 3%.
Food price inflation also contributed to an increase in sales at the supermarket checkout.
Analysis: Emma Simpson, BBC business reporter
This is the best quarterly performance of Sainsbury’s in years, with sales up across the board. Like the other big supermarkets, which is inflation, this growth in sales to some.
The chief said the company had managed to “keep a check on prices,” and that the rise in own label were a great success.
This was a sign of Shopper-trade, for example, to eat in instead of eating? Chief executive Mike Coupe said there was no evidence of a massive change in the behavior of the consumer, although a trend could start to come through.
The most striking is the increase in clothing sales by more than 7%, a very strong performance, in stark contrast to its competitors on the high street. however, A sign, perhaps, that the consumers that just your wallet.
Mr Coupe said: “inflation is coming”, but that Sainsbury’s was to try to keep the prices down by striking deals with suppliers.
He pointed to the chicken, milk and broccoli, which he said were cheaper than three years ago.
The latest sale is an acceleration from the previous quarter, marked with figures, as sales grew by just 0.3%.
The growth was also slightly stronger than expected, analysts have predicted that like-for-like sales growth of 2%.
David Alexander from GlobalData, says: “Even accounting for a later Easter and the day of the mother, and the inclusion of a flourishing Argos in the figures, the numbers are still positive.”