…By Larry John for TDPel Media.
During the week of the Coronation, UK supermarkets witnessed a significant surge in sales, with Britons collectively spending £2.8 billion on groceries.
Products such as custard, cream, and champagne experienced the largest increase in sales during this period, according to NielsenIQ.
Adjusting for Inflation, Coronation Week Sales Fall Short of Previous Jubilee Celebrations
While the nominal spending during Coronation week surpassed that of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee week, adjusting for inflation revealed a lower level of sales growth.
NielsenIQ pointed out that party accessories recorded the highest increase in sales, more than doubling in comparison to the previous week.
Cream, custard, champagne, and sparkling wine also experienced significant growth, with sales rising by over 70%.
Despite the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, shoppers allowed themselves some indulgence, taking advantage of discounts and incentives offered by retailers.
This suggests that consumers are willing to allocate a portion of their constrained budgets to enjoy the festivities and mark significant national events.
Cost-Conscious Shopping Habits Persist, Indicated by Frozen Goods Purchases
NielsenIQ’s analysis also revealed a broader trend in cost-conscious shopping habits.
The week preceding the Coronation saw increased purchases of frozen goods, indicating that consumers are actively seeking cost-saving measures amid the cost-of-living crisis.
Stocking up on frozen items and shelf-stable goods, which tend to be more affordable and have a longer shelf life, allows consumers to stretch their budgets during the weeks in between special occasions.
Boost in Grocery Sales Amid Discounts and Incentives
Mike Watkins, NIQ’s UK Head of Retailer and Business Insight, emphasized that the Coronation provided a welcome boost to grocery sales.
Shoppers took advantage of discounts and other incentives offered by retailers during this period.
The allure of celebratory promotions and special offers likely played a role in encouraging consumers to increase their spending on groceries and treats.
The positive impact of retailers’ discounts and incentives on grocery sales during the Coronation week indicates the effectiveness of promotional strategies in stimulating consumer demand.
By offering attractive discounts and incentives, retailers successfully encouraged shoppers to indulge and celebrate the occasion.
This demonstrates the importance of strategic pricing and promotional activities in driving sales growth, particularly during significant events that resonate with consumers.