Sainsbury’s is stocking its shelves with everything to help stave off the cold snap as the weather is set to take a turn for the worse this weekend. Sales of cold and flu medicines have risen over 30% compared to last year while soup sales are set to be up 25% this weekend. Even salt is set to be 30% more popular as a popular DIY grit.
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Sainsbury’s buyer Jon Biddle commented: "If the big freeze of 2011 is anything to go by, we could see an uplift of 4,000% on products such as snow shovels and de-icer in the coming days."
Nicky Millington, Sainsbury's Healthcare Buyer said: "During the peak of cold and flu this year almost 14% of the UK population was suffering from a cold of some sort, and despite giving a record breaking 54,000 flue vaccinations, sales of cold and flu remedies were up 33% more than the year before."
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The picture was taken at the Crosby store in December 2010 as Sainsbury’s colleagues battled their way to work, despite the heavy snow