Last week’s sales are well ahead of the previous year with soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks performing really well. England’s exit is a disappointment but the good weather should keep us busy over the next few days as retailers restock. While we wanted a long run in the competition to capitalise on business opportunities, everyone here is suffering from soccer fatigue and it will be good to reset our sights on other business opportunities.

Half price or buy one get one free? Retail club members are undecided on which works best. We can use more deals like these to promote extra value in the local store and want more price-marked packs too, but shared margins have to be maintained. We are relieved to hear the news that the government will not increase Sunday trading hours for multiple operators. Independents should make more of this trading advantage.

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