The Co-operative Group expects supermarket gross sales to surge in the North East in the coming months just after new restrictions for the area have been introduced.
Chief executive Steve Murrells stated neighborhood lockdowns had boosted gross sales in places where curbs had been placed on bars and places to eat.
“We’d hope to see a bounce up in the northeastern element of the state in the coming times, and where neighborhood lockdowns have taken position – Leicester and Birmingham – we have witnessed much much better like-for-like gross sales,” he stated.
Broader restrictions would “most certainly” lead to enhanced trading at Co-op stores, Mr Murrells stated.
“Persons will shop far more regionally and far more often, and we are looking at our basket sizes rise as very well, driving this performance.
“So that presents us some encouragement for what we see as a tough six months forward with a