Data: Grocery out-of-stocks edge down as stockpiling eases

Coronavirus supermarket rationing

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, data from Edge by Ascential shows that grocery retailers are starting to see more stable demand spread out throughout the week, helping them to better manage their online stock levels.

Average out-of-stock levels across the major UK online grocers ended the week at 14.9%, compared with 17.2% a week ago. This still compares to a UK average before the pandemic of 1.3%.

During the week to May 11, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose all had increased availability, with Sainsbury’s having the greatest increase of in-stock products (up 2.1%).

This was due to increases in availability for key categories including soap (up 19%), kitchen towel (up 20.7%) and toilet paper (16.4%).

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