Data: Grocery stock levels stabilise but some unavailabilities grow

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The huge efforts by the UK grocers and their suppliers are helping to bring out-of-stock levels under control, but there is still work to do. The latest data from Edge by Ascential shows unavailabilities across some categories increased over the past week and disparities between the ability of supermarkets to ...

During the week to April 2, out-of-stock levels at the UK grocers reached a high of 21.9% but ended the week at an improved 18.4%. This compares to a high of 23.1% the previous week. Average out-of-stock levels for the UK grocers before the coronavirus pandemic stood at around 1.3%.

Measures such as reducing the number of essential items that customers were able to buy have helped with this and also restrictions on the size of online orders.

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