Supermarkets have notched up their strongest sales since 2012

 
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The supermarket sector is celebrating a "marked turnaround", with sales growth speeding up to five per cent, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

The figures, covering the 12 weeks ending 18 June, represented the strongest growth for the industry since March 2012.

The sales boost for supermarkets is hitting consumers, however. Kantar's Fraser McKevitt said the strong figures were in part due to grocery inflation, which is now at 3.2 per cent, meaning the average household is spending an extra £133 a year on shopping.

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Six things we learned from the latest figures on the grocery sector

Butter prices have jumped almost 20 per cent

Fish prices are up 14 per cent, largely driven by a drop in the supply of farmed salmon

The heatwave has contributed an extra £58m in sales from ice cream and cider, sales of which rose by 12 per cent and 16 per cent respectively over the period

Tesco has been cashing in. Its sales jumped by 3.5 per cent, the fastest growth since April 2012

Morrisons, however, put in the strongest performance of the 'Big Four', with its sales growing by 3.7 per cent, the seventh period of growth in a row.

Online shopping now makes up 7.6 per cent of the industry's total sales.

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