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Monday 5 December 2016

Shoppers warming up with whiskey and soup

Aideen Sheehan Consumer Correspondent

Published 01/12/2010 | 05:00

A snowman studies the racing form outside Aggie Madden's pub in Loughrea, Co Galway, yesterday
A snowman studies the racing form outside Aggie Madden's pub in Loughrea, Co Galway, yesterday

SOUP, hot chocolate and whiskey sales are all booming as we try to keep warm during the cold snap.

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And outdoor adventure shops are also doing a roaring trade as shoppers race to get kitted out for the ice.

Home deliveries of groceries have soared, as shoppers stock up on essentials without having to brave the perilous roads.

Tesco said that whiskey sales were up 20pc on this time last year, hot chocolate was up 17pc and hot cereals such as porridge were up 12pc.

Online shopping orders were up 70pc on Monday alone making it their biggest day ever for home deliveries, a Tesco spokesman said.

SuperValu also said that their home deliveries had soared. Sales of soup had "gone through the roof", while staples such as eggs, potatoes and bread were also flying off the shelves.

Superquinn also said there had been big increases in "weather-related" sales. This included soups up over 25pc and fire products up 36pc.

However, it's not just groceries that have seen a lift in the freeze. Crampons that you strap on your shoes for better grip and other anti-slip devices are also being snapped up faster than outdoor stores can get them into stock.

Irish Independent

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