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Home movies

Evening snacking is a massive market, worth £6.5bn to retailers and growing, according to Kantar data. Included in this is, of course, the 'big night in', and when you look at other stats available, you can see why it's such a big deal. According to Mintel, 78% of consumers spend most of their leisure time at home and 64% of cinema-goers watch more films at home than they used to two years ago. What these people choose to eat while watching these films is no great surprise according to Kantar, it's chocolate, then sugar confectionery, and then crisps.

Cracking on

Easter just wouldn't be the same without chocolate eggs and the manufacturer that leads the field in these eggs is Mondelez with a 44% share of the market. Indeed 82% of the UK population ate a Mondelez Easter product last Easter with Cadbury Creme Egg being the number one brand (IRI data).

Top-notch tipples

Christmas is crucial to the beers, wines and spirits (BWS) category and the week leading up to December 25 is the most important time, when 38% of December alcohol sales occur (Nielsen data).

Santa's sales winners

Whether it's a tub of your favourite twistwraps, an extra large Toblerone or a Chocolate Orange, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without chocolate. No wonder then that it's the most important time of the year for chocolate sales.

Getting Fright Night right

The growing popularity of Halloween provides many exciting opportunities for the retail sector. That's the verdict of research company Kids Insights' latest survey of more than 5,000 youngsters. The survey found that 70% of children are planning to celebrate Halloween this year, a figure which jumps to 89% among four to six-year-olds. Kids Insights says this demonstrates the strength of the event which is resonating more strongly with every generation of UK children and how it has established itself as one of the key events for UK retailers.

Top side sales

While the type of products available via pump-top promotions can be bought online from Amazon and eBay, and in stores such as B&M, it's the impulse nature of these purchases that still drives sales in forecourts. "People don't visit a forecourt store expecting to buy a gardening tool," explains Karanbir Landa, director at DSL Group, "but when they are presented with one in-store, in front of them, they feel obliged to buy it."

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 November 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East131.0157.70138.30126.81
East Midlands130.59139.47126.61
London131.00140.06127.56
North East129.23139.06125.25
North West129.8364.92138.07126.36
Northern Ireland127.82133.40124.44
Scotland130.4852.70137.39126.25
South East131.4769.90139.42127.48
South West130.5064.90136.17126.41
Wales129.68135.94125.44
West Midlands130.33140.40126.46
Yorkshire & Humber129.8099.90138.58126.25

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