SPENDING at Co-op stores has increased by 2.1 per cent over the last three years, according to retail analysts IGD.
According to the survey people are spending around £ 25 billion on goods bought from convenience stores, up by four per cent and the average person spends roughly £ 10 a week on goods bought from convenience stores – with an increase in fresh produce purchases.
Since 2003, Co-op stores have seen a 2.1 per cent increase in sales – a rise from £ 2,176m up to £ 2,561m over the last three years.
The growing importance of healthy eating has led to a 25 per cent increase in the sale of fresh foods in convenience stores.
IGD forecasts predict that continued growth could be as high as 7.2 per cent by 2011, dependent on growing population and lifestyle changes.