Supermarket sales in Great Britain slowed after face-covering rule

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Data shows 2 million fewer visits in England shortly after Covid measure was introduced

Supermarket sales have slowed in Great Britain since the easing of lockdown restrictions, as the introduction of compulsory face coverings in stores in England and Scotland initially deterred some shoppers.

Take-home grocery sales slowed by 14.4% year-on-year in the three months to 9 August, as more shops and hospitality venues reopened, making consumers less reliant on food retailers, according to the data analysis firm Kantar, which examined shopping trends in England, Scotland and Wales.

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