Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ice Means It's a Boom in Sales for Salt, Shovels, Wellies - and Cat Litter

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ice Means It's a Boom in Sales for Salt, Shovels, Wellies - and Cat Litter

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SALES of salt have soared by up to 900% in supermarkets as customers stock up to clear slippery paths and roads.

Ice has been a problem around the country over the past few days after heavy snow and sub zero temperatures. And, amid criticism in some areas that pavements are not being cleared quickly enough, householders are taking matters into their own hands.

B&Q said sales of shovels were up 50% and wellington boot sales up 33% week on week. Sales of rock salt soared 900% on the previous week, which was a 75% increase on the peak week last year.

Morrisons said sales of its 1.5kg bags of cooking salt have increased by almost 400% compared to the beginning of last week.

It has also seen a 340% increase in sales of its 1kg bags of table salt.

Asda said sales of salt have increased by 300% in the past week and Tesco also reported a rise in sales. There has also been a brisk trade in cat litter, which people use as an alternative to grit.

The Co-operative said there had been higher than usual demand for table salt because of the weather. …

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