Although wine is growing at 3.2% in independents, this is behind the multiples' growth of 10%. Beer is in decline compared with growth of 4.5% in multiples. Consumers planning a party may be stocked with beer multipacks, but the bring a bottle' element' is an opportunity for the independent.
The seasonal growth of cold drinks is in line with the market as are the suncream and cameras/film categories as the sun goes against expectations and shines steadily down.
Impromptu barbecue sales benefit a local store and products should be stocked and on clear display in order to make the most of the good weather. Remember, it may not last!

Source: ACNielsen Scantrack Total Business Read ­ 52 weeks ending June 14 2003