Our shoppers made a surprise return to last week's stores to see whether a week is a long time in grocery. Things had improved a bit on out of stocks with four full baskets compared with two last week. But supplies of McCain chips were still out at Waitrose in Waterlooville and Asda in Stockport. At the latter store, our shopper said the bare space in the fridge drew attention to the cheaper Asda Smartprice alternative (£1.07 for 2.7kg) on sale nearby. While that scuppered Asda's chance of a full basket, Waitrose was well off the mark, with four out of stocks out of the 33 compared with last week's three. And our shopper reported that the busy store was "the worst ever Waitrose" with low stock throughout. Tomatoes were still soft at Morrisons in Killingworth, but this week they had also gone up in price by 5p. But the store redeemed itself with helpful staff and fast service. And Asda in Stockport got a gold star from our shopper for "lots of smiles". Safeway in Bishopbriggs had cut prices on apples, potatoes, and Nescafé, and there was a voucher for 5p/litre off petrol at the bottom of the receipt. But with an out of stock on Anchor butter, it was not eligible for cheapest basket', which again went to Asda in Plymouth. {{GROCER 33 }}

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