Heavy sales have been made but industry still has plenty of stock especially 213g Princes and John West undercut the own labels Early indications from retail sources suggest that the various red salmon promotions are working well, which is hardly surprising in that premium labels are showing reductions of 75p for the 213g. In many instances, Princes and John West are below the retailers' own labels, which mirrors the heavy promotional activity of last Christmas and the investment being made to secure market share by the two leading brands. The question being asked is whether the current deals will be repeated for Easter as sterling has weakened against the US dollar, pushing up importers' costs. Much will depend on the unsold stock position in Seattle where the major canners have their lead offices. In the absence of any official stock returns which used to be issued by the canners' association, importers rely on individual companies' information. A consensus seems to be that although heavy sales of 418g and 213g reds have been made, the industry still has plenty of stock, particularly the 213g. This would suggest that there will be repeats of the £1.19 retail ticket well into the summer, but the 99p deal is more unlikely. New Year deals on pinks have been finalised, with most retailers going for the bogof strategy. {{ PICK THE CORRECT SECTION }}