Summer boost to burgers and sausages Lamb differs from its 2000-2001 performance in recording a marked drop in expenditure in the latest household purchase and expenditure data from market researcher Taylor Nelson Sofres. The carcase figures across the board tell the familiar flat story. But the MLC's analysts point out that burger and sausage purchases and spending were much stronger last month than in June 2001. Jubilee celebrations, coinciding with National Barbecue Week, were the main driving force. That no doubt contributed to plunging sales of ready meals, in contrast to rapid growth last year. Talk among wholesale traders is of slow movement in carcase beef and pork, not just slack prices. Lamb trade is harder to judge, export demand and slightly tighter import supply having obscured underlying domestic trends. {{MEAT }}