Food retailers saw a boom in non-food sales driven by electrical goods in the second quarter of 2002, according to Information Resources. The research group said sales of non-food items in grocers and health and beauty shops grew at double the rate of food sales. Housewares, greeting cards, household sundries and medicines had all sold well. However, lottery sales had continued their downward spiral despite the Lotto relaunch. Information Resources attributed falling sales of suncare products in the period to bad weather, and bogof promotions that encouraged shoppers to stock up early. {{NEWS }}