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    Easter egg sales dwindle as consumer behavior shifts

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    Easter egg sales have fallen by 12 per cent in the UK due to combined effects of inflation and HFSS legislation, shows recent figures.

    According to retail data specialist Reapp, sales of chocolate eggs have dropped by over 600,000 units in the buildup to Easter, equating to £11.3 million in sales value, equating to about 2 per cent decrease from 2023 (£11.5 million).

    It comes as the average price of an egg in British supermarkets has leapt by 11 per cent year on year going from £2.27 in 2023 to £2.52 this year.

    Sales plummets continue across general Easter confectionery sales as well, with popular items such as chocolate bars and sweets seeing a sales volume decrease of 7 per cent Y-O-Y. Confectionery sales totalled over £62 million in the buildup to Easter, a two per cent increase in the category Y-O-Y with the average selling price increasing by 10 per cent (£1.77).

    James Lamplugh, Reapp Commercial Director, says, “The evidence of dwindling Easter egg sales reflects a shift in consumer behaviour. With inflation and a more health conscious Britain playing a big role in shaping the nation’s baskets.”

    “With retailers having to satisfy HFSS legislation, Easter eggs are only being sold in dedicated seasonal isles meaning less visibility for the customer, it comes at no surprise to see less shoppers opting for Easter eggs this year.”

    “Our data demonstrates that as prices rise, shoppers are recalibrating their purchasing habits, favouring essential items over Easter eggs. It is crucial that retailers find the right balance through in-store promotions to incentify sales.”

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