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After years of deflation, Brexit currency movements meant there had been a “little bit of canada goose coats uk food price inflation” this year, chief executive Mike Coupe told the BBC.

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However, the decline was not as bad as expected and sales rose.

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‘Relatively limited’The value of sterling has fallen sharply since last year’s Brexit canada goose outlet toronto location referendum, pushing up the canada goose kensington parka uk cost canada goose outlet london of imports.

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However, Mr Coupe said the “impact on customers had been relatively limited”.

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“Food price inflation as measured by the government is around 2% and inevitably the things that we import so they tend to be things like fresh foods get a little bit more expensive on the back of that,” Mr Coupe said.

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The supermarket chain took over catalogue retailer Argos and Habitat last year in a 1.4bn deal.

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Mr Coupe said: “We have delivered a good performance across the group in the last six months.

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He was also asked whether discounters such as Aldi and Lidl were still making inroads into Sainsbury’s customer base.

“We have always worked on the assumption that the discounters will continue to grow. but we have planned our business on that basis and the way our customers are shopping is changing.

“They’re canada goose factory outlet toronto location shopping with us more frequently and you can see that in our convenience store business it’s grown at 8%, they’re shopping online, that’s grown at 7% and increasingly canada goose outlet store uk they’re canada goose outlet mall shopping non food with Sainsbury’s, so for instance, our clothing business grew by 7%.”

‘Muted’ improvementThe company said its full year profit forecast remained “in line” with market expectations.

However, Sainsbury’s share price fell more than 3% following the release of the results. It subsequently recovered some ground and closed 2.1% lower.

Molly Johnson Jones, senior Retail Analyst at GlobalData, said Sainsbury’s “momentum” from the first quarter had not been maintained.

Canada Goose Online “Of all of the grocers, canada goose outlet parka Sainsbury’s improvement seems the most muted, and a focus on profitability must be maintained in order to prevent further investor discontent.” Canada Goose Online.

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