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Ahold Delhaize, H-E-B, and Other Retailers See Growth in U.S. Consumer Spending Amid Inflation

Ahold Delhaize, H-E-B, and Other Retailers See Growth in U.S. Consumer Spending Amid Inflation



UNITED STATES - Inflation—it’s the talk of the industry whether you find yourself on the buy- or supply-side. As MarketWatch reported, the grocery industry saw the biggest year-over-year price hikes since the 1970s in July 2022. With these rising prices impacting the retail sector, Bloomberg Second Measure recently analyzed how United States consumer spending changed between July 2021 and July 2022 at major grocery chains.

Recent data reveals that average transaction values increased year over year at most U.S. grocers, with H-E-B leading the charge at 12 percent

The study’s data revealed that average transaction values increased the most year-over-year at H-E-B and Kroger, while Ahold Delhaize saw the most growth in year-over-year sales. According to the report, most of the grocery companies analyzed experienced year-over-year growth in average transaction values in July 2022. At H-E-B, the average transaction value grew 12 percent, and transaction value also increased 10 percent year-over-year at Kroger banners. Average transaction values also grew 8 percent at Aldi, 7 percent at Ahold Delhaize, 4 percent at Albertsons, and 3 percent at Publix.

The report also noted that U.S. sales at Ahold Delhaize increased 18 percent year-over-year, followed by Aldi and H-E-B with increases of 17 percent each. During this time frame, U.S. sales grew 15 percent at Publix, 14 percent at Trader Joe’s, 12 percent at Kroger, and 10 percent at Albertsons.

Followed by Aldi and H-E-B, Ahold Delhaize saw the most growth in year-over-year sales, with an increase of 18 percent

To adapt and combat rising food prices as a result of inflation, grocers are implementing new strategies such as offering prepared meals to mitigate inflation and drive customer loyalty or expanding their delivery and omnichannel programs to further optimize convenience. With these moves in place, we hope to see how fresh produce suppliers are being supported amidst inflationary pressures as well.

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