Let it snow!

Retailers get ready for snow

Published:  26 November, 2010

LONDON: The industry says it is ready to meet demand for gritting salt this winter, according to the Salt Association.

The summer of 2010 has seen an unprecedented demand for road salt from councils that have recognised the need to hold increased salt stocks following two severe winters, it said.

"In order to meet demand and replenish depleted local government stocks across the country, the UK salt industry has continued to mine around the clock throughout 2010, approximately doubling normal annual output to ensure local councils have salt supplies in place before winter weather arrives," the association said.

The onset of severe winter weather with snow has triggered a boom in weather related product sales. Sales of rock salt are up by 1600% year-on-year, while Wellington boots sales rose 388%.

Wood, kindling, logs and coal have also been popular with customers in recent weeks, with sales up 150% in the year to date.

Steve Guy, seasonal trading manager at B&Q, said: "It seems the weather won't catch us unaware like it did last year. We have been busier than ever selling rock salt and we've seen noticeably higher sales on winter fuels too.

"We've been working hard to prepare and ensure our shelves are fully stocked with everything people might need to see them through a cold spell."

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