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Business briefing: Sweet treats in duty free ‘67% dearer than online’

DUTY free shoppers who buy goods at airports could be spending a lot more than if they were to purchase the same products online, according to a study.

Chocolate and sweets were on average 67 per cent more expensive than at typical shopping and online outlets, with a bag of peanut M&Ms costing passengers £3.75 instead of the normal £2.

And a 300g bar of Cadbury Oreo chocolate grabbed before a flight would set you back £5 — a full £3 more expensive than the usual cost. On average, duty free products were 17 per cent more expensive than from online outlets, comparison website finder.com found in a mid-June survey.

Suncare was the second most expensive category of goods at duty free, setting shoppers back 37 per cent more than elsewhere. A bottle of Ultrasun Aftersun cost £6.31, 63 per cent higher than the cheapest online price.

Sunglasses and watches are on average 29 per cent dearer duty free, said finder.com. It found Ray-Ban 3025 Aviators for £113.30 in duty free stores compared with £81 online.

Wine and whisky were up to nine per cent more expensive at duty free, while all other spirits were five per cent cheaper than online.

Finder.com’s chief executive Jon Ostler said: ‘Duty free can offer products that aren’t readily available elsewhere so the best thing is to research before you buy.’

Vroom for sausage rolls in Greggs link with Just Eat

Tasty wheels: Joe Swash hit the road yesterday on Greggs’ sausage roll sidecar PICTURE: PINPEP

ROLL up, roll up… for free Greggs deliveries as the bakery giant’s customised motorbike and sidecar goes on tour.

The bakery — famous for its sausage rolls and steak bakes — is celebrating its partnership with Just Eat by offering free delivery with no minimum spend to around 1million customers via nine shops in London, Newcastle and Glasgow until 25 September.

The Just Eat service may be extended after the trial period.

Former EastEnder Joe Swash, crowned King of the Jungle in I’m A Celebrity in 2008, launched the deal by hopping on a bespoke sausage roll motorbike sidecar.

A spokesman for Greggs said: ‘A team of designers took two weeks to customise the vehicle, which features a six-foot golden pastry-look sidecar.

‘The bespoke Triumph Bonneville was inspired by the push-bike that Greggs founder John Gregg used in the 1930s to deliver his baked goods. The delivery bike will cover over 400 miles in three days, visiting London, Newcastle and Glasgow.’

Greggs, which has 1,900 stores and sells 145million sausage rolls a year, is giving out sausage and vegan rolls from its pastrymobile.

Dad-of-two Joe, 37, said: ‘Bacon rolls are my favourite. I’ll be putting a few cheeky orders in myself.’

Sainsbury’s struggles amid blocked merger

SAINSBURY’S has seen sales continue to tumble over the past four months, as pressure weighs on boss Mike Coupe.

Mr Coupe will face investors today following the collapse of a planned merger with Asda.

The chain’s like-for-like sales took a 1.6 per cent hit in the 16 weeks to June 29, as the decline accelerated from 0.9 per cent in the previous quarter.

Retail sales, excluding fuel, fell 1.2 per cent, with the chain citing a ‘tough environment’.

The figures come after the competition watchdog, the CMA, blocked Sainsbury’s from joining forces with Asda in April.

BUSINESS BITES

■ ONLINE estate agency Purplebricks is to pull out of the US market as annual losses nearly doubled to £59million. The group, which plans to focus on the UK and Canada, has already said it is quitting Australia.

■ SMALLER firms are failing to take action on plastic waste with just 30 per cent urging staff to use reusable alternatives while only a fifth have replaced some or all of their single-use plastic, a YouGov poll reveals.

■ JD SPORTS says it is on track to at least match profit expectations after opening 29 new stores, most of them overseas. It has continued to achieve ‘encouraging’ like-for-like sales after record results in the year to February 2.

■ MONSOON and Accessorize will receive rent cuts at 135 of 258 shops after landlords backed plans for a company voluntary arrangement. The retailer said its current rents were ‘unaffordable’ due to retail woes.

■ OUTSOURCING giant Serco has been fined £19.2million for fraud and false accounting after overstating profits for electronic tagging. As a result, the Serious Fraud Office will end its probe into the 2013 scandal.