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New data from PayPoint highlighted the categories that proved popular over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

More than 16,000 street parties are thought to have taken place over the course of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the UK. According to PayPoint data comparing the weekend against similar periods in May, ten of the top selling product categories over the Platinum Jubilee weekend were:

1. Ice Cubes +36%

2. Fireworks +30%

3. Disposable BBQs +30%

4. Disposable Crockery +25%

5. Cold Food to Go +23%

6. Bacon +18%

7. Preserves and Spreads +16%

8. Ready to Drink Alcohols +15%

9. Medicines +10%

10. Chilled Meat & Poultry +7%

Anthony Sappor, head of retail partnerships at PayPoint, said the occasion was an opportunity for independent retailers to remind their customers that they are the hub of their communities. “The Platinum Jubilee celebrations are bound to be remembered for a generation as one of the most uplifting and community spirited moments we have enjoyed as a nation, since the Olympic Games in 2012. Our retailer partners always do a fantastic job at catering to the needs of their local communities and it’s no surprise that they delivered last weekend. I only hope that they were also able to join the celebrations too.

“In addition to being an essential port of call for a multitude of services, from everyday essentials to bill payments, cash access and so much more, independent retailers are more reliant than ever on their local customers amidst the challenging economic environment. It’s fantastic to see the support that was clearly shown for them over this busy trading period and I would urge the public to continue championing them as essential hubs within their communities.”

Find out how retailers celebrated the Platinum Jubilee.