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Wet weather boosts cold remedy sales

Retailers report a three fold hike on last year


Echinacea purpurea

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Cough and cold remedies are selling at more than treble last summer’s rate thanks to the wet weather, according to Boots.

It reported a dip in demand for hayfever remedies following a sales surge in April and May.

The retailer said products for cough and cold sufferers were up 247 per cent on this time last year.

Echinacea, which is thought to cut the chances of getting a cold, has been selling at a rate of one packet per minute at Boots stores this month.


Superdrug also reported a ‘massive’ increase in echinacea sales following a recent scientific report which said the remedy could halve the risk of catching colds.

Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers advised shoppers to wrap up warmly if it’s wet, saying: ‘The unseasonable weather is definitely causing an increase in the number of people asking the pharmacy team about cough and cold remedies.’

Superdrug said its echinacea sales soared tenfold in the week after details of its potential health benefits were published.

The chain has increased its order of echinacea supplies for this winter five-fold compared to last year.

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