Dive Brief:

  • The U.S. restaurant industry saw its fourth straight month of sales acceleration in August, with sales up 3.7%, as major grocery chains saw their sales drop 7% from July, according to new data from M Science, a data analytics firm.
  • The grocery brands that saw the greatest sales deceleration in August relative to the industry average were Smart & Final, Stop & Shop and Food Lion. Also witnessing decelerating sales were Fairway Market, ACME, Randalls, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, Ralphs, Roundy’s and online delivery service Instacart. Lidl and Wegmans both saw sales growth accelerate in August.
  • The online segment of the grocery industry saw a particular month-on-month deceleration in its August sales, while the natural and organic subsector saw relative sales growth, according to M Science.

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