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Sainsbury reports brisk sales as Argos takeover bears fruit

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Sainsbury announced a 2.3% increase in retail sales due in part to its £1.4b takeover of general-merchandise chain Argos last year. It scored well in fresh produce, general merchandise and clothing.

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EARLY summer barbecues and higher prices proved a potent combination for UK supermarket chain J Sainsbury Plc in the first quarter of its financial year.

As sweltering temperatures lifted demand for everything from burgers to paddling pools, like-for-like retail sales rose 2

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