Winners and losers in grocery retail

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The big four supermarket chains all increased sales in the 12 weeks to 13th August helping the market grow by four per cent, according to statistics from Kantar Worldpanel.

However, it was the discounters, that saw the biggest growth. Aldi now has a seven per cent share of the market, while Lidl is up to 5.2 per cent. The other big winner was online retailer Ocado which has grown its market share to 1.4 per cent.

The Co-op recorded a 0.4 per cent fall in sales, but this reflects the fact that it has just sold 300 stores to McColl’s.

Fraser McKevitt, head of retailer and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Overall supermarket sales grew by four per cent year on year, although disappointing weather hit summer favourites hard during the past month. Ice cream sales were down nine per cent as consumers huddled indoors, while sales of burgers slumped by 25 per cent – an £8 million loss year on year – as rain dampened the nation’s appetite for barbecues. In contrast, sausages managed to escape the summer downturn thanks to a growing taste for posh bangers.”


Total till roll – consumer spend  12wks to 13-08-17     change on last year ( %)


Lidl                                                      1,350                           18.9

Aldi                                                     1,813                           17.2

Ocado                                                  353                              12.6

Iceland                                                 550                              5.2

Tesco                                                  7,239                           3.0

Waitrose                                              1,350                           2.8

Morrisons                                           2,710                           2.6

Sainsbury’s                                         4,120                           2.0

Asda                                                    3,922                           1.4

Co-op                                                  1,651                           -0.4

Total grocers                                       26,029                         4.0

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