Aldi's popularity with British shoppers soars as sales rise 15pc

Aldi's popularity with British shoppers soars as sales rise 15pc”

During the 12 weeks to 3 December, alcohol sales were up almost £172m on 2016, as we opted for more expensive tipples such as gin - which was up 26 per cent; whisky - up 10 per cent; and sparkling wine - up seven per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

"With Christmas Day falling in a Monday, people are likely to delay their big Christmas shop until the final week and we expect almost all shoppers will visit a grocery retailer at least twice that week", Nielsen UK's head of retail insight Mike Watkins said.

As the snowy weather turns the nation's thoughts to mince pies and turkey, the supermarkets are now also fully focused on the critical Christmas trading season. Like-for-like grocery inflation now stands at 3.6% - it's highest level since 2013.

'Despite its market share falling by 0.1 percentage points to 28.2%, Tesco remains Britain's most-visited retailer - welcoming 21 million households during the latest quarter, ' Kantar Worldpanel said.

Tesco, still the UK's biggest grocer by market share, grew sales 2.5% in the 12 weeks ended December 3, to £7.61bn. "Over Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December, we expect shoppers to part with an eye-watering £1.5 billion as they fill their trollies ahead of Christmas Day". Country rival Lidl chalked up sales growth of 14.5 per cent.

Kantar noted that online grocery sales growth slowed considerably to 2.8 percent, though specialist Ocado outperformed the market with growth of 5.2 percent.

Mr McKevitt said that Aldi saw notable successes in the chilled aisle.

Meanwhile Morrisons' market share fell to 10.6 per cent, despite an annual sales boost of 1.4 per cent year, showing just how much the German discounters are denting market share.

As of 10:22 GMT, Tesco's share price had added 0.68 percent to 206.90p, outperforming the benchmark FTSE 100 index which now stands 0.26 percent higher at 7,473.16 points.

The UK's four biggest grocers saw collective growth of 1.9 per cent during 12-week period, making this the ninth consecutive period of increasing sales for the UK's largest retailers.

The former also filed an increase in market share of 0.5%, taking its total to 5.1%.

The market share of up-market retailer Waitrose, a division of John Lewis Partnership PLC, fell to 5% in the 12 weeks ended December 3, from 5.1%. (WMT), saw its market share fall to 15% from 15.3%, with sales 1.2% higher at GBP4.06 billion. Wm.

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