Discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have continued to
make gains against the UK?s leading retailers according
to new figures released by market analysts AC Nielsen
and TNS Worldpanel.
Aldi saw sales climb by almost 20% over the last three
months, including a 13.6% increase over the four weeks
to 9 August. The group now boasts 3% of the UK grocery
market, up from 2.6% a year ago.
Rival discounter Lidl saw sales increase by just over
12% for the previous three months and 8.4% over the past
four weeks. However, Netto posted a slight dip in sales,
Iceland has had its best quarter in a decade after the
frozen food specialist notched up a 14.4% increase in
sales for the last three months, according to TNS.
Farm Foods, which also specialises in frozen food, grew
even faster, with sales up by nearly 21%. The overall
market grew at a rate of 7.2% over the same period.
By contrast, Marks & Spencer has continued to suffer
over the last month. Date from TNS shows that M&S
experienced a 1.4% drop in food sales in the past four
weeks, while Nielsen numbers suggest the dip was even
more pronounced, at 2.1%.