Aldi overtakes Co-op to claim fifth UK supermarket spot

Discount retailer Aldi's sales are up 12.4% year on year while its market share has risen 0.6 percentage points to 6.2%, making it Britain's fifth largest supermarket, according to recent research.

Image: Nic McPhee (CC BY SA 2.0)
Image: Nic McPhee (CC BY SA 2.0)

Grocery market share figures for the 12 weeks ending 29 January collated by Kantar Worldpanel, were published yesterday (7 February):

"Just a decade ago Aldi was the UK's tenth largest food retailer, accounting for less than 2% of the grocery market," Kantar's head of retail and consumer insight Fraser McKevitt said.

"Underpinned by an extensive programme of store openings, the past quarter has seen Aldi attract 826,000 more shoppers than during the same period last year."

Despite slipping a place, the Co-op's revival continued with a 2% sales increase, including an increase of 7% in own-label. Of the nine major retailers, only Asda failed to grow sales over the past 12 weeks.

Fellow discounter Lidl saw a 9.4% year-on-year sales increase and a rise in market share of 0.3 percentage points, giving it 4.5% of the UK grocery market.

On the fresh produce supply issue, McKevitt said: "Eleven million households buy courgettes annually, but supply issues contributed to 759,000 fewer shoppers buying them this January – a 31% drop in spending compared with the same month last year.

"Sales of spinach also fell by 12%, in a clear sign that the poor weather in southern Europe has had a tangible impact on British shopping baskets."

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