New figures show further polarisation in "flat" grocery market

Waitrose and the discounters continue to make headway in the grocery market, new Kantar Worldpanel data shows, while Sainsbury's has posted its first loss in over ten years.

image: Sean Hickin
image: Sean Hickin

Waitrose saw a 1.5 per cent rise in sales over the 12 weeks to 26 April, while Aldi and Lidl showed continued sales growth with 15 and 10 per cent rises respectively, although their rate of increase in market share appears to be slowing.

Overall the grocery market grew by just just 0.2 per cent compared with the same period last year, thanks to ongoing price deflation.

Sainsbury's held up best among the Big Four with a 0.2 per cent dip in sales. But its latest full-year results for the year to mid-March show a loss before tax of £72 million - its first loss-making year for over a decade - due largely to a revaluation of its properties.


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