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LONDON, Feb 7 German-owned Aldi has
overtaken the Co-operative to become Britain's fifth
biggest supermarket group, industry data showed on Tuesday,
highlighting the rapid growth of the discount chain.
Aldi's sales rose 12.4 percent year-on-year in the 12 weeks
to Jan. 29, taking its market share to 6.2 percent, ahead of the
Co-op's 6.0 percent, market researcher Kantar Worldpanel said.
Aldi and German budget rival Lidl have in recent
years won share from Britain's traditional "big four" grocers,
putting increased pressure on them to lower prices and raise
"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," said Fraser McKevitt,
head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel.
Sales at Lidl rose 9.4 percent, taking its market share to
A decade ago Aldi was only Britain's 10th largest food
retailer, accounting for less than 2 percent of the grocery
Tesco remains the clear leader with more than 28
percent of the market. Its sales rose 0.3 percent over the 12
week period that included the busy Christmas season.
Morrisons, the smallest of the "big four" increased sales by
1.9 percent, gaining market share for the first time since June
Sales were flat at second-ranked Sainsbury's but
fell 1.9 percent at Asda, the British arm of Wal-Mart.
Overall supermarket sales were up 1.7 percent year on year,
Kantar Worldpanel said.
The market researcher noted that well-publicised supply
issues due to poor weather in southern Europe affected sales in
fresh produce, with sales of courgettes down 31 percent in
January compared with last year and spinach down 12 percent.
Kantar Worldpanel said rising prices continued into the new
year, with like-for-like inflation on a basket of everyday
groceries climbing to 0.7 percent.
"If prices continue to rise at the same rate for the rest of
2017, shoppers will find themselves around 27 pounds
($33.39)worse off," McKevitt said.
Market share and sales (percent). Source - Kantar Worldpanel.
12 wks to 12 wks to pct change
Jan. 29 2017 Jan. 31 2016 in sales
Tesco 28.1 28.5 0.3
Sainsbury's 16.5 16.8 0.0
Asda 15.6 16.2 -1.9
Morrison 10.9 10.8 1.9
Aldi 6.2 5.6 12.4
Co-operative 6.0 5.9 2.0
Waitrose 5.3 5.2 3.4
Lidl 4.5 4.2 9.4
Iceland 2.3 2.2 8.6
($1 = 0.8085 pounds)
(Reporting by James Davey, Editing by Paul Sandle/Keith Weir)