UK Grocery Trade: Discounters Gaining Ground

The UK grocery trade continues to see discount chains gaining ground on self-proclaimed "added-value" sellers like Waitrose and Sainsburys.

In the 12 weeks to 30th November sales at UK grocers rose 6.7% year-on-year, the increase being entirely driven by 8.5% food price inflation.

The largest growth continues to come from the likes of Lidl and Aldi, with the latter achieving record sales growth of 25.4% during the period. Although Aldi's share of the UK market is still low at 3.1% that is still it's best standing ever in the UK market.

Of the big four Wm Morrison was the fastest growing at 10.3%, followed by Wal-Mart's Asda on 7.8%, whilst Sainsburys held its ground with 6.1% sales growth. Tesco continues to lose share, it's growth falling behind at 4.3%, much of that being due to it's shoppers switching purchases to it's new cheaper own-label discount range.

For the first time in recent years, Waitrose growth fell into negative territory, retreating 0.7 percent.

Tesco still retains top spot in market share in the UK holding steady at 30.9%, with ASDA second at 16.8%, Sainsbury's on 16.0% in third and Morrisons on 11.8% in fourth.