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British grocery market slips back into decline

Fraser McKevitt

Head of Retail and Consumer Insight

Shoppers 30.06.2015 / 11:00


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Sales down at Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda - Waitrose up

Grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 21 June 2015, show the overall grocery market slipping back into decline with 0.1% less going through the tills compared to last year.

Sales fell by 1.3% at both Tesco and Sainsbury's. This took market share down to 28.6% and 16.5% respectively, a decrease of 0.3 and 0.2 percentage points. At Asda sales were down by 3.5%, leaving the retailer with a 16.5% share, compared with 17.1% last year.

Morrisons recorded a sales growth of 0.6%, which has been supported by an increase in online shopping. Continuing to grow ahead of the market, the retailer has increased its market share to 11.0%, up 0.1 percentage points compared with a year ago. While only a small increase against a weak 2014, this does represent the first market share gains made by Morrisons since December 2011.

Last seen in November, the return to marginal decline across the grocery market reflects both falling prices and only steady volume growth. Sales volumes are up 2% compared to a year ago but are not anticipated to accelerate, even with an improving economy, as demand for groceries has remained broadly steady since before the recession.

Groceries are now 1.7% cheaper compared with a year ago. Prices have been falling since September 2014, but the rate of decline is slowing meaning they are projected to rise again by the end of this year.

At the Co-operative sales were flat, but were crucially ahead of the market for the first time in nearly four years. Helped in part by more shoppers visiting the stores, the retailer's market share held steady at 6.2%.

Aldi and Lidl showed no signs of slowing down and are continuing to take share away from the competition. The two discounters increased their sales by 15.4% and 9.1% respectively. Aldi reached a new high with a 5.5% share of the market while Lidl, also showing continued growth, rose to 3.9%. Waitrose also grew ahead of the market, with sales increasing by 1.2%, moving to a 5.1% share.

See the July 2015 Kantar Worldpanel grocery share data.
See the August 2015 Kantar Worldpanel grocery share data.
See the September 2015 Kantar Worldpanel grocery share data.

Source : Kantar Worldpanel

Editor's Notes

These findings are based on Kantar Worldpanel data for the 12 weeks to 21 June 2015. Kantar Worldpanel monitors the household grocery purchasing habits of 30,000 demographically representative households in Great Britain.

Journalists, for more information or to interview one of our grocery experts, please contact us.

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