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5. Back on track?

It’s still all change in the UK retail grocery market but there have been recent glimpses that maybe the worst is over.

The latest quarterly data from Kantar Worldpanel for the first quarter of 2015 showed that the discounters, Aldi and Lidl, continued to dramatically outperform their larger rivals in a virtually static grocery market, as they had done throughout 2014. At the top end, Waitrose continue to perform strongly despite the difficult market conditions but have now been overtaken by Aldi in terms of market share.


Major retailer shares for quarter ending March 2015

Some recent news from some of the big names in the UK retail grocery sector:
  • Aldi …celebrating in style
  • Asda  …expanding southwards
  • Co-op …healthier balance sheet after 2014 disposals
  • Lidl  …Michelin-star chef to spring more surprises
  • Marks & Spencer … food performs well
  • Morrisons …analysts debate possible disposal of food manufacturing businesses
  • Sainsbury …positive outlook despite sales decline
  • Tesco … progress at last
  • Waitrose … profits decline despite sales and share growth

To mark the 2nd anniversary of Horsegate, BPEX published research undertaken to measure the level of consumer trust in their meat supply. Over 90% of respondents expressed ‘a lot’ or ‘a fair amount’ of trust in meat purchased from butchers shops – the equivalent figure for supermarkets was 69% and just 17% for fast-food outlets.



25th birthday

More surprises on the way

More positive outlook

Progress at last

Feeling the squeeze?