LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Discounter Lidl has increased its UK grocery market share to a record high of 5.2 percent, overtaking Waitrose to become the country’s seventh largest supermarket, industry data showed on Tuesday.
Market researcher Kantar Worldpanel said Lidl’s sales rose 18.9 percent year-on-year in the 12 weeks to August 13, while rival discounter Aldi’s sales rose 17.2 percent, giving it a market share of 7.0 percent.
All of Britain’s big four grocers - market leader Tesco , Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons - increased their sales in the period but they still lost market share to the discounters, who, unlike the big four, are continuing to open new stores.
Grocery inflation was 3.3 percent for the 12 weeks versus 3.2 percent in last month’s data set. (Reporting by James Davey; editing by Costas Pitas)