March 3, 2020 / 8:31 AM / a month ago

Sainsbury's is only 'big four' UK supermarket growing sales - Kantar

FILE PHOTO: Signage for Sainsbury's is seen on delivery vans at a branch of the supermarket in London, Britain, January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L) was the only one of Britain’s “big four” supermarkets to record year-on-year sales growth in the 12 weeks to Feb. 23, although it still lost market share to discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to researchers Kantar.

Sales at Sainsbury’s rose 0.3%, Kantar said on Tuesday, whereas market leader Tesco (TSCO.L) recorded a dip of 0.8%, Asda was down 1.2% and Morrisons (MRW.L) fell 2.0%.

Lidl was the fastest growing supermarket for the first time since 2017, with sales up 11.4% in the period, taking its market share to 5.8%, Kantar said. Its bigger rival Aldi recorded growth of 5.7%, giving it a 7.9% market share.

The impact of the coronavirus crisis has been seen at the tills, with sales of hand sanitiser up 255% in February while liquid soaps grew by 7%, Kantar said.

Reporting by James Davey and Paul Sandle, editing by Louise Heavens and Mark Potter

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