May 27, 2020

Tesco and Sainsbury’s sales outpace Aldi for first time in a decade

The UK's two biggest supermarkets have increased sales at a faster rate than discounter Aldi for the first time in a decade, as the coronavirus pandemic spurred weekly shops and more online ordering. In the 12 weeks to May 16, Tesco's sales rose 11.7 per cent and those of J Sainsbury grew 11 per cent year on year, according to Nielsen. Sales at Aldi, the larger of the two German-owned discounters operating in the UK, rose 10.1 per cent. Sales growth at the biggest supermarkets was still outstripped by its compatriot Lidl, which lifted sales 13.8 per cent. Neither company offers online grocery ordering although Aldi did recently start a trial at a small number of stores where its staff pick online orders and Deliveroo takes them to customers.

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