Sainsbury’s best among the big four, Lidl fastest growing


Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl have been delegated the best performing supermarkets during the Christmas sales period – with some astonishing results. The Sainsbury’s Mog the Cat advert is thought to have brought the supermarket some assistance with becoming the best performing among the big four stores in UK.

Sainsbury’s pulled in an added 114,000 customers and sales lingering by 0.8 percent compared to the previous year, as per market analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel. Lidl was the fastest growing retailer in the region, with sales up by an enormous 18.5 percent. The discounter’s extended product range, particularly in its premium lines, has urged customers to shop with Lidl more, with average basket sizes up by 7 percent, Kantar found. At the same period of time, another discounter, Aldi saw an expansion in sales by 13.3 percent. It comes as the supermarket sector, in general, saw sales drop by 0.2 percent. The major players who faced hit backs during the festival season were Tesco, Asda and Morrisons, Kantar found.

The Sainsbury’s happy advert, which brought the country’s most loved calamity-prone feline back to life, was generally hailed as one of the best Christmas campaigns of 2015. In the meantime, the retailer won over clients with its Taste the Difference brand, which saw its greatest ever Christmas sales, Kantar said. Simple costs cuts as opposed to confused multi-purchases were additionally a hit with customers. Harsh rivalry in the midst of markets spelled a decent Christmas for customers with groceries 1.8 percent less expensive than a year ago.

Among the major grocery stores Waitrose and Co-operative, alongside Sainsbury’s, grew ahead of the market. Nonetheless, Tesco sales fell by 2.7 percent, and the retailer’s shares went down to 28.3 percent. Asda and Morrisons likewise declined to 16.2 percent and 11 percent separately. It comes as Morrisons today declared it would close another seven markets, regardless of a small uplift in christmas offers of 0.2 percent.