discounters, multichannel key themes in grocery

 In Aldi, International, Tesco
It can be difficult to identify common trends across markets but, in many ways, two key trends have intensified in the grocery retail sector in 2013 in a number of countries – the durability of discounters and the heightened interest and investment in developing multichannel retail businesses.
There have been, in some Western markets, signs of economic recovery. However, while the macroeconomic data has improved, consumers remain cautious – and have continued to turn to discount retailers more often for their grocery shop.
Last month, data from Kantar Worldpanel claimed over half of the UK’s households visited either an Aldi or a Lidl in the 12 weeks to 8 December, underlining the inroads the discounters have made into the country’s grocery market.
During the period, each of the UK’s five largest grocers – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and The Co-operative Group – lost market share. Upmarket grocer Waitrose continues to enjoy rising sales and market share but the continued growth of the likes of Aldi and Lidl had a clear impact on the UK’s largest grocers last year. "Value continues to be a powerful incentive for the British shopper," Kantar Worldpanel reported last month.  Just Food – Read more…

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