Grocery news from the UK
Retail Gazette in the UK reported on the sales results in the UK grocery sector. The typical growth year-on-year was around 2% for most grocers, with the exception of Lidl (5.5%) and Aldi (7.4%). These discount operators continue to grow their market share (from 13.2% last year to 14.3% this year). Their continuing success reinforces our view that in the grocery segment the long term winners will be chains that mastered operational excellence, not those with bloated head offices, costly IT systems, and buying departments trying to squeeze ever more out of the already struggling suppliers.