Asda and Sainsbury’s are the top performers among the big four supermarkets, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks ending 5 August 2012.
The UK’s second and third largest grocers posted sales growths of 6.2% and 4.6% respectively, ahead of total market growth of 3.9%.
Kantar said all the big four supermarkets performed strongly and, although Tesco continues to lose share, this is now at a slower rate as it begins to close the gap with its rivals.
Fraser McKevitt, retail analyst at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “It’s too early to attribute improved grocery sales to the Olympics, however, the increased market growth rate coincides with the opening week of London 2012 and the better weather in July.
“Shoppers might not yet notice it at the tills, but they are starting to benefit from lower grocery inflation, with prices now rising at 3.2% – the slowest rate for 18 months and a sign that things are starting to look up.
“Despite this, consumers are still seeking economy products and retailers are reflecting this demand in their store offerings. The lowest priced own label lines, such as Tesco Everyday Value, are growing at 13% while premium own label sales are falling by 4% year-on-year.”
The number of shoppers looking for value has helped both Aldi and Lidl maintain their double digit growth, said Kantar.
Iceland continues to benefit from the strong frozen food sector with a year-on-year growth rate of 7.0%.
At the other end of the price spectrum, Waitrose has grown by 7.4% – a considerable uplift on the 4.8% growth posted last period.