Aldi is now UK’s 5th biggest supermarket
GERMAN-OWNED Aldi has overtaken the Co-op as Britain’s fifth biggest supermarket.
Aldi’s sales rose 12.4% year-on-year in the 12 weeks to January 29, taking its market share to 6.2% and ahead of the Co-op’s 6%, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel.
It underlines the challenge the big retailers have already faced from discounters such as Aldi and its German rival Lidl.
Meanwhile sales at Lidl rose 9.4%, taking its market share to 4.5%.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “Underpinned by an extensive programme of store openings, the past quarter has seen Aldi attract 826,000 more shoppers than during the same period last year.”
In 2007, Aldi was only Britain’s 10th largest food retailer.