Aldi is now UK’s 5th big­gest su­per­mar­ket

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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.

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