Aldi and Lidl hold 13.1% of Irish grocery market

Monday 29 April 2013 15.41
Aldi plans to open 20 new stores in Ireland over the next three years
Aldi plans to open 20 new stores in Ireland over the next three years

Discount retailers Aldi and Lidl now hold a 13.1% share of the Irish market, according to the latest statistics from Kantar Worldpanel Ireland.

The figure, which covers the 12 weeks to 14 April, represents a record share for the discount sector with both chains posting significant sales growth in recent months.

Aldi, which now has a 6.4% market share, saw sales grow by 28.5% in the period examined. Lidl, which has a 6.6% share of the market, grew sales by 7.3%.

SuperValu also saw its sales grow, gaining 1.3% year on year. It has a market share of 19.8% - unchanged from the same period of 2012.

Superquinn’s sales grew by 0.9%, though its market share has fallen 0.1% to 5.6% when compared to last year.

Both SuperValu and Superquinn are part of the Musgraves Group.

Sales at Tesco fell by 0.9%, according to the figures, while its market share dropped 0.5% year-on-year. The British chain is still the biggest grocery retailer in the country, however, with 27.7% of the market.

Dunnes Stores is the second biggest, holding 22.5% of the market in the period examined. Its sales were up 0.4% year-on-year.