Discount retailer Aldi will have 99 stores in the Republic of Ireland by the end of this year.

It currently has 96 outlets in Ireland but will add three more by December.

The new stores will be in Ballyfermot in Dublin, Naas and Donegal town.

Each outlet employs between ten and 15 people on average.

The company has been growing its market share by 25% per annum.

It has been expanding at a rate of between nine and 12 stores every year.