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U.K. Grocery Sales Hold Firm
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U.K. Grocery Sales Hold Firm

Grocery sales in the U.K. are holding their ground despite the continued economic difficulties, according to a new survey from Nielsen. Overall, sales grew 5.7 percent in the twelve-week period ended February 21 versus the same period last year, with all of the top 4 grocers attracting new customers.

Asda and Sainsbury showed solid growth during the quarter (7.6% and 5.5%, respectively), while Morrisons grew a strong 8.2 percent, driven by increased spending from its shoppers and Waitrose re-energized its business with 3.2 percent growth.

Discount retailers continued to make gains with a 27 percent increase in sales on a year-to-year basis.

12-week % share of grocery market spend by retailer

Retailer 12 w/e 2/23/08 12 w/e 2/21/09 Sales Change %
Tesco 27.9 27.8 4.9
Asda 15.5 15.8 7.6
Sainsbury 14.8 14.8 5.5
Morrisons 10.2 10.5 8.2
Co-op 5.8 5.7 2.6
Waitrose 3.6 3.5 3.2
M&S 4.2 4.1 2.1
Somerfield 3.4 3.2 0.6
Iceland 1.7 1.9 17.4
Source: Nielsen Total Till, Nielsen Homescan 2009