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Aldi and Lidl are Britain's fastest-growing supermarkets

Aldi and Lidl are Britain's fastest-growing supermarkets

Alcohol sales grew by 5.1% year on year, with spirits leading the charge: "up 7.6% as consumers favoured festive tipples featuring gin and whisky", McKevitt said.

The other members of the Big 4 - Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons - all saw gains of about 2% as overall sales for the sector rose 3.8% to £28.9bn compared to past year.

Indeed, private-label sales at the supermarkets grew at almost three times the rate of the overall grocery market (6 per cent) as "most retailers made a big play on the quality and value of premium private-label this Christmas, which is crucial as shoppers look to economise not compromise".

According to the latest Kantar Worldpanel UK grocery market share figures, Tesco recorded a 3.1 per cent rise in sales in the three-month period ending December 31 - its sales growth the retailer has seen since June and beating Big 4 rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.

United Kingdom shoppers spent nearly £500 million more on food in December 2017 than in the final month of 2016 with Tesco, in particular, achieving the largest sales growth of the Big Four in the final quarter of past year.

Over the three months to December last year, sales of non-food items fell 3.7% - marking their steepest drop in five years, the BRC's figures showed.

Asda's sales increased by 2.2%, while Morrisons posted a 2.1% hike in sales, which it has attributed to resisting hiking prices despite surging costs.

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"Shoppers parted with 747 million pounds on December 22 alone, making the Friday before Christmas the busiest shopping day ever recorded".

Like-for-like prices rose by 3.7% in the 12 weeks, a slight increase on the 3.6% rise reported last month.

"Shoppers are splashing out despite fewer promotions to tempt them". Aldi increased market share by 0.8 percentage points year on year to capture 6.8% of the market, with 39% of trips including at least one product from its premium Specially Selected range. "Only 36% of spending was on items on offer this year - the lowest level of promotional activity at Christmas since 2009".

Spending over the four weeks to December 30 hit £10.5 billion, a 3.7% year-on-year rise, Nielsen said, with grocery sales up 3.2% over the whole of 2017 on the previous year.

It said this had forced shops which did not sell food to discount heavily in the lead-up to Christmas to try and encourage shoppers to spend more.

"It was in stark contrast to many high street retailers who saw less footfall and sales declines. The timing of Christmas day certainly helped as it was conducive to last minute indulgences and fresh foods".


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