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Tesco Increases Dominance With 12-Week Sales Rise: NielsenIQ

Published on Nov 16 2021 12:50 PM in Retail tagged: Trending Posts / Sainsburys / Morrisons / Asda / Christmas

Tesco Increases Dominance With 12-Week Sales Rise: NielsenIQ

Tesco, Britain's largest retailer, was the only one of the country's big four grocers to grow sales in the last 12 weeks.

Tesco, Britain's largest retailer, was the only one of the country's big four grocers to grow sales in the last 12 weeks, increasing its sector dominance in the run-up to Christmas, data from market researcher NielsenIQ showed on Tuesday.

It said Tesco's sales rose 0.4% year-on-year in the 12 weeks to 6 November, increasing its market share by 0.2 percentage points to 26.6%.

In contrast smaller rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons saw sales fall 3.1%, 2.4% and 4.7% respectively, and all lost market share.

NielsenIQ's data echoed figures from rival researcher Kantar last week.

First Half Profit

Last month, Tesco reported a 16.6% jump in first half profit and raised its full-year earnings forecast despite supply chain disruption.

NielsenIQ said total UK grocery sales fell 2.0% in the four weeks to 6 November versus high comparative numbers ahead of a second national COVID-19 lockdown last year.

Sales were, however, up 4.9% on the same period in 2019.

The researcher noted that in-store visits to supermarkets were up 6.5% compared with last year over the four week period, equal to 28 million more visits.

In contrast, the online share of sales fell to 12.2%, down from 12.6% in the previous four weeks.

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