Belfast Telegraph

Dunnes' market share up by 2.6%

By Donal O'Donovan

Irish supermarket Dunnes Stores is fighting back in the supermarket wars, lifting its share of the Republic's grocery market in the past 12 weeks while both Tesco and SuperValu lost ground.

The latest supermarket industry figures, from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, show Dunnes Stores recorded a sales increase of 2.6% to hold its 21.2% share of the market for the 12 weeks ending on July 20.

Lidl and Aldi also both continued to grow their share of the market. Lidl's share now stands at 8.4%, while Aldi's is 8.3% – the highest level each for the two German-owned chains.

Their combined sales are now close to those of one of the big supermarkets.Growth in the grocery sector across Ireland remains muted at less than 1%, but in Dublin the value of supermarket sales has increased by 5.4% – further proof the capital has been the main beneficiary of economic recovery to date.

The latest research shows Tesco remains the biggest grocery chain, with 25.6% of the market, SuperValu is just behind with a 24.7% share, while Dunnes has 21.2%.

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