Dunnes Stores retains top spot two months in a row in supermarket battle

Grocery Market shares

Dunnes Stores has held its position as Ireland’s largest grocer for the second month in a row according to the latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland,The figures published today, contain data for the 12 weeks ending 26 February 2017.

Dunnes have encouraged shoppers to add more to their baskets, helping the retailer to maintain the title of Ireland’s largest supermarket this month. The grocer’s “Shop & Save” initiative is continuing to influence customers to spend more, with the average basket featuring an extra one and a half items – an additional €3 per trip and €25 million for the retailer in the past 12 weeks, compared to the previous 12 weeks. This is the first time the retailer has retained the top spot.

Sales at Dunnes grew by 4.6% and the retailer increased its market share to 22.9%, up from 22.5% last year. SuperValu remain an incredibly close second with a 22.6% share of the market.

SuperValu also convinced customers to spend more in their weekly trip with the average customer spending over €1 more per trip, causing sales to grow by 0.5% amounting to an extra €3 million for the grocery chain. Last month, Supervalu announced plans to open three new stores and refurbish a host of others. With the retailer will be expecting to experience a boost in sales later in the year.

Aldi’s and Lidl’s success is continuing, with sales rising by 5.3% and 4.1% respectively. Over the past twelve weeks Aldi managed to attract an additional 20,000 customers into its stores, while also encouraging them to visit more frequently. Lidl’s uplift in sales enabled the retailer to increase its share of the market to 10.6%.

Following three months of steady growth, Tesco sales dropped by 1.0% as eleven days of staff strikes led to disruption for the retailer. Despite the industrial action only affecting eight stores there has been a clear impact on the retailer’s performance, with market share falling by 0.9 percentage points to 21.7%.

For more Grocery Market Share data visit Kantar Worldpanel’s Dataviz