September 18, 2018 / 7:22 AM / a month ago

UK grocery sales up 3.8 pct in record-breaking summer - Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - British grocery sales grew 3.8 percent in the latest 12-week period, boosted by strong sales of alcohol, soft drinks and ice cream in the country’s record-breaking hot summer, industry data showed on Tuesday.

Market researcher Kantar Worldpanel said that sales growth was ahead of grocery inflation of 2 percent. It said prices were rising fastest in markets such as butter, cola and canned fish.

Asda was the best performer of Britain’s big four grocers, with sales up 3.1 percent, ahead of Morrisons, up 3.0 percent, and market leader Tesco, up 1.9 percent.

Sainsbury’s, which has agreed to take over Asda, was the laggard again, with sales up 1.6 percent over the 12 week period.

All of the big four still lost market share to the discounters Aldi and Lidl whose sales growth was 13.9 percent and 8.3 percent respectively. (Reporting by James Davey, Editing by Paul Sandle)

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