Discounters benefit at Christmas amid 0.2% drop in grocery sales

first_imgContinuing price deflation meant there was no Christmas uplift for the British grocery market as sales fell 0.2% on last year. But Waitrose, The Co-operative and Sainsbury’s successfully grew ahead of the market. The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 3 January showed that shoppers pocketed the change over Christmas as one million more headed to the discounters compared to the same period last year.Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Shoppers reaped the benefit of falling prices this Christmas”, adding that groceries were 1.8% cheaper than last year. The amount spent on a typical Christmas lunch was down by 2.2%, which he said was because poultry and vegetable trimmings were cheaper. Alcohol sales increased thanks to a surge in popularity for sparkling wines, including Champagne and prosecco, which increased in value by 11%.Sainsbury’s was the best performing of the traditional supermarkets, attracting an additional 114,000 shoppers, with sales increasing by 0.8% on last year. Its premium Taste the Difference brand posted its biggest ever Christmas sales.Lidl was the fastest-growing retailer overall, with sales up 18.5%, Aldi followed with an increase in sales of 13.3%.Fraser McKevitt continued: “The discounters are continuing to establish themselves in the minds of British consumers – almost one in eight did their single biggest December shopping trip in Aldi or Lidl, on top of the 15.6 million households who visited at some point in the 12 weeks.” That represents an increase of nearly one million shoppers on last year, and their combined share is up from 8.3% last year to 9.7%. But despite Aldi and Lidl’s success, consumers are still spending most of their money in more traditional supermarkets, and “total discounter share has dipped from the 10.0% achieved just before Christmas”.Shoppers trading upTesco sales fell 2.7%, but an investment in its ‘festive five’ fruit and vegetable promotions meant it was an improvement on last month’s performance. The retailer’s share went down to 28.3%, with Asda and Morrisons also declining to 16.2% and 11.0% respectively. Waitrose once again benefited from shoppers trading up at Christmas, growing sales by 1.5% and taking share back up to 5.2%. The Co-operative also won share at Christmas for the first time since its Somerfield acquisition – it recorded a sales growth of 1.4%, which was enough for it to secure 6.0% of the market.last_img read more

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MMA Mariners Win Lacrosse Opener

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin CASTINE — Christopher Keiley scored six goals and provided four assists as the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners crushed Green Mountain College 20-2 in their lacrosse season opener on Saturday at Ritchie Field. Ryan Williams of the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners checks a Green Mountain College defender during MMA’s lopsided 20-2 season-opening lacrosse win on Saturday at Castine.—MIKE OLESThe Mariners jumped out to an 8-0 first-period lead over the visiting Eagles and led 13-2 at halftime. MMA freshman Andrew Di-Salvo had a strong debut with 10 points, including seven assists. Senior Garret Lake and sophomore Todd Murphy each contributed three goals, and sophomore Wade Mondoux had a goal and three assists. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFreshman goalkeeper Daniel Redmond made eight saves in notching his first collegiate win. For Green Mountain, Chris Wetzel and Thomas Wheeler each scored and goalkeeper Steve Braunius had a busy afternoon with 14 saves on 50 MMA shots. The Mariners were slated to continue their North Atlantic Conference play yesterday (Wednesday), hosting Thomas College, and they will host St. Joseph College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Latest Postscenter_img Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

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Kenya’s Sumgong evades protester to win Olympic marathon

first_imgBy Scott Malone RIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong evaded a protester who leapt onto the Rio marathon course yesterday to become the first woman from her country to win Olympic marathon gold in two hours, 24 minutes and four seconds.Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa claimed silver in 2:24:13 and Ethiopian Mare Dibaba snatched the bronze in 2:24:30.Sumgong, 31, said the man on the course immediately brought to mind memories of the April London Marathon, when she experienced a similar incident.“It brings back memories of London, that’s where my thoughts went back to,” Sumgong said. “I was like scared, maybe I’m in trouble.”It was not immediately clear if the man, who went head over heels over a metal barrier, had been arrested or what his motive had been.At the Athens Olympics in 2004, defrocked Irish priest Neil Horan tackled Brazil’s Vanderlei de Lima near the finish, knocking him out of the lead. The bronze medalist lit the Olympic cauldron at Rio’s opening ceremony on Aug. 5.Sumgong, 31, bided her time throughout the race, staying with the leading pack and not moving ahead until the end.“I had prepared that I would move out at kilometer 35 and my body was responding very well, as well as my movement,” Sumgong told reporters after crossing the line at Rio’s Sambadrome, the parade ground where brightly costumed samba schools perform during the city’s annual Carnival celebration. “At the 40 kilometer I knew the gold was mine.”“It was very hot but everybody had to get through the heat. I had to control my body and listen to my body very carefully,” Sumgong said.Belarusian Volha Mazuronak, 27, shook up the pack halfway through, taking the lead and briefly pulling ahead of the lead group.The move pushed the pace, stringing out what had been a lead pack of more than two dozen runners, causing some to drop back.It was the first in a series of attacks by the first-time Olympian, who was ultimately unable to sustain the pace and was dropped by the leaders in the closing stages before finishing fifth in 2:24:48.last_img read more

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Shuttler Subhankar Dey progresses past first round of French Open

first_imgAdvertisement lp7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4qylbrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Easb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yWould you ever consider trying this?😱6ssdCan your students do this? 🌚t1on6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian shuttler Subhankar Dey surprised many after his upset win over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the first-round of the French Open. Dey, now on the second round of the tournament, defeated the world number 17 Sugiarto, by 15-21, 21-14, 21-17 in one hour and 18 minutes. This was Subhankar’s second victory over the Indonesian; previously beating him in the India Open in March, by 14-21 22-20, 21-11.Advertisement Meanwhile in the first round of the Women’s singles, P. V. Sindhu began her campaign with an easy victory over Michelle Li on Tuesday. Sindhu, ranked as the world number six, struggled of late before finally beating Li 21-15, 21-13 in a match which lasted 44 minutes only. She will now face world number 26 Yeo Jia Min of Singapore in the second round of the French Open.Advertisement India’s Olympic silver medallist had a 5-2 head-to-head record over the world number eight Canadian before Tuesday’s match and Sindhu had beaten Li in their previous meeting during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.But Sindhu has looked out-of-form since her maiden World Championships title in August, as she failed to cross the second round in three consecutive tournaments. She lost in the second and first rounds at the China Open and Korea Open respectively last month, and in the second round against Korea’s An Se Young in Denmark Open last week.Advertisement The Indian ace shuttler will look forward to gain her form back as soon as possible with the Tokyo Olympics looming next year. Advertisementlast_img read more

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