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(Alliance News) – UK supermarkets had their busiest month ever in December, market research firm Kantar said Tuesday, as the usual festive sales boom was sparked by lockdown measures that forced bars and restaurants to close again

Of the UK grocers listed in London, Ocado saw the largest annual increase in sales, but Tesco PLC and J Sainsbury PLC gave in the twelve weeks ended March 27th December both market shares to

Total grocery sales in the UK increased 11% annually to £ 3269 billion from £ 2935 billion

for the twelve weeks including the holiday season

“December is always an incredibly busy time for supermarkets, but takeaway grocery shopping is usually complemented by partying in restaurants, pubs and bars – with £ 4 billion spent on alcohol-free eating and drinking around the house During the normal festive month, nearly all of these meals were eaten at home this year, and retailers have stepped up to meet growing demand, “said Fraser McKevitt, director of retail & Consumer Insight at Kantar

Freight delays and Brexit concerns also added to the drama over the period, according to Kantar As a result, the 21st December the busiest shopping day of the year

Much of Europe quickly banned British travelers and cargo from entering their countries after a more transmissible variant of Covid-19 was discovered in the UK. Dramatic images in December showed hundreds of trucks in the port of Dover, likely causing panic buying

Ocado saw a strong sales increase of 37% in the 12 weeks This is the best of the grocery stores listed in London. Sales in the reporting period were 530 million GBP The online grocer’s market share improved to 16% from 13%

Among the traditional Big Four, Tesco’s market share fell to 273% from 274%, but sales rose 11% to £ 8.92 billion

At Sainsbury’s sales rose 16% to £ 520 billion, although like Tesco its market share fell slightly to 159% from 160%

Asda’s sales rose 78% to GBP469 billion annually, but its market share fell to 143% from 148%

WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC’s sales rose 13% to £ 341 billion and its market share rose 104% from 103%

In addition, the Bradford, England-based company said Tuesday that Christmas and New Year’s like-for-like sales were 9.3% higher annually, it was a festive record performance, the company noted

Elsewhere, the John Lewis Partnership grocery arm, Waitrose, posted a 5% increase in sales to GBP163 billion and its market share was unchanged at 50%

Iceland saw sales grow 21% and its market share rose to 25% from 23%. At Co-op, sales rose 98% but its market share fell to 60% from 61%

The fortunes of the major German discount chains were mixed. Lidl’s market share improved to 61% from 59%, but Aldi fell to 74% from 78%

Like Morrisons, Aldi itself reported a record for Christmas sales in the four weeks to Jan. December rose 11% year over year, the company said on Monday

Next week on Wednesday, Sainsbury reports its festive fate, followed by Tesco a day later

In London, Ocado stocks were 05% higher Tuesday morning, Tesco was up 09% and Morrisons was 01% but Sainsbury’s was 05%

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