Grocery Market Share Ireland - Falling Inflation Impacts Grocery Performance
New grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published today for the 12 weeks ending 18 March 2012, show the grocery market has slid back into decline following four months of modest sales growth.
The latest data shows that the sector has fallen in value by 0.5% when compared with the same period last year.
David Berry, commercial director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “For the past year any growth in the grocery market has been driven by price inflation, which has been running at an average rate of 3.8%. As competition between the main retailers has continued the level of inflation has dropped back over the past four months, with the latest figures showing price inflation of just 1.9%. Although a lower rate of price inflation is good news for shoppers, there is no immediate sign that this is changing their current shopping behaviour.”
Shoppers are continuing to look for ways to control their spending. Trading down to cheaper products remains the best way of achieving this, with shoppers increasingly buying retailer own label goods. This has placed pressure on branded items, which have seen a drop in market share from 54.1% to 52.9% in the past year.
“Among the major retailers, the most noticeable change this month is a strengthened performance from SuperValu, lifting its share from 19.7% to 20%. This coincides with the launch of its comprehensive ‘SuperValu’ own brand range – suggesting this was a good move by the retailer.”
Elsewhere, Aldi continues to post the strongest growth, with sales increasing by just over 20%. Tesco and Lidl also continue to out-perform the market and gain share as a result.
An update on inflation
Grocery inflation is at 1.9% for the 12 weeks ending 18th March 2012.