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German retailer Aldi has made it into the top five group of UK supermarkets for the first time, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel.

The cut-price grocer now has a 6.2 per cent market share, a nose ahead of Co-op’s 6 per cent.

Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said:

Just a decade ago Aldi was the UK’s tenth largest food retailer, accounting for less than 2% of the grocery market. Underpinned by an extensive programme of store openings, the past quarter has seen Aldi attract 826,000 more shoppers than during the same period last year.

Despite this, Co-op’s sales rose by 2 per cent in the three months to the end of January, compared to the same period a year ago, well ahead of much of the top-flight competition.

On the weighty matter of the UK’s Great Courgette Crisis of 2017, Kantar added:

11 million households buy courgettes annually, but supply issues contributed to 759,000 fewer shoppers buying them this January – that’s a 31% drop in spending compared with the same month last year. Sales of spinach also fell by 12%, in a clear sign that the poor weather in southern Europe has had a tangible impact on British shopping baskets.

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