Third time lucky as I tried to park at Lidl

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Sir, In your report “Tesco sales ‘stabilising’ as no-frills growth slows” (December 17), you quote analyst James Anstead as noting that the recent slowing in discounters’ sales could be due to “good reasons” (such as the major grocers eventually starting to gain ground), or “less good reasons” (such as discounters’ growth limited by lack of capacity). Twice last week I was prevented from shopping at Lidl due to its car park being full. Indeed, on the second occasion there was even a queue to get into the car park. My eventual course of action was to return the next day for first opening — 8am. By 8.30 I was done, and the car park was full.

Martin Hewes

Haslemere, Surrey, UK

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