Aldi to surge past Waitrose to become UK’s sixth largest supermarket

It’s a supermarket sweep for Aldi and fellow budget supermarket chain Lidl, as the discount stores continue their siege of the British grocery market.

Aldi is now poised to take Waitrose down a peg by growing its customer base to steal sixth place in the UK’s largest supermarket list.

Despite strong growth from Waitrose which has a market share of 4.9%, Aldi’s rapid gains mean the discount store’s 4.8% market share will soon outstrip the upmarket contender.

Meanwhile, Lidl is also booming, with sales up by 19.5%.

The strides made by Lidl and Aldi come chiefly at the expense of Tesco and Morrisons, the worst performing supermarkets in the UK. Sales at Tesco, the UK’s biggest grocery retailer fell by 3.8% over the last 12 weeks.

The figures have emerged following Tesco’s announcement of the replacement of chief executive Philip Clarke with Dave Lewis.

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