Discounters Aldi and Lidl continue to set the pace in Irish grocery retailing, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Figures published today (29 April) show Aldi and Lidl posted 28.5% and 7.3% increases in sales for the 12 weeks to 14 April. The performance meant the German discounters combined market share in Ireland is at its highest-ever level.

“Aldi and Lidl hold a combined 13.1% record share of the grocery market,” said David Berry, commercial director at Kantar Worldpanel. “Both retailers have succeeded in recruiting more shoppers while also encouraging existing customers to spend more.”

Berry said the performance of the two discounters has placed “significant competitive pressure” on other retailers in Ireland, where grocery sales were up 1% during the period.

Tesco, Ireland’s largest grocery retailer, saw sales fall 0.9%. Its market share fell from 28.2% to 27.7%.

Dunnes Stores sales inched up 0.4%, meaning its market share dipped from 22.6% a year ago to 22.5%.

Food inflation was 5.3% during the period inder review, indicating grocery volumes in Ireland fell. However, food inflation in February was 5.8%.