Figures published today (14 January) show Tesco held its market share at 27.8%, with sales growth of 0.9% for the 12 weeks to 23 December.
Dunnes managed to increase its supermarket share by 0.4% to 23.9%, behind Tesco, with sales growth of 1.9% – well ahead of the market growth rate of 0.3%.
“The strong performance of Dunnes comes after a prolonged period of under-performance, with market share hitting a low point of 21.4% in September,” said Kantar commercial director David Berry. “The boost in share over Christmas has regained some of this lost ground and places the retailer in a more competitive position for 2013.”
Elsewhere, SuperValu also both performed broadly in line with the market, according to Kantar, but its market share dipped slightly to 19.5% from 19.8%.
Aldi and Lidl achieved a combined 12.6% market share in October, with this dipping to 11.9% in the latest month.
Grocery inflation stood at 5% in the period, an increase on the 4.2% recorded last period and the highest since the 5.6% seen in May 2011.