Waitrose gross sales fall as consumers stop for rivals Sainsbury’s and M&S

Waitrose suffers a nightmare earlier than Christmas as consumers stop for rivals Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer

Waitrose is going through a Christmas nightmare because it haemorrhages consumers to rival supermarkets reminiscent of Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer.

The John Lewis-owned chain noticed gross sales fall 1.9 per cent to £1.4billion within the three months to October 30, based on market analysis group Kantar.

Gross sales have been falling for nearly a yr and a half – taking Waitrose’s share of the UK grocery market down to only 4.7 per cent. It was 5.1 per cent a bit over a yr in the past.

Waitrose noticed gross sales fall 1.9% to £1.4bn within the three months to October 30, based on market analysis group Kantar

Waitrose was certainly one of simply two grocers to undergo a drop in gross sales for the quarter. The opposite was Morrisons, which has struggled since its disastrous personal fairness takeover final yr.

Morrisons, knocked out of its long-held spot because the UK’s fourth largest grocer in September, noticed gross sales tumble 4.6 per cent to £2.7billion within the three months to the top of October.

Different massive grocers – Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda – managed to develop gross sales over the quarter regardless of an onslaught from Aldi and Lidl.

The German discounters have picked up hundreds of thousands of consumers seeking to lower the price of a weekly store amid a squeeze on dwelling requirements.

Tesco gross sales rose 3.1 per cent to £8.2billion, Sainsbury’s gross sales had been up 3.3 per cent to £4.5billion and Asda gross sales jumped 5.3 per cent to £4.3billion.

Aldi was the quickest rising grocer over the interval, with gross sales leaping 22.7 per cent to £2.8billion, so it now accounts for 9.2 per cent of the UK grocery market. And Lidl gross sales had been up 21.5 per cent at £2.2billion, giving it a 7.2 per cent slice of the market.

Kantar’s Fraser McKevitt mentioned: ‘With financial forecasters warning of a possible recession, it is price reflecting on how a lot the grocery panorama has modified because the 2008 monetary crash.

‘We’ve seen an increase out there share of the discounters Aldi and Lidl, which collectively now stands at 16.4 per cent, versus 4.4 per cent 14 years in the past.’

Shore Capital retail analyst Clive Black mentioned Waitrose’s falling gross sales are ‘particularly worrying’ presently of yr. 

He mentioned: ‘Forward of Christmas you suppose Waitrose matches right into a groove of individuals eager to deal with themselves and purchase one thing particular.’

And Black identified that gross sales fell at the same time as meals costs had been rising at a fee of 14.7 per cent, that means Waitrose noticed an enormous drop in general demand.

Black mentioned it appears like M&S and Sainsbury’s are ‘consuming Waitrose’s lunch’.

And he pointed to ‘operational challenges’ at Waitrose, which have left cabinets empty.

The Sunday Occasions reported Waitrose has been blighted by product shortages because the bungled introduction of a inventory administration system. Its enterprise useful resource planning system corrupted its information.

However Waitrose boss James Bailey hit again yesterday, telling the Mail: ‘We aren’t any higher or worse than the competitors. Would we prefer it to be higher? Sure, after all we’d.

‘However all the pieces I’ve seen says now we have roughly the identical availability as everybody else.’

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