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Bloomberg reports that in the UK, Tesco “accounted for 30.2 percent of grocery purchases in the 12 weeks ended March 18, Kantar said today in a statement, an increase from 29.7 percent reported a month ago, though down from 30.6 percent a year earlier ... Wal-Mart Stores’ Asda chain increased its share to a record 17.9 percent from 17.3 percent a year earlier. The market share of J Sainsbury Plc and William Morrison Supermarkets Plc held steady at 16.6 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively.”

The story says that Aldi “ increased its share of U.K. grocery spending to 2.6 percent from 2.1 percent a year ago. Waitrose, a unit of John Lewis Partnership Plc, boosted its share to 4.4 percent from 4.3 percent.”
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