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Tesco still top in supermarkets

TESCO has solidified its position as the dominant player in the Irish supermarket sector, it was revealed today.

Figures for the 12-week period ending September 30 show the retailer increased its market share to 28.6pc up from 27.8pc a year ago.

But discount retailer Aldi enjoyed the greatest increase in market share, overtaking Superquinn along the way.

Aldi increased its market share by 30pc over the past year, increasing its share of the Irish grocery market to 6pc at the end of September, up from 4.6pc the previous year.

The data from research group Kantar Worldpanel shows the grocery sector going through one of the most radical transformations in decades.

German grocer Aldi is the biggest winner from the trend.

According to Kantar's data, Irish-owned Dunnes Stores is under pressure, losing market share not just to the likes of Aldi but to its main rivals Tesco and SuperValu.