1. Aldi to launch shopping delivery trial in Nottingham

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    Aldi has revealed plans to deliver groceries to homes in the UK for the first time through a partnership with Deliveroo.

    The discount supermarket chain said it is launching the trial today at its Daleside Road store in Nottingham before going on to test it at seven other East Midlands stores next month.

    Products will be selected by store workers before being delivered by Deliveroo riders.

    Aldi said the trial will initially only offer a range of essential items such as bread, milk and fresh produce.

    Aldi in Daleside Road, Nottingham

    Giles Hurley, Aldi UK and Ireland chief executive officer, said: "We hope the new trial with Deliveroo will provide more customers with access to great quality, affordable food at Aldi".

    Ajay Lakhwani, Deliveroo's vice-president of new business, said the company was doing everything it could "to make sure that people get the food they need and want during this unprecedented time".

    Deliveroo has also recently extended its grocery delivery service with M&S and linked up with Morrisons to courier food from 130 stores.

  2. Aldi to increase pay

    Shopper outside Aldi

    Discount supermarket Aldi has announced it's set to increase its minimum hourly pay rates from £9.10 to £9.40, and to £10.90 inside the M25.

    That rate will be introduced from 1 February. It exceeds the Living Wage Foundation's recommended rate of £9.30 per hour nationally, and £10.75 in Greater London.

    Its chief executive, Giles Hurley, said: "We have the most efficient and productive workforce, and this is why they earn the highest rates of pay in the grocery sector."

  3. Aldi's Christmas sales 'impressive'

    Aldi store

    Thomas Brereton, retail analyst at GlobalData, calls Aldi's 7.9% increase in sales over the four weeks to 24 December "impressive", but warns that growth rates are likely to slow in the future.

    He points out that "Aldi benefited from a 5-6% expansion in store numbers throughout the year, suggesting a like-for-like sales increase for the period hovering somewhere around the 3% mark; a much more digestible benchmark for the likes of Tesco and Morrisons to aim for".

    "Furthermore, Aldi avoids releasing comparable data across its Christmas periods each year (e.g. last year releasing just seven days), implying the results they do release are the most endearing – and suggesting that this 7.9% growth is likely a brighter version of its overall Christmas performance," he says.

    "So, while Aldi’s focus in 2020/21 appears to be on expanding its under-represented presence in London... Aldi must now face the fact that it can no longer hope to achieve the same domineering double-digit growth it has done over the past decade.''

  4. Christmas cash tills ring for Aldi

    Kevin the Carrot and friend
    Image caption: Kevin the Carrot - Aldi's Christmas mascot - and friend shop for festive delights

    Aldi says that sales hit £1bn for the first time in the four weeks to Christmas Eve.

    The German discount supermarket chain reports that, compared to last year, total sales rose by 7.9%.

    The figures are published as Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and M&S prepare to release their Christmas financials throughout this week.

    One thing to bear in mind - while Aldi's figures are good, growth is slower than in previous years and the company does not release like-for-like sales data which strips out the impact of new stores whereas the UK retailers do.

  5. German discounters gain while Morrisons loses

    Morrisons store

    German discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have taken further market share from the traditional grocers.

    Kantar figures published today for the 12 weeks to the end of September revealed that Morrisons lost the most to its budget rivals.

    Its sales fell 1.7% while Tesco lost 0.6%, Sainsbury's 0.2% and Asda 1.2%.

    Lidl’s sales climbed 8.8% while Aldi’s were up 6.7%.

    Overall UK grocery sales grew 1.0% over the 12 weeks.

    “The increase is slightly behind the equivalent rate last month, against a backdrop of political uncertainty and a persistently wet autumn,” Kantar said.