1. Lidl increases hourly wages

    Lidl shopping bags

    Discount supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it is raising hourly wages for its 19,000 employees.

    From March 2020, employees will be paid £9.30 an hour instead of £9 outside London, and £10.75 instead of £10.55 within the M25 area.

    Some employees will be paid up to £11.70 depending on their location and length of service.

    Lidl says that the investment into wages will cost it £10m and that wages have increased by over 30% across the last five years.

  2. Supermarket chain plans new store in Carlisle

    The discount foodstore, Lidl, wants to build another store in Carlisle.

    It has submitted an application for outline planning permission for a site off Warwick Road.

    Site chosen by Lidl

    The Environment Agency's flood map shows that it is within an area at risk of flooding, opposite the Victoria Road junction.

    About 40 people are expected to be employed at the store.

  3. 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.

  4. Big four supermarkets' sales fall


    Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons all saw sales drop in the three months to 11 August, according to data from research firm Kantar.

    Morrisons recorded the biggest fall of 2.7% followed by Tesco.

    Supermarket data
    Image caption: New data shows a decline in market share compared to the three months to 12 August

    Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, says: “The memory of last year still looms large for retailers and this summer’s comparatively poor weather, combined with low levels of like-for-like price rises, have made growth hard to find for retailers".

    In contrast, the German discounters Aldi and Lidl made big gains, with sales up 6.2% and 7.7% respectively.

    Mr McKevitt said Lidl was boosted by opening new stores as well as a drive to persuade customers to do their "big shop" at its supermarkets.

    He said the average basket spend is now nearly £19, 3% higher than last year, "though still significantly lower than the £22.65 average spend at the big four".

  5. Discount supermarkets make Plymouth and Torbay plans

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A new Aldi store at Plympton is set for approval despite concerns about its impact on local shops.

    The store chain has come up with revised road upgrades and new information on local shopping habits after a decision was deferred in March.

    Plymouth city councillors are now being recommended to allow the scheme in the overflow car park of Chaplin’s in Galileo Close.

    Lidl and Aldi signs

    Meanwhile, rival discount supermarket Lidl is going ahead with plans to reopen a closed Waitrose store in Torquay.

    The German-owned retailer has lodged a planning application to convert the supermarket in St Marychurch Road, which would be the chain’s second branch in Torquay as it already has an outlet in Newton Road which it plans to keep open, it has confirmed.

    More than 200 jobs were lost with the closure of the Waitrose stores in Torquay and Teignmouth earlier this year.