Aldi and Lidl once again achieved record-breaking growth in the 12 weeks to 30 March, while grocery shares fell overall.The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel revealed a ‘dramatic market slowdown’ across the big four, with share growth of just 0.6%.The figures are distorted by Easter falling late this year, which was included in 2013 data for the same period. Kantar predicted that ‘corrected’ market growth would stand at 1.5%, including 0.9% estimated growth from Easter sales, which would still be low.On the other hand, Aldi reported its highest-ever growth of 35.3%, which boosted it to a record market share of 4.6%. Likewise, Lidl enjoyed a record-breaking month and now accounts for 3.4% of the market.The ‘big four’ supermarkets faced declining sales over the 12-week period, exacerbated by the late falling of Easter. All have experienced share declines, with Asda posting the most resilient performance.Waitrose held on to its record 5% share of the last period while The Co-operative retained its 6.1% share. Frozen food outlet Farmfoods reached a record share of 0.8%.“Amid a challenging market backdrop, individual retailer growth might be expected to be restricted,” said Kantar Worldpanel director Edward Garner.Grocery inflation stands at 1.8% in the 12 weeks to 30 March – its lowest level since July 2010.
In another low-scoring half of Big Ten basketball, the Wisconsin Badgers and the No. 12 Minnesota Gophers haven’t offered many highlights in Saturday’s game so far, with the score knotted at 24-24 after the first 20 minutes.Wisconsin used a 13-2 run in the closing minutes of the first half to grab a 24-21 lead, thanks to four points from Ryan Evans and five consecutive points from Sam Dekker.But, with 1.2 seconds left in the half, Dekker threw a full-court pass from underneath Minnesota’s basket that went out of bounds without any player touching it, giving the Gophers the ball back under their own hoop.After a quick inbounds pass, Andre Hollins went up for a three in the left corner and was fouled by the Badgers’ Evans, much to the dismay of the Kohl Center Crowd.Hollins converted all three, tying the game at 24-24 a piece at the end of the first half.For a majority of the both half the Badgers’ offense looked dead in the water, with little movement and forced shots as the Gophers’ length on defense made passes into the post difficult.Hollins leads all scorers with 11 points, while Evans and Dekker lead the Badgers with eight points each.