UK and Ireland discount one minute update

Date : 24 August 2020

Lucy Ingram

Retail Analyst

We look at the latest news from the discount channel in UK and Ireland.

Lidl Ireland reaches €2bn sales

Lidl's turnover in Ireland has reached over €2bn, according to The Irish Times. The discounter has over 200 stores in Ireland, 40 of which are in Northern Ireland. By the end of 2020 Lidl is looking to open a further 11 stores and refit or extend a another 12. It also plans to open a new distribution centre in Mulligner in 2022, at a cost of €75m.

Aldi expands online range to include nappies

Aldi has begun selling nappies online for the first time, as a monthly Specialbuys bundle. We are increasingly seeing the discounter evolve its ecommerce service, adding more products to the range and expanding its partnership with Deliveroo, as it looks to satisfy the increasing demands of shoppers.

For subscribers looking for more insight, read our Online: discount's biggest challenge? report and find out more about how we expect Aldi and Lidl to develop their online proposition in the future.

Poundland homeware shop-in-shops

Variety discounter Poundland will be rolling out its new PEP&CO homeware range this week to all its stores across the UK and Ireland. The new range includes soft furnishings, ornaments and home decor. It builds on the retailer's continued evolution towards a bigger range that serves more shopper missions. Most recently this included a new free-from grocery range and an expansion of the entertainment and stationery range.

We expect to see continued innovation from the variety discounters as they look to appeal to a broader shopper base, to aid growth in the increasingly competitive value segment.

Looking for more insight?

Subscribers can now see our UK channel opportunities: 2020-2022 report which includes a detailed view of the growth expected in the discount channel, the short term trends we have seen and the longer term challenges.

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