Lidl spending to create 2,500 jobs

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Lidl has announced plans to open another 20 stores by the end of the year Lidl has announced plans to open another 20 stores by the end of the year

Discounter Lidl ramped up pressure on the major supermarkets today by announcing it will spend £220 million on 20 new stores, creating 2,500 jobs.

The move will take the German discount chain, backed by parent company Schwarz Group, from 600 UK stores to 620 by the end of this year.

This new investment comes on the back of £170 million spent in the UK in 2013, with 12 new stores and the creation of an additional 3,500 jobs.

Discounters such as Lidl and Aldi have grown their market shares as household budgets have tightened and forced the four major supermarkets - Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda - into a price war.

Earlier this month Lidl hit a record market share of 3.6% driven by its highest ever year-on-year growth of 22.7%, according to the latest till-roll figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

In comparison, the country's largest supermarket Tesco, saw its market share decline to 29% from 30.5%, while its sales slipped 3.1% from a year ago.

Lidl said the new jobs it plans to create will range from head office jobs at its headquarters in Wimbledon to in-store posts such as bakery managers.

In the year to February 28, Lidl saw its UK sales increase 20% to £3.3 billion.

The business has said it eventually wants to open 1,500 shops in the UK.

Ronny Gottschlich, Lidl UK's managing director, said: "This latest phase in our growth is a testament to the continuing success of Lidl in the UK."

Chancellor George Osborne said: "It's great news that Lidl is investing in thousands of new jobs across the UK."

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10:39am Fri 27 Jun 14

cosmick says...

No gain here here because the other supermarkets will cut jobs. This is just jobs going round in circles.
No gain here here because the other supermarkets will cut jobs. This is just jobs going round in circles. cosmick
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10:54am Fri 27 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

cosmick wrote:
No gain here here because the other supermarkets will cut jobs. This is just jobs going round in circles.
The increased competition from lidl & aldi etc. has got the fat cats at Tesco quaking in there boots.

I agree there will be a reduction in jobs simply because the cheapo shop model is more efficient, they throw the stuff at you as you leave to get the money quicker. (Fewer till, fewer staff)

So, you quite literally pay your money and take your choice.

What we don't need is over capacity in the market place as this reduces efficiency, this I fear is a very real possibility.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: No gain here here because the other supermarkets will cut jobs. This is just jobs going round in circles.[/p][/quote]The increased competition from lidl & aldi etc. has got the fat cats at Tesco quaking in there boots. I agree there will be a reduction in jobs simply because the cheapo shop model is more efficient, they throw the stuff at you as you leave to get the money quicker. (Fewer till, fewer staff) So, you quite literally pay your money and take your choice. What we don't need is over capacity in the market place as this reduces efficiency, this I fear is a very real possibility. hectorplain
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11:26am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

ALDI & Lidl are already larger than the other major players, if you take into account the whole planet.
The only fly in the ointment is Asda's parent company Walmart, but they don't appear to be doing much in the way of expansion, so I think "The Main Four" will continue to lose market share, to the more successful German rivals.
ALDI & Lidl are already larger than the other major players, if you take into account the whole planet. The only fly in the ointment is Asda's parent company Walmart, but they don't appear to be doing much in the way of expansion, so I think "The Main Four" will continue to lose market share, to the more successful German rivals. Dilligaf2010
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2:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

cosmick says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
ALDI & Lidl are already larger than the other major players, if you take into account the whole planet.
The only fly in the ointment is Asda's parent company Walmart, but they don't appear to be doing much in the way of expansion, so I think "The Main Four" will continue to lose market share, to the more successful German rivals.
I did not know they were German .
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: ALDI & Lidl are already larger than the other major players, if you take into account the whole planet. The only fly in the ointment is Asda's parent company Walmart, but they don't appear to be doing much in the way of expansion, so I think "The Main Four" will continue to lose market share, to the more successful German rivals.[/p][/quote]I did not know they were German . cosmick
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8:09pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

cosmick wrote:
Dilligaf2010 wrote:
ALDI & Lidl are already larger than the other major players, if you take into account the whole planet.
The only fly in the ointment is Asda's parent company Walmart, but they don't appear to be doing much in the way of expansion, so I think "The Main Four" will continue to lose market share, to the more successful German rivals.
I did not know they were German .
You learn a new thing every day ;-) ALDI is 6 years older than Tesco too
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: ALDI & Lidl are already larger than the other major players, if you take into account the whole planet. The only fly in the ointment is Asda's parent company Walmart, but they don't appear to be doing much in the way of expansion, so I think "The Main Four" will continue to lose market share, to the more successful German rivals.[/p][/quote]I did not know they were German .[/p][/quote]You learn a new thing every day ;-) ALDI is 6 years older than Tesco too Dilligaf2010
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