Aldi bypasses Waitrose in supermarket leaderboard

first_imgGerman discounter Aldi has leapfrogged Waitrose in the leaderboard to become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket. Following double-digit sales growth for the past four years, Aldi now holds 5.3% of the market in the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 29 March 2015.More than half a million new shoppers have chosen to visit Aldi this year and average basket sizes have increased by 7%. Its sales have risen by 16.8% in the latest period, which is still high in comparison to other retailers, but slower relative to its recent performance.Lidl and Waitrose were the only other retailers to grow sales ahead of the market and increase their market shares in the latest period. Waitrose’s sales were up 2.9% compared with this time last year and accounted for 5.1% of the market. Its sales have been in growth since March 2009.Lidl saw 12.1% sales growth in this period, giving it a 3.7% share of the market.Meanwhile. Sainsbury’s is back in growth (0.2%) for the first time since August 2014 after bringing in more shoppers. This has slowed the rate at which it is losing market share, which stands at 16.4%, down 0.1 percentage points.Tesco also grew sales, up 0.3%, while Asda and Morrisons declined by 1.1% and 0.7% respectively.Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight, said: “The changing structure of Britain’s supermarket landscape is illustrated by two facts. Firstly, the so-called discounters, Aldi and Lidl, now command a combined 9% share of the market. In 2012 the same two retailers only accounted for 5.4% of grocery sales. Secondly, the 72.8% share taken by the biggest four retailers is now at its lowest level in a decade.”last_img read more

Ara Parseghian

first_imgAra Parseghian passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 94.  The Hall of Fame coach won two National Championships while coaching at Notre Dame.  Ara is one of the many coaches to receive his training at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.He was at Notre Dame for 11 seasons.  Probably only Knute Rockne had more success than Ara while coaching at Notre Dame.  No matter how many wins Parseghian wound up with, he is most remembered as a great humanitarian.  Simply put, he was definitely one of the “good guys”.last_img

Pedro has all the skills to succeed in the Premier League, insists Fernando Torres

first_imgFernando Torres insists Pedro has all the skills needed to succeed in the Premier League.The Barcelona forward, who scored the winner in the Catalan club’s Super Cup success on Tuesday, has been linked with a move to Manchester United and has said the switch would be a “nice challenge”.If he does move, former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Torres is adamant the 28-year-old will prove a valuable addition to any side.“He is a good friend, and if he decides that England is the next step in his career, I am sure he will do very well there,” said the Atletico Madrid striker.“He has all the ability you would expect from a player who has been at Barcelona for so many years, but also he has a great work ethic.”He works hard, he will help defend, he won’t be bullied, he has everything to succeed in the Premier League. ” “I think he will find it very hard to leave Barcelona, but I understand as much as anybody how important it is to be playing regularly — especially once you reach a certain age. You need to be at a club where you are playing a lot of football.”United are said to be willing to meet the £22 million release clause in Pedro’s contract and the forward did not refute and of the rumours. “Manchester?” he said. “Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides.“Today I’m here [at Barcelona], and I’m happy. And if I go, I will go with my head held high having always given everything. These fans and this club are incredible.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Guardiola sorry to have derailed Pellegrini’s final days at City

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has apologised if the early announcement of his arrival at Manchester City in 2016 destabilised his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini’s attempt to win the quadruple.Pellegrini will bring his West Ham side to Manchester on Wednesday, making his first visit to the Etihad for a match since City sacked him to make space for Guardiola.The Chilean confirmed in February 2016, three months before his departure, that he was being replaced, and City, who were still in contention to win four trophies at that point, picked up only seven points from the seven league matches that followed.They did win the League Cup that season, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, but needed a draw at Swansea on the final day of the campaign to secure fourth place.Pellegrini acknowledged in May 2016 that his decision to announce his departure contributed to City’s subsequent loss of form, saying that “something was broken in that moment”.Guardiola, who joined City from Bayern Munich, said he was unaware that his impending arrival caused such instability.“I don’t know. He can answer that. I was in Munich, so I don’t know what happened in the locker room and what the reason why is,” he said.“But if it was the reason — I think nobody can know it — I’m sorry and I apologise. Everybody was honest to tell Manuel what was happening, but really it’s a question for Manuel.”– ‘I didn’t build City’ –Pellegrini won the Premier League and the League Cup in the first of his three seasons at City, and his role in the club’s rise was acknowledged by Guardiola.“Of course, all the players I have in my hands now were with other managers and they learned a lot from that –- and I benefit from that.“In the past decade, they were involved with (Roberto) Mancini and Manuel and myself, with all the staff and all the players, we have created Manchester City. “I didn’t build it. I didn’t create it. Many incredible players and managers, everybody, did something.“I hope we can leave something for the next manager to do that. That’s the best we can do for other managers, leave something for the club -– and, of course, I got something with what Manuel did here.”One of the most important signings City made under Pellegrini was Raheem Sterling, who scored the decisive kick as Chelsea were beaten in a penalty shoot-out in Sunday’s League Cup final.Sterling has scored 15 goals this season, including the 90th-minute winner in the 3-2 Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Schalke on February 20.And Guardiola was impressed by the 24-year-old’s bravery to take the deciding spot-kick against Chelsea.“I cannot anticipate how far his career will go. But I admire the fact that, in Sunday’s situation, he took responsibility,” he said.“The fact he said he wanted to hit the last penalty or even the first one, or take that responsibility, that means a lot.“Of course, he helps us a lot, but he will retire and say: ‘I took responsibility and I was brave with courage in the big moments’.“These kinds of players are judged on these kinds of actions. In basketball, the last seconds, who is the taker in the last action? That makes the difference.“The penalty in the final of the World Cup, who’s the taker? So that is what makes the difference -– to have the feeling that, when everyone has doubts, says: ‘I am going to do that’. That is massive.” FILE PHOTO: Pep Guardiolacenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju breaks his silence about bad blood between Mary Kom and…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@KirenRijiju)/SportstarAdvertisement 8qv4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs428Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5us90n( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 64rwWould you ever consider trying this?😱m3wxCan your students do this? 🌚33bd9eRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the circle of boxing in the country, there has been an ongoing feud off the ring, between the legendary MC Mary Kom, and the rising star Nikhat Zareen. In the past few months, the two boxers have been on a cold war against each other. Now Kiren Rijiju, the Minister of Sports has finally opened up on the ongoing tussle between two pugilists.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@KirenRijiju)/SportstarZareen, the flyweight boxer from Nizamabad had earlier made a request to the sports minister through a formal tweet and an official letter for her trial against Mary for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.“Too much of issues are created on this! Mary Kom is a legend who has achieved what no other boxer has ever achieved in the World Amateur Boxing.” Rijiju posted on his official Twitter handle.Advertisement Although at first the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) did not organise the match, Zareen finally had her go against the Six times AIBA World Boxing Champion last saturday.“Nikhat Zareen is an amazing boxer who has the potential to follow the footsteps of Mary Kom. India is proud of both of them. Period,” Rijiju added.Advertisement Mary won the bout 9-1, but the match ended in a dismay, as Mary rejected Zareen as she tried to hug her. Even after that, they did not shake hands either.Mary’s gesture made a dent on Zareen’s spirit. “It was very new for me. I never expected that she will get so angry at me for going on Twitter and writing a letter to the sports minister. If she is taking all that personally that’s her choice, I can’t comment on that.” the 23 year old told IANS.“I was fighting for a fair trial. I was fighting against the system, not Mary Kom or the federation. I was saying that there should be a proper trial before every competition. That’s it.” Zareen added.However, Mary had spoken about her reasons for her behaviour towards Zareen. In the post match interview, she told PTI: “I am also a human being, I can also get irritated. Can’t I get angry when my credentials are questioned?”“If she wants others to respect her then she should first respect others. I don’t like people with such nature. Just prove your point inside the ring, not outside.” Mary added.Also read-Nikhat Zareen demands trial against Mary Kom to be televised in interest of fairnessSports Minister Kiren Rijiju responds to Nikhat Zareen’s plea to have a trial bout against Mary Kom for Tokyo 2020 selection Advertisementlast_img read more