Independent retailers are holding their own in the tough economic climate, latest market share data from TNS has revealed.
Independents have kept a 2.8% share of the grocery market despite a slowdown in consumer spending, while many major supermarkets have lost ground, figures for the 12 weeks to May 18 show.
Tesco, Sainsbury's and Somerfield all saw dips in their share of a £120bn market, while Waitrose's share remained stable. Of the supermarkets, only Asda saw a rise, from 16.7% to 16.9%.
The discounters appear to be profiting most from tightening budgets with Aldi enjoying a rise in its market share from 2.5% to 2.8%.