BUSINESS LIVE: Cost-of-living crisis drives record Aldi UK sales


BUSINESS LIVE: Cost-of-living crisis drives record Aldi UK sales

The FTSE 100 will open at 8am. Among the companies with reports and trading updates today are Aldi UK, Aviva and Entain. Read the Monday 25 September Business Live blog below.

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Marks & Spencer to sell Adidas and Sweaty Betty online

Marks & Spencer has teamed up with Adidas and Sweaty Betty as it extends its ‘brands’ strategy.

More than 150 products across the two sportswear brands will launch on M&S’ dedicated Sports Edit platform in early October.

M&S is hoping to drive online growth by selling third party brands, with upcoming additions including Columbia, Regatta and Sorel.

Cost-of-living crisis drives record Aldi UK sales

Aldi UK delivered record sales of £15.5billion last year, reflecting growth of 17.1 per cent, as the German discounter benefited from the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

The business said it would invest £1.4billion in the two-year period to the end of 2024.

Giles Hurley, chief executive of Aldi UK and Ireland, said:

‘Although inflation is easing, households are still under real pressure from higher living costs. As a result, Britain is shopping very differently to how it did 18 months ago – fewer trips, more own label products, and switching supermarkets in search of better value.

‘What we’re seeing is a new generation of savvy shoppers who’ve turned their back on traditional, full-price supermarkets in favour of transparent, low prices, which is what we’re famous for. That’s why we’re still welcoming more and more customers through our doors – people who come to us for our low prices but stay for the award-winning quality of our exclusive brands.

‘Shoppers know they’ll always get more for their money at Aldi. That’s a promise we’ve kept for more than 30 years.’