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Store joy as Tesco sales into the lead.


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 has officially become Scotland's top supermarket operator - beating arch rival Safeway in the sales charts.

Tesco claimed it had narrowly overtaken Safeway for the first time on sales in November.

Now new industry figures for 2001 - to be published this morning - show Tesco took most at the tills during the last 12 months. As a result Safeway has lost the No1 position it held for the last decade.

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 a fresh round of cut-throat trolley trolley: see streetcar.  wars in Scotland as the rivals battle for a bigger share of the pounds 9billion a year grocery market.

Official figures show Tesco took a 20.7 per cent market share during 2001 - nearly one per cent ahead of Safeway which has slipped back to 19.8 per cent. Asda is lagging Lagging

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 behind on 17.2 per cent.

Tesco pledged to "fight hard" to hold on to its lead.

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 said: "The increased commitment to our Scottish shoppers in our 74 stores over the past months has clearly paid off."

But Safeway - currently in the middle of a pounds 100million expansion of their 114-strong Scottish store network - promised to give Tesco "a huge fight".

And a spokeswoman said: "Scotland is a vitally important market for us, accounting for a fifth of all sales across the UK, worth pounds 1.8 billion a year.

"We are not going to make it easy for our rivals."

The Scottish Grocery Federation said shoppers should benefit from price cuts in the store wars.

A spokesman said: "Supermarkets are huge money making machines and the pressure to cut prices to win market share can only intensify in·ten·si·fy  
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 21, 2002
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