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Tesco and Morrisons see sales fall

PUBLISHED: 12:21 09 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 09 January 2014

Photo credit: Ali Waggie/PA Wire

Photo credit: Ali Waggie/PA Wire

Morrisons and Tesco today reported sharp declines in sales after a “very challenging” Christmas for the supermarket sector.

Industry leader Tesco said like-for-like sales were down 2.4pc in the six weeks to January 4, while a fall of 5.6pc at Morrisons led the Bradford-based chain to warn that profits will be short of some City hopes.

Morrisons said consumers had been managing their budgets very tightly and were shopping across a range of formats and retailers.

The latest downbeat figures from the sector come amid recent market share gains for discount rivals Aldi and Lidl.

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