List of supermarkets
Supermarkets in the United Kingdom
The UK supermarket sector is dominated by Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons, and Sainsbury's, which are the only chains which operate full scale superstores of 40,000 square feet (3,700 m²) or more. They are all fully national; there are no regional supermarket chains left in the United Kingdom which operate superstores, just a few small ones which operate smaller stores. The "Big 4" had a combined share of 74.4% of the UK grocery market in the 12 weeks to 24 April 2005 according to retail analysts TNS Superpanel.
Somerfield is the fifth largest United Kingdom food retailer, but it does not operate superstores. In February 2005, the Baugur Group, which is already the controlling minority shareholder of the Big Food Group, parent company of Iceland, made a takeover proposal for Somerfield. At least one other party has since made a counter offer.
Marks and Spencer and Waitrose are the most upmarket national supermarket chains (although the former is also the UK's largest clothing retailer, and is often not perceived as a supermarket at all). They trade from medium and small sized stores.
List of current British supermarket chains
List of defunct British supermarket chains
For supermarkets worldwide see List of supermarkets.
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