UK discount stores boom

Adrian Holliday

Wilkinson, Pound Stretcher, 99p Stores. They're all booming, according to new research from retail trade magazine The Grocer. It's not hard to understand why: food inflation continues to hurt, as do fuel and energy prices.

Meanwhile supermarket cheapies like Aldi and Lidl continue to eat into the market share of players like Tesco. Are UK shoppers just plain cheap?