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MarketWatch reports this morning that Tesco's UK market share went up for the third consecutive quarter, rising to 28.3%, from 28% for the period ending December 4 on sales that were up 1.6 percent to the equivalent of $9.4 billion (US).

During the same period, discounters Aldi and Lidl also saw increases - Aldi's was up to 6.2 percent from 5.6 percent, and Lidl's was up to 4.6 percent from 4.4 percent.

On the other hand, Sainsbury's share fell to 15.3 percent from 16.2 percent, Walmart-owned Asda's fell to 15.3 percent from 16.2 percent, William Morrison Supermarkets' market share dropped to 10.8 percent from 11 percent, and Waitrose's remained stagnant at 5.1 percent.

• The New York Times reports this morning that Japanese brewer Asahi Group will spend $7.8 billion to acquire a number of Central and Eastern European beer brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev, including Pilsner Urquell. It is, the Times writes, just "the latest brand shuffle for the rapidly consolidating brewing business."

• The Boston Herald reports that a Dunkin' Donuts in Natick, Massachusetts, is testing a new curbside pickup program: "Customers can place and pay for their orders in advance using Dunkin’s mobile app and select the curbside pickup option. They can then pull their cars into a designated parking spot at the restaurant, and Dunkin’ workers will deliver the orders right to their vehicles ... If the test is successful, Dunkin’ would expand it next year before deciding on a national rollout to restaurants where that kind of service makes sense.
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