Safeway is now number three supermarket in its traditional stronghold of Scotland as Tesco and Asda battle it out for top slot.
Latest TNS Superpanel data on till roll share of grocers in Scotland shows Asda has taken over Safeway's number two slot, and is closing on Tesco.
Safeway, with 115 Scottish stores, had a 20.8% market share for the 52 weeks to May 25, 2003, down from 21.3% the year before.
Meanwhile Tesco, with 78 Scottish stores, had a 24.3% cut of the market, up 1.1%. Asda, with only 34 Scottish stores, had a 23.1% market share for the year, up 1.8% on the year.
Tesco's store opening schedule will keep it at number one in Scotland said a spokeswoman. "We are committed to investing in stores and services, like home shopping in Scotland. Tesco.com will be rolled out as new stores open," she said.
Tesco plans to open a store in Shettleston in early July, and stores in Dundee Kingsway and Cumbernauld later in 2003.
Planning applications are pending for seven other new stores in Scotland.