Lidl Contributes 179m to the NI Economy JP Scally Neil McCullough Conor Boyle


  • £290m of local products purchased in 2018, most of which is exported to GB and ROI
  • 3,500 jobs supported through Lidl operations, including 880 employed directly by Lidl NI
  • Average annual sales rising by four times the NI retail average since 2008
  • £17m paid in salaries at rates approximately 30% higher than the NI retail average

Lidl Northern Ireland contributes almost £180 million to the local economy every year and sustains around 3,500 jobs according to results of an independent report specially commissioned by the region’s fastest-growing supermarket.

With 38 stores and more than 880 employees, Lidl Northern Ireland has powered through two decades of growth with its high quality, low price proposition since it opened its first store in Cookstown in 1999. Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the company commissioned Oxford Economics to directly examine its growing impact and capture its value to the local economy.

In addition to £179 million generated within the region from the retailer’s local operations, last year Lidl Northern Ireland also procured more than £290 million of goods, the majority of which was sold to stores outside the region, boosting exports and its support for the local agri-food sector, the analysis by Oxford Economics confirmed.

In 2018, Lidl Northern Ireland was responsible for sustaining an estimated 3,500 local jobs through its combined store-based activity, local purchasing power and direct consumer spend. Reflecting its strong growth, its store turnover has also been growing at a record 7.5 percent annually since 2008 and at a rate more than four times greater than the annual NI retail average.

Almost a third of Lidl’s NI turnover was generated within the Belfast and the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon districts – the two largest council areas by population.