Independent stores have grown ahead of the overall grocery market for the first time since January last year, Kantar WorldPanel figures have revealed.

Symbol and independent stores have recorded a 3.5% growth in customer spend, from £507m for the 12 weeks to 28 February last year, to £525m for the same time period to 26 February this year.

The figures also reveal supermarket sales grew at their fastest rate since June 2014 – up by 2.3% compared to the same time last year.

The report highlights the proportion of groceries sold on promotion continues to decline, falling to 34.3% during the past 12 weeks – its lowest level since October 2009.