Discount supermarket chain Netto is to make up to 12 staff redundant across its property and distribution teams.

A spokesperson for the chain said: ‘We have announced the possibility of up to 12 redundancies across our total workforce of 3,700 people. The small, but regrettable, number of jobs losses will be in property and distribution.’

Despite the cuts, it said it still intended to ‘grow store numbers by more than 10% in 2009.

‘We will be speeding up our work and investment on renovations and re-fits to our existing estate of 191 supermarkets,’ she said.

The news follows the results of consumer researchers, TNS Worldpanel, which highlighted the growth of discount supermarkets such as Netto.

The research found that the total discounter sector (which comprises Aldi, Lidl and Netto) now represents a record 6.2% of the grocery market share for the 12 weeks ending 2 November 2008.