Supermarkets in the UK: Market Research Report

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Supermarkets Market Research Report | SIC G47.110 | Jan 2016

Price check: Competition from discount operators puts pressure on the largest firms

IBISWorld’s Supermarkets market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Asda Asda market share
Sainsbury's Sainsbury's market share
Tesco Tesco market share
WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Supermarkets industry has changed radically over the past five years. The lingering effects of the economic downturn, extensive changes in consumer shopping habits and the aggressive expansion of discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have shaken up the industry. In March 2014, Tesco and Morrisons sparked a price war by announcing large price cuts. Asda and Sainsbury's following suit over the year, announcing similar cuts to prices. This price war was primarily designed to stall the advance of discount supermarkets, which have benefited from rising market shares in recent years. Further to these events, the industry's largest company, Tesco, became embroiled in an accounting scandal in mid-2014, which resulted in large-scale management changes within both Tesco and the wider industry... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The past five years have been characterised by a period of extensive change for the Supermarkets industry. The industry has been hindered by the residual effects of the economic downturn, as well as an accounting scandal and the rapid expansion of both discount supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl, and high-end supermarkets, such as Waitrose. The sudden shift in consumer behaviour brought on by the recession accelerated trends already apparent in the industry. These trends led to the four largest supermarkets, which have traditionally dominated the industry, losing market share. In response, the Big Four supermarkets, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, instigated a price war in early 2014 that has continued into the current year... purchase to read more


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What is the Supermarkets Industry?

Supermarkets sell a range of groceries and food, including fruit, vegetables, bread, canned goods, toiletries, dairy goods, alcohol, cleaning products and cigarettes. Off licences, greengrocers and symbol group and non-affiliated independent convenience stores are not included in this industry.

Industry Products
Meat, fish and delicatessen itemsFruit and vegetablesDairy productsBeverages Frozen foodOther foodGeneral merchandise
Industry Activities
Grocery retailingFruit and vegetable retailingBakery product retailingDelicatessen product retailingGeneral merchandise retailing

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