Supermarkets in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Supermarkets Market Research Report | SIC G47.110 | Sep 2014

Cashing in: Online portals, self-service stations and own-labels continue to attract custom

IBISWorld’s Supermarkets market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
Purchase to read more
Purchase to read more
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The performance of supermarkets is dependent on consumers' incomes and their willingness to spend. Many of the products they sell are considered non-discretionary – the kind of spending that consumers are unlikely to abandon unless faced with severe poverty. Given that large supermarkets can buy cheaply and sell at low margins, this means supermarkets can actually benefit from poor economic conditions like those that have been prevalent over much of the past five years.

Over the five years through 2014-15, industry operators have exploited the fact that consumers have wanted to minimise their spending and have taken revenue from independent convenience stores, department stores and specialised food retailers... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

Four major supermarkets dominate the industry: Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons account for 67.2% of industry revenue. Of these, Tesco is by far the market leader, claiming a 26.7% market share. Over the five years through 2014-15, the top four players have lost market share to smaller supermarkets. The vast majority of the other 61 supermarket chains operating in the United Kingdom are small regional entities, but the 15 largest firms are estimated to control over 95% of industry revenue.

There have been several mergers and acquisitions in the past decade. Morrisons' purchase of Safeway was the most prominent, but the Co-operative Group has also been absorbing small players... purchase to read more


Industry ProductsRelated ReportsTable of Contents

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

View Sample
Select Clients