Supermarkets in the UK: Market Research Report

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Supermarkets Market Research Report | SIC G47.110 | Nov 2013

Good value: Supermarkets branch out and use own-labels to keep revenue healthy

IBISWorld’s Supermarkets market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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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 the past five years.

Over the five years through 2013-14, industry operators have exploited the fact that consumers wanted to minimise their spending and taken revenue from independent convenience stores, department stores and specialised food retailers... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

For every pound spent on labour in the Supermarkets industry, 20p is spent on capital. Even though wages absorb a relatively small slice of total revenue, capital is not a major expense either, since there is little need for equipment beyond a small quantity of lifting equipment and in-store checkout equipment.

Wages in the industry are low primarily due to the low skill requirements of its staff. Most employees operate checkouts, provide customer service or restock empty shelves. Average wages have remained relatively stagnant in real terms for some time, as there have been no significant changes to the industry's service offerings or changes in the regulatory environment regarding the pay of the industry's workforce... 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 covered.

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

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