Supermarkets in the UK: Market Research Report

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Supermarkets Market Research Report | SIC G47.110 | Feb 2015

Super savers: Discount supermarkets cash in as consumers turn to cheaper food options

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 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The economic downturn has had a lasting effect on the Supermarkets industry in the United Kingdom. Given that large supermarkets can buy cheaply and sell at low margins, this means that in some cases supermarkets can actually benefit from poor economic conditions like those that have been prevalent over much of the past five years. This has been particularly evident for discount supermarkets. In March 2014 Tesco and Morrisons sparked a price war by announcing large price cuts, with Asda and Sainsbury's following suit over the past year and announcing similar cuts to prices. This is expected to have a negative influence on industry revenue growth. Consequently, revenue is expected to grow at its slowest rate since 2009-10... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The four major supermarkets that dominate the industry, which are Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons, are expected to account for 65.4% of industry revenue in 2014-15. Of these, Tesco is by far the market leader, claiming a 25.7% 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 61 supermarket chains operating in the United Kingdom are small regional entities, but the 15 largest firms are estimated to control over 87% 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


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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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