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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 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
Aldi Stores Ltd Aldi Stores Ltd market share
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 Investment Chapter

The Supermarkets industry has a moderate level of capital intensity. Using wages as a proxy for labour and depreciation costs for capital, IBISWorld estimates that for every £1.00 spent on labour, industry operators spend 22p 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... 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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