Supermarkets in the UK: Market Research Report

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

Price check: Industry revenue is likely to remain under pressure from strong competition

IBISWorld’s Supermarkets market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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, combined with extensive change in consumer shopping habits and the aggressive expansion of discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl, has shaken up an industry that was previously somewhat docile. 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 price cuts. This price war is primarily aimed at stalling the advance of discount supermarkets whose market shares has surged in recent years... 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 66.9% of industry revenue in 2015-16. Of these, Tesco is by far the market leader, claiming a 27.3% market share. Over the five years through 2015-16, the top four players have lost market share to discount and premium supermarkets. The vast majority of the 61 supermarket chains operating in the United Kingdom are small regional entities, but the 10 largest firms are estimated to control over 87.5% 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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