The good life: Revenue rises as the number of deaths and disposable income increase

Operators in the Funeral Activities industry provide a range of funeral-related services, including cemetery, crematorium, embalming and undertaker services. The essential nature of services provided by the industry means that demand is relatively price inelastic, and revenue growth is primarily tied to the death rate in Ireland. Ireland's ageing and expanding population has therefore provided a solid platform for industry growth over the past five years. This has also been supported by a rise in disposable income levels, which have given families more money to spend on funeral services. Over the five years through 2019, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.8%, including forecast growth of 5.1% in the current year, to reach €222 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising income levels and a growing population have supported industry revenue growth
  • Changes to funding for low-income families have limited industry revenue growth
  • Prepaid funeral plans are expected to become more popular over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The share of industry establishments located in each region broadly follows the regional spread of deaths in Ireland. Each region's share of establishments is therefore very close to its respective share of the Irish population. Dublin accounts for the largest share of industry establishments, at an expected 22.4% in 2019. The region is home to over one-quarter of the Irish population, and also has the highest level of disposable income per capita, meaning families are often able to spend more on funerals in the region. Two of the major funeral home operators in Ireland, Fanagans Funeral Directors and Massey Brothers, are exclusively based around the Dublin City and Greater Dublin area. The South-West is expected to account for 16.8% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Funeral Activities Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Funeral Activities Industry are

  • Access to the necessary amount of land/type of property
  • Having a good reputation
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of deaths and Net Disposable Income Per Capita in the Funeral Activities industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Funeral Activities in Ireland Industry?

    This industry consists of businesses that manage the burial or cremation of humans and animals, including the sale and maintenance of graves and mausoleums and the renting of equipped space in funeral parlours.

    Industry Products
  • Burials
  • Cremations
  • Prepaid funeral services
  • Natural alternatives
  • Industry Activities
  • Funeral directing
  • Burial services
  • Cremation services
  • Embalming services
  • Prepaid funeral planning
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of deaths
  • Net Disposable Income Per Capita
  • Population aged 65 years and over
  • Real gross employment affairs and social protection expenditure

  • Current Performance
    Feeling the heatFinancial assistance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Life expectancyCremation services
  • Table: Funeral Activities Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Funeral Activities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers in Ireland

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Catering Services in Ireland
  • Stone Cutting, Shaping & Finishing in Ireland
  • Wooden Container Manufacturing in Ireland

  • Products & Services
  • Burials
  • Cremations
  • Prepaid funeral services
  • Natural alternatives
  • Chart: Funeral Activities Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 65 and 84
  • People aged 85 and over
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged between 25 and 44
  • People aged 24 and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Funeral Activities Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other Costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Funeral Activities

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Funeral Activities Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Fanagans Funeral Directors Ltd,
  • Table: Fanagans Funeral Directors Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Funeral Activities Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Funeral Activities Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Alkaline Hydrolysis
  • A process for the disposal of human and animal remains using a mixture of water and alkalis to dissolve the body.
  • Crematorium
  • A facility attached to a funeral home or chapel that is used to cremate a deceased person.
  • Exceptional Needs Payment (Enp)
  • A single payment to help low-income families meet essential one-off expenditure.
  • Prepaid Funeral
  • Arrangement and payment for funeral services prior to death.
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