Checking out: Price competition has caused revenue to decline marginally over the past five years

The Supermarkets industry has undergone radical change over the past five years. Changing shopping habits, the aggressive expansion of discount supermarkets and increased external competition have all influenced industry performance. In March 2014, Tesco and Morrisons sparked a price war by announcing large price cuts on numerous items. Asda and Sainsbury's followed suit, announcing similar cuts to prices over the rest of the year. In addition, the industry's largest player, Tesco, became embroiled in an accounting scandal in mid-2014, which resulted in large-scale management changes within both Tesco and the wider industry. The combination of these factors contributed to relatively poor industry performance over the past five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue is forecast to grow in the current year as operators pass higher costs on to consumers
  • The growth of online operations has provided supermarkets with a major source of revenue
  • Supermarkets are likely to attract demand at the expense of competing industries
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    FoodA wide variety of fresh foods, like fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and delicatessen products, have been a mainstream part of the supermarket business for more than 20 years. There have been few substantial changes to the business model since then. The Supermarkets industry has more packaged fresh food, such as vacuum-packed vegetables, than many other developed countries, primarily because UK agriculture is relatively small-scale. For similar reasons, frozen food contributes a substantial slice of industry revenue. Packaged non-perishable foods like cereal, pasta and tinned foods generate approximately one-third of supermarkets' food revenue. Sal...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Supermarkets Industry

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

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Attractive product presentation
  • Availability of car parking
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from department stores and Demand from e-commerce and online auctions in the Supermarkets industry impact industry performance..

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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 items
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Beverages
  • Frozen food
  • Other food
  • General merchandise
  • Industry Activities
  • Grocery retailing
  • Fruit and vegetable retailing
  • Bakery product retailing
  • Delicatessen product retailing
  • General merchandise retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from department stores
  • Demand from e-commerce and online auctions
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Population
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Market mix
  • Cutting down
  • Purchases and profit
  • Online expansion
  • External competition stacks up
  • Cost controls
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • A wider selection
  • Changing habits
  • Technological advances
  • Table: Supermarkets Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Meat Wholesaling
  • Potato Crisps & Snacks Production

  • Products & Services
  • Beverages
  • Meat, fish and delicatessen items
  • General merchandise
  • Other food
  • Frozen food
  • Dairy products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Chart: Supermarkets Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Fifth income quintile
  • Fourth income quintile
  • Third income quintile
  • Second income quintile
  • First income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Supermarkets Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketingRent, utilities, depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Supermarkets

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Supermarkets Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Tesco plc, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, Asda Stores Limited, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, Aldi Stores Ltd,
  • Table: Tesco plc - financial performance
  • Table: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Asda Stores Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc - financial performance
  • Table: Aldi Stores Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Supermarkets 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 Supermarkets Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Loss Leader
  • A product sold at a discounted price below the cost of production which is intended to attract customers who will then purchase other products.
  • Multichannel Retailing
  • Allowing customers to purchase goods using several different channels. These can include the internet, mobile phones and physical stores.
  • Radio-Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A chip incorporated in product packaging so that products can be identified and tracked throughout the supply chain.
  • Slotting Fee
  • The fee supermarkets charge manufacturers to put their products on shelves in stores.
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