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Convenience Stores in the UK: Market Research Report

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Convenience Stores Market Research Report | SIC G47.120 | Mar 2017

Inconvenient conditions: Rising wages and purchase costs will limit revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Convenience Stores 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
Booker Group plc Booker Group plc market share
Nisa Retail Limited Nisa Retail Limited market share
Spar (UK) Limited Spar (UK) Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Many stores have expanded their service offerings in an attempt to boost footfall
  • Discount supermarkets are likely to further encroach on the market by opening more mini supermarkets
  • Convenience stores are expected to continue to seek new ways of drawing customers into their stores
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Convenience Stores industry sells an extensive selection of products, including chilled food, tobacco, frozen products, toiletries and various other household goods. Industry establishments fall into two categories: non-affiliated independent retailers and symbol group-affiliated franchises. Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.8%. Changes in consumers’ purchasing habits, particularly in terms of top-up shopping, have laid the foundations for this growth. However, supermarkets have begun opening smaller mini supermarkets, which operate in almost direct competition with convenience stores... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

IBISWorld expects the Convenience Stores industry to perform strongly over the five years through 2016-17, with revenue forecast to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.8% over the period. The industry has benefited from changing trends in consumer spending and an improving economy. However, growth is beginning to slow as a result of extensive competition from within the industry and from external competitors such as supermarkets. In 2016-17, industry revenue is forecast to increase by 2.9% to £27.6 billion.

Changing consumer trends

Convenience store operators are heavily affected by trends in the wider grocery market. Ris.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Convenience Stores Industry

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

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Total online expenditure in the Convenience Stores industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Convenience Stores Industry?

    Convenience stores offer a wide variety of goods including tobacco, groceries and magazines. For a convenience store to be defined as such it must satisfy the following criteria: the size of the establishment must be under 3,000 square feet, it must not be subject to restricted opening hours under the Sunday Trading Act and it must not be positioned on a petrol station forecourt or centrally managed by a supermarket chain.

    Industry Products
    TobaccoChilled foodBeers, wine and spiritsTinned and packaged foodMilk and soft drinksFruit and vegetablesBread and bakery goods
    Industry Activities
    Selling bakery goodsSelling canned and packaged grocery itemsSelling chilled and frozen foodSelling confectionerySelling savoury snacksSelling fruit and vegetablesSelling soft drinksSelling alcoholic beveragesSelling tobacco

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Total online expenditure
  • Urban population
  • National minimum wage
  • World price of crude oil
  • Total number of registered motor vehicles
  • Current Performance
  • Changing consumer trends
  • Supermarkets corner the market
  • Merging activity
  • Local stores
  • The encroachment of discounters
  • Wages and employment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • The threat of mini supermarkets
  • Boosting footfall
  • EU referendum result
  • Enterprise and establishment expansion
  • Table: Convenience Stores Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Convenience Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Juice, Mineral Water & Soft Drink Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Tobacco
  • Chilled food
  • Beers, wine and spirits
  • Milk and soft drinks
  • Tinned and packaged food
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread and bakery goods
  • Chart: Convenience Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 25 and 44
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged 24 and under
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Convenience Stores Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent
  • Utilities, depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Convenience Stores
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Convenience Stores Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Spar (UK) Limited
    Booker Group plc
    Nisa Retail Limited
  • Table: Spar (UK) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Booker Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Nisa Retail Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Convenience Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Convenience Stores Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • The online retail of grocery items.
  • Non-Affiliated Independent Retailers
  • These stores are not members of symbol groups. They own the brand under which they trade.
  • Symbol Group
  • As with a franchise, symbol groups do not own their members' establishments. Instead they act as suppliers and offer some assistance with branding and administration.

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    This report on Convenience Stores:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Convenience Stores market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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