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Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Market Research Report | SIC G47.750 | Nov 2016

A layered base: Industry operators are supported by a diverse range of consumers

IBISWorld’s Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers 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
A S Watson (Health & Beauty UK) Ltd A S Watson (Health & Beauty UK) Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Continued innovation has supported consistent revenue growth over the past five years
  • Fierce external competition from department stores and supermarkets has limited industry growth
  • Technology and online tutorials are expected to become increasingly important over the next five years
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Cosmetics and Toiletries Retailers industry has effectively recouped the ground lost after the economic downturn over the past five years, as revenue has grown and profit margins have risen. Industry revenue surpassed the pre-recessionary peak during the middle of the past five-year period. However, the extent of the industry's recovery has been limited by strong competition from supermarkets, chemists, department stores, discount retailers, e-tailers and other competitors. Industry firms currently serve only an estimated 40% of the retail cosmetics market. Although revenue has growth in each year of the period, a faltering economic recovery has meant that consumer preferences for budget, own-label and mass-market products have persisted... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Cosmetics and Toiletries Retailers industry has a low level of market share concentration. The four largest players are estimated to account for 25.8% of industry revenue in 2016-17. Although the larger players operate retail outlets across the United Kingdom, none of them have the ability to completely dominate the market. Even though A S Watson, the biggest firm, has an estimated 16% share of the market, it holds this through two separate subsidiaries, which demonstrates the difficulty any company has trying to establish a hold on the market. The industry is highly fragmented and a significant proportion of retailers are small and only serve their local area. Figures from the Office for National Statistics support this, showing that 91.8% o.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Industry are

  • Having a clear market position
  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Demand from department stores in the Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Industry?

    This industry comprises companies that sell cosmetics, perfumes and toiletries in specialised retail outlets. Online-only retailers and chemists such as Boots are not included (see IBISWorld report G47.730).

    Industry Products
    Skincare productsCosmeticsToiletriesHaircare productsFragrances
    Industry Activities
    Toiletries retailingCosmetics retailingFragrance retailing

    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
  • Demand from department stores
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Population aged 18 to 64 years
  • Current Performance
  • External competitors
  • Growth strategies
  • Expanding markets
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Online orders
  • Advances in approach
  • Future trends
  • Table: Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Perfume & Cosmetics Manufacturing
  • Perfume & Cosmetics Wholesaling
  • Soap & Detergent Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Toiletries
  • Skincare products
  • Haircare products
  • Cosmetics
  • Fragrances
  • Chart: Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 30 and 49
  • People aged between 50 and 64
  • People aged between 19 and 29
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged under 18
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers 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
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    A S Watson (Health & Beauty UK) Ltd
  • Table: A S Watson (Health & Beauty UK) Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers 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 Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers 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
  • Cosmetics that contain biologically active ingredients that claim to have medical benefits.
  • Cosmetics
  • Substances used to enhance the appearance or odour of the human body.
  • Toiletries
  • Consumer products designed for beautification and personal hygiene. They are sometimes known as personal-care items.

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    • 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 Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers 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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