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Off-Licences in the UK: Market Research Report

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Off-Licences Market Research Report | SIC G47.250 | Nov 2016

Going flat: The industry is expected to enter a sustained period of revenue decline

IBISWorld’s Off-Licences market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Conviviality Retail Plc Conviviality Retail Plc market share
Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Off-licences are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed off their premises. The industry has endured turbulent operating conditions over the past decade, with strong and consistent declines in establishment numbers and constrained revenue. Traditional off-licences have struggled under the weight of predatory pricing by supermarkets, while the prolonged effects of the economic downturn also weighed on performance in the early part of the period. Disposable incomes shrank during the downturn and consumers cut back on discretionary products such as alcoholic beverages. As their sales and margins collapsed, many off-licences were forced out of the industry... purchase to read more

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IBISWorld estimates that wine sales make up 33.5% of industry revenue. In recent years, growth in expenditure on wine has far outstripped spending on beer and spirits. Retailers such as Majestic Wine that specialise in the sale of wine have performed strongly over the past five years. However, off-licences have faced increasingly stiff competition from supermarkets in this product category over the same period. Despite intense competition, revenue derived from this product category is expected to increase over 2016-17.


Spirits are estimated to account for 22% of revenue. Sales in this segment have benefited from a reduction in on-licence sales as drinking at home has become more popular. How.. purchase to read more


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What is the Off-Licences Industry?

Operators in this industry are specialised retailers licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises. The industry does not include supermarkets and grocery-focused convenience stores that may also have this licence.

Industry Products
WineSpiritsBeer Other alcoholic beveragesNon-alcoholic beveragesFood and snacks
Industry Activities
Beer retailingWine retailingSpirits retailingCider retailing

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