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Tobacco Product Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Tobacco Product Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.350 | Mar 2017

Up in smoke: Wholesale bypass, increased health consciousness and excise duties led to decline

IBISWorld’s Tobacco Product Wholesaling market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Booker Group plc Booker Group plc market share
British American Tobacco British American Tobacco market share
Palmer & Harvey McLane Limited Palmer & Harvey McLane Limited  market share
Philip Morris International Philip Morris International market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Tobacco Product Wholesaling industry is being stubbed out by the surge of anti-smoking sentiment in the West. Wholesalers are being increasingly bypassed by larger retailers, such as supermarkets and multinational manufacturers, which have sought to internalise their wholesaling functions to improve efficiencies and maintain profit margins.

Increasingly stringent legislation, such as laws prohibiting the promotion and display of tobacco products, packaging requirements and the imposition of rising taxes and duties on tobacco sales, has contributed towards the decline in the prevalence of smoking across the United Kingdom. In 2015, the ONS reported 16.9% of the population aged 16 and over identified as smokers, a substantial decrease from 45% in 1974... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry displays a medium level of capital intensity. In 2016-17, for every £1.00 spent on wages, an estimated £0.17 was spent on capital investment. Wages are anticipated to account for 3% of industry revenue in 2016-17 with the average wage per employee forecast to be slightly over £34,000.

Wholesalers require a moderate level of capital investment and automation. Operators often rely on labour to operate machinery such as forklifts, delivery vehicles and to handle other warehouse and logistic operations. Larger firms typically rely more on automated processes and capital inputs, while smaller operators are more reliant on labour. Fur.. purchase to read more


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What is the Tobacco Product Wholesaling Industry?

Companies in this industry distribute tobacco products. They include specialist tobacco wholesalers, tobacco manufacturers that distribute their own products directly to retailers and wholesalers that distribute a range of products and tobacco. Tobacco products include cigarettes, loose tobacco and cigars. The industry does not include the sale of e-cigarettes or related equipment.

Industry Products
CigarettesLoose tobaccoCigars and pipe tobacco
Industry Activities
Distribution of cigarettesDistribution of loose tobaccoDistribution of cigars

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