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Tobacco Product Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

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 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.

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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 Analysis Chapter

The Tobacco Product Wholesaling industry distributes cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco products and smoking accessories from manufacturers to retailers. In the face of strong anti-smoking attitudes, the prevalence of smoking in the United Kingdom has declined consistently over the past decade. Wholesale bypass, increasingly stringent regulations and tobacco smuggling have also hampered the industry’s prospects. Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is forecast to decline at a compound annual rate of 3.7% to £8.8 billion. In 2016-17, revenue is forecast to decline by 6.9%. Revenue is forecast to decline at faster rate than previously due to the introduction of plain packaging laws. 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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