Executive Summary

Jan 2019
PROSPECTS
Saturation will lead to a decline at constant 2018 prices

2018 was a positive year for supermarkets, registering growth after years of decline in the review period. The efforts of the largest supermarket players to lower their prices, together with the improvement of the product offer, helped the channel to grow.

Locally-sourced food becomes relevant to consumers

Consumers are increasingly demanding food produced in the UK. This trend is forecast to continue in the future, as households become increasingly willing to sustain local firms and jobs.

Improving the customer experience and technology may maintain sales

One of the key determinants of sales in grocery retailers is the customer experience, and this aspect is set to become even more relevant in the forecast period. An engaging shopping experience, followed by a seamless checkout, is what will drive up sales in the coming years.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Tesco and Wm Morrison Supermarkets outpace Waitrose’s value growth

Tesco, Waitrose and Wm Morrison Supermarket led supermarkets in value terms in 2018, with their aggregate value sales accounting for more than half of overall sales in the channel. As consumers became more price-sensitive, Tesco was able to attract them through continuous bulk promotions.

Supermarkets compete to offer appealing private label products and lower prices

As consumers increasingly trust the quality of private label, supermarkets are taking advantage of this trend by enlarging their private label offer. Waitrose is focusing on increasing its Essential Waitrose range, whilst striving to lower the prices of hundreds of products in the range, according to the company’s annual report.

The online competition intensifies

As stores are delivering modest performances, supermarkets are increasingly investing in their online platforms to boost sales. Waitrose is investing strongly in its website to improve the search engine and create a more user-friendly interface.

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Supermarkets in the United Kingdom

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Supermarkets in the United Kingdom - Category analysis

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Saturation will lead to a decline at constant 2018 prices
Locally-sourced food becomes relevant to consumers
Improving the customer experience and technology may maintain sales

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Tesco and Wm Morrison Supermarkets outpace Waitrose’s value growth
Supermarkets compete to offer appealing private label products and lower prices
The online competition intensifies

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Supermarkets: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 2 Supermarkets: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Supermarkets GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 4 Supermarkets GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 5 Supermarkets LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 6 Supermarkets LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 7 Supermarkets Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 8 Supermarkets Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in the United Kingdom - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Tough trading hits non-grocery retailers
The dynamism of grocery retailing
Automation: the next stage of omnichannel retailing
Is chemists/pharmacies the next casualty of the high street?
Internet retailing is set to mature, with Amazon strengthening its position

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type 2018
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Valentine's Day
Mothering Sunday
Easter
Back to school
Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Cyber Weekend
Christmas
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 9 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 10 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 12 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 14 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 16 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 18 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 20 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 22 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 24 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 26 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 28 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 30 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 32 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 34 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 35 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 36 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 37 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 38 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 39 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 40 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 41 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 42 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 43 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 44 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 45 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 46 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 47 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 48 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 49 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 50 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 51 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 52 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 53 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 54 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 55 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 61 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 63 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 67 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 69 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 73 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 75 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 78 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 79 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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