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UK Grocery Retailing

- What is the size of the UK grocery market?
- What channels make up the UK grocery market?

What is the size of the UK grocery market?

  • The UK grocery market was worth £169.7 billion in 2013, an increase of 3.7% on 2012
  • IGD forecast that the UK grocery market value will be worth £205.9bn in 2018, an 21.3% increase on 2013
  • The grocery market's share accounts for 54.9p in every £1 of UK retail spending


What is the size of the UK grocery market?
Graph showing the size of the UK grocery market

Data is year to April. Source: IGD UK channel forecasts 2013-18
 

What channels make up the UK grocery market?

What channels make up the UK grocery market?

Chart showing which channels make up the UK grocery market

Data is year to April. Source: IGD UK channel forecasts 2013-18

  • Hypermarkets and superstores: Large format stores that sell a full range of grocery items and typically a substantial non-food range. Hypermarkets have a sales area of 60,000 sq ft+, superstores are 25-60,000 sq ft.
  • Small supermarkets: Defined as food-focused stores with a sales area of 3-25,000 sq ft.
  • Convenience stores: Stores with a sales area of less than 3,000 sq ft, which are open for long hours and sell products from at least eight different grocery categories. Examples include SPAR, the Co-operative Group and Londis.
  • Discounters: Includes all sales through food discounters Aldi and Lidl, and the grocery sales of principal high street discounters such as Poundland and 99p Stores.
  • Other retailers: Includes stores with a sales area of less than 3,000 sq ft, typically newsagents, off-licences, some forecourts and food specialists, such as butchers and bakeries. This channel also includes the grocery sales of predominantly non-food retailers such as department stores.
  • Online: Internet orders placed at grocers and online food specialists for home delivery and customer collection.

Market data includes VAT and excludes fuel sales

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