UK Supermarkets Sector to Limp Back to Growth in the Near Future

Published on : Jan 08, 2018

Albany, New York, January 8, 2018: The supermarkets sector in the UK is anticipated to come back in form probably for the first time in about four or five years. The prevalent shopping habits of consumers whose preferences keep changing radically continues to hinder revenue growth of supermarkets all over the UK. A new report released by Market Research Hub (MRH) focuses on the current state of UK’s supermarkets and presents a clear picture of this sector to key stakeholders and investors planning to monetize their investments in the country’s supermarkets sector in the near future.

Key Report Inclusions

The report is a comprehensive analysis of the supermarkets sector in the UK and begins with a concise executive summary. This section summarizes the key factors anticipated to impact sector growth in the coming years. With falling real income of the UK population coupled with increased spending by consumers on food and drinks and an increase in sales from grocery retail stores, supermarkets are expected to return on a steady growth path. However, this sector is likely to lose valuable market share to online retailing, with e-commerce fast becoming the preferred shopping channel for consumers across the UK.

The report presents useful insights on the type of supermarkets and stores where consumers tend to shop more; the overall grocery store purchase behavior; consumer attitudes towards price fluctuations; rate of inflation and how this is impacting the supermarkets sector in the UK; overall spending by consumers on food and beverages, non-alcoholic drinks, etc.; as well as the percentage change per annum on food and beverage products. The report also provides useful information on the channels of distribution of retail grocery products. According to the estimations forecasted in the report, supermarkets hold more than half the share of grocery sales of retail products. While most of the consumers in the UK continue to shop in supermarkets, online distribution channels are fast catching up in the grocery retail sector. Then again, after food products, health and beauty products is the most shopped category by consumers. 

Competitive Intelligence

One of the highlights of the report is a dedicated focus on the current vendor structure of the supermarkets sector in the UK. According to insights presented in the report, Tesco continues to retain its dominant position in the UK supermarkets sector while Lidl and Aldi continue their move upward in the country. The year 2016 was important from the growth perspective for several grocery retailers in the UK. Retailers are devising forward looking strategies to grab market share. Some of these consumer focused strategies include checkout-agnostic shopping, faster services for the delivery of ordered products, devices with voice control to order groceries for direct delivery to consumer homes, driverless delivery of groceries, and more personalized stores offering traditional styles with a unique twist to attract more customers. Supermarket giants in the UK are also implementing zero waste solutions in their stores in keeping with the prevalent governmental norms pertaining to environmentally friendly products and services.

Some of the top supermarket chains featured in the report include Amazon and Whole Foods, Waitrose, Morrisons, Iceland, Aldi, M&S Simply Food, Sainsburys, Ocado, Asda, Lidl, The Co-op, and Tesco. Details of these companies such as business overview, company performance, product and service offerings, and future expansion and growth plans are elucidated in this report.

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