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Grocery Stores and Supermarkets

SIC 5411 | NAICS 445110

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Supermarkets & Grocery Stores  (view report)
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Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Penton Media, Inc.
Supermarket News
Weekly trade publication features news and information for food retailers, with topics covered including consumer behavior and trends, store operations, merchandise categories, top retailer and wholesaler rankings, retailer profiles, and more. All information can be viewed online with registration.

Grocery Stores & Supermarkets

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Information resources available from this organization include:

Supermarket Facts
Summary overview includes key statistics and selected trend data with links to additional information sources covering topics such as weekly household grocery expenses, store sales by department, marketing costs, and competition and profit. All information can be viewed free online.

The Food Retailing Industry Speaks  Search the store for the above title
Annual study provides a comprehensive analysis of the food retailing industry, with topics covered including strategic and competitive issues, retailing strategies, financial performance, retail operations, marketing and advertising, and labor costs. Preview containing detailed table of contents is available online.

Stagnito Business Information
Annual Report of the Grocery Industry
Annual report includes information on sales trends and performance measures, customer traffic trends, merchandising, marketing, and promotional strategies, operational trends, and more. Featured article presenting highlights from the report can be viewed in the April issue of the magazine; free subscriptions to the print and digital editions of the magazine are available to qualified parties.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Grocery Stores and Supermarkets  Search for "4451"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Annual Financial Review  Search the store for the above title
Annual financial analysis survey for retail food stores includes income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, and financial ratios, with survey results reported in aggregate as well as by company size and level of profitability. Preview containing detailed table of contents is available free online.

National Grocers Association
Independent Grocers Financial Survey
Annual financial survey provides financial and operating performance measures for independent retail grocers, with survey results broken down by department, average weekly sales volume, number of locations in operation, and level of profitability (typical vs. top 25 percent).

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Management Compensation Study for Retailers and Wholesalers  Search the store for the above title
Comprehensive management compensation survey provides base salary, bonus, and benefits information for over 70 management positions ranging from chief executive officer to department manager, with survey results broken out by region, number of employees, annual sales, and retailer versus wholesaler.

Compensation and Benefits Survey
Compensation survey provides compensation and benefits information for executive, management, and hourly personnel employed by independent grocers, with survey results broken down by annual retail sales volume and number of locations in operation on a national and regional basis.

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Business Valuation Resources

The Food Institute
Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions
Annual study provides deal-level transaction detail and other information for mergers and acquisitions in the food business, with retail sectors covered in the study including convenience stores, supermarkets, and other retailers. Detailed table of contents and sample page from the report can be previewed free online.

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Grocery Stores and Supermarkets

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.

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