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Grocery Stores & Supermarkets – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 5411  |  NAICS 445110

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Supermarkets & Grocery Stores  (view report)
Ethnic Specialty Supermarkets  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Informa USA, Inc.
Supermarket News

Monthly magazine features news, information, and analysis for retail food professionals, with special features including "Top 75 Retailers & Wholesalers" (Feb.) which looks at year-over-year changes in sales and operations, "Digital Top 10" (Jun.) which takes a closer look at the top online retailers, and "Retail Trends & Outlook" (Nov.) in which analysts share their predictions for the coming year ahead.

Food Marketing Institute
Resources available from this organization include:

Supermarket Facts
Facts section provides an overview of this retail food sector, with information provided including total supermarket sales, number of supermarkets, median store size in square feet, median weekly sales per supermarket, weekly sales per square foot of selling area, net profit margin after taxes, sales per customer transaction, average number of items carried in inventory, and total number of employees.

The Food Retailing Industry Speaks
Annual report covers key issues and trends affecting the retail food industry, with topics covered in a recent report including macro environment trends impacting the industry, competitive landscape and tactics used for differentiation, consumer-facing programs and technology geared toward increasing customer loyalty, and financial and operating performance benchmarks for various operational areas.

Publications available from this organization include:

Progressive Grocer / digital-archive
Monthly publication features news and information for retail food professionals, with special features including the "Annual Report of the Grocery Industry" (April issue), "The Super 50: Annual Ranking of Top Retailers" (May issue), "Annual Consumer Expenditures Study" (July issue), and "Annual PG/RIS Grocery Study" (November issue). Archived digital editions of the magazine are available free online.

Annual Report of the Grocery Industry
Annual report based on a survey of retail grocery executives provides insights on the current state of the industry and their expectations for the year ahead, with topics covered in recent reports including retail climate conditions, average per-store performance measures, most successful departments at driving traffic and generating sales, consumer experience enhancements, and top issues of concern.

Mintel Group Ltd.
Grocery Retailing - US

Market research report provides an in-depth analysis of the grocery retailing sector from a consumer standpoint, with topics covered in this report including market size and forecast by channel, shopper demographics and profiles, spending and shopping frequency, shopping method, channels shopped by item, purchase influencers, attitudes toward private label, and improving the shopping experience.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Grocery Stores and Supermarkets  Search for "4451" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Grocery Stores and Supermarkets  Search for "4451" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

National Grocers Association
Independent Grocers Financial Survey

Annual financial survey allows users to compare their firm's financial and operating performance with other independent retail grocers, with survey results broken down by store-level department, average weekly sales volume, level of profitability (median versus upper 25 percent), and geographic location. Survey highlights for sales growth, gross margins, expenses, and net profits are available free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Mercer LLC
U.S. Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey – Supermarket

Supermarket module of this comprehensive annual survey provides compensation and benefits data for over 100 store-level and warehouse/distribution job positions ranging from CEO to store manager to produce clerk, with store departments covered by the survey including deli/bakery, meat, seafood, frozen food/dairy, produce, floral, groceries, general merchandise, pharmacy, and health and beauty.

PayScale, Inc.
Grocery Store or Supermarket

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as retail store manager, assistant manager, meat cutter, deli clerk, produce clerk, grocery clerk, and cashier, with employers for which data is provided including The Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Publix Super Markets, Inc., Whole Foods Market, Inc., Meijer, Inc., and Albertsons, LLC.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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