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Grocery Stores and Supermarkets

SIC 5411 | NAICS 445110

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

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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 trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

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.

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

Food Marketing Institute
Information 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.


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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 sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

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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