Tobacconists and other specialised grocery retailers have endured a challenging trading environment over the five years through 2012-13, with industry sales expected to rise by an annualised 0.1%. Following the implementation of graphic warning labels and plain packaging in December 2012, spending on cigarettes and tobacco products as a share of household final consumption expenditure is expected to trend downwards. The introduction of bans on the display of tobacco over this period has also contributed to the overall fall in demand. A focus on health and wellbeing has also played a central role in the falling demand for confectionery and smallgoods.
Industry operators retail tobacco and a range of specialised foods including confectionery, smallgoods, bread and cakes, which are not manufactured on the same premises. Products are sourced from specialised wholesalers and sold via retail outlets to the general public. Businesses that primarily operate as supermarket or grocery stores or offer food for takeaway or immediate consumption are excluded from the industry.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.