Tobacconists and other specialised grocery retailers have endured a challenging trading environment over the five years through 2014-15, with industry revenue expected to rise by an annualised 0.6%. Following the implementation of graphic warning labels and plain packaging in December 2012, spending on cigarettes and tobacco products has trended downwards as a share of household final consumption expenditure. The introduction of bans on the display of tobacco over this period has also contributed to an overall fall in demand for cigarettes. Consumers' focus on health and wellbeing has played a central role in declining demand for confectionery and smallgoods during the past five years.
Industry operators are primarily engaged in retailing tobacco and a range of specialised grocery products including confectionery, non-alcoholic drinks and smallgoods. Products are sourced from wholesalers or direct from manufacturers and are sold via retail outlets to the general public. The industry excludes supermarkets and grocery stores and takeaway food operators.
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.