Full-Service Restaurants in the UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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The Full-Service Restaurants industry has endured a difficult time during the last five years. The economic downturn has caused many consumers to cut back on discretionary spending such as dining out, trading down to cheaper take-away options or choosing to cook at home instead. Other factors that have put downward pressure on industry growth include several changes in government regulation and policy concerning wage costs, anti-smoking legislation, alcohol tax and food safety laws. Revenue is estimated to decline at a compound annual rate of 4.5% during the last five years to reach £18.7 billion in 2012-13. In 2012-13, revenue is forecast to decline 1.6%. Industry performance will improve over the next five years but will be constrained by continued sluggish economic conditions. Conditions should improve from 2014-15 onwards as a recovering consumer environment leads diners to become less value-conscious and spend more on quality and provenance. Restaurants that tap into prevailing social and environmental trends and continue to emphasise high quality, locally sourced produce should perform best. Mobile and online technology will also influence the industry as people use smartphone apps to choose restaurants and make reservations. Industry revenue is forecast to increase over the next five years to 2017-18. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Full-Service Restaurants industry.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Reduced consumer spending takes its toll on restaurant earnings

The Full-Service Restaurants industry has endured a difficult time during the last five years. The economic downturn has caused many consumers to cut back on discretionary spending such as dining out, trading down to cheaper take-away options or choosing to cook at home instead. Other factors that have put downward pressure on industry growth include several changes in government regulation and policy concerning wage costs, anti-smoking legislation, alcohol tax and food safety laws. This has forced several struggling operators to exit the industry but for some it has presented opportunities to expand operations. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Steven Connell, “in tough economic conditions and amid cautious consumer behaviour, most operators have focused on promoting the provision of quality food at affordable prices and excellent customer service to give consumers the best value for money”. Revenue is estimated to decline at a compound annual rate of 4.5% during the last five years to reach £18.7 billion in 2012-13. In 2012-13, revenue is forecast to decline 1.6%.

Industry performance will improve over the next five years but will be constrained by continued sluggish economic conditions. Growth will continue to suffer under the weight of austerity measures, high unemployment and continued global economic uncertainty, which will restrict discretionary spending on dining out. Conditions should improve from 2014-15 onwards as a recovering consumer environment leads diners to become less value-conscious and spend more on quality and provenance. Connell adds, “restaurants that tap into prevailing social and environmental trends and continue to emphasise high quality, locally sourced produce should perform best”. Mobile and online technology will also influence the industry as people use smartphone apps to choose restaurants and make reservations. Industry revenue is forecast to increase over the next five years to 2017-18.

The Full-Service Restaurants industry traditionally encompasses a large number of single establishment, owner-operated restaurants. As such, it is highly fragmented and owners typically compete on price, menu offerings and cuisine. The top four players will account for almost 10% of industry revenue in 2012-13. This equates to a low level of industry market share concentration, which is not expected to change over the next five years. Major companies include Gondola Group, Whitbread, The Restaurant Group and the Blackstone Group.

For more information on the Full-Service Restaurants industry, including latest industry trends, statistics, analysis and market share information, purchase the full report from IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry research.

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry comprises sit-down restaurants where a waiter usually takes orders at the table. Restaurants in this industry are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption on the premises.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalisation & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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