Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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Shifts in consumer taste trends and proposed changes to poker machine regulation are set to change the industry operating environment. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

The increasing presence of the large supermarket chains is altering the industry.

The Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry has posted modest growth over the past five years. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Ryan Lin, industry “growth has been constrained by declining beer consumption, strong competition from independent liquor retailers and an economic downturn.” This has caused the collapse of some highly leveraged pub operators and led many consumers to swap a bar stool at their local bar for the comfort of their couch at home. Nevertheless, IBISWorld estimates industry revenue will increase at an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2013-14, to reach $16.2 billion. During 2013-14, industry revenue is forecast to grow at a slightly higher rate of 2.7% as economic conditions brighten and consumers loosen their spending belts. According to Lin, “as well as facing the short-term challenges brought about by the weaker economic environment, the industry is responding to long-term structural changes.” While some urban pubs and clubs are under pressure due to rising property prices, making them the target of property developers, small bars continue to pop up throughout the nation's capital cities. More flexible and accommodating liquor licensing laws in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth have spurred a renaissance of the inner-city bar scene. Small bars with refined food and beverage offerings have excelled at the expense of traditional pubs. Drive-through bottle shops attached to bars and pubs have continued to grow as the large supermarket retailers get in on the scene. Nevertheless, almost all enterprises in the industry operate at low profit margins.

The Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry is expected to record moderate growth over the next five years, underpinned by an improving consumer environment, a move towards food and beverage offerings and a surge in the number of small bars opening in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The proposed poker machine regulation, currently delayed until 2016, also poses a major threat over the long term for establishments with significant gambling operations. Pub, club and bar operators will need to respond to changing consumer trends by running more family-friendly establishments, offering high-quality menus and diversifying liquor ranges to include craft beers and ciders.

The market is highly fragmented and is characterised by the large number of small businesses. The level of market share concentration has increased slightly over the past five years as Woolworths has slowly added to its portfolio of pubs. However, market share concentration is still considered to be low. The major industry players are Woolworths and Wesfarmers. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in the industry sell alcoholic beverages for consumption either on the premises (e.g. bars) or off the premises (e.g. drive-through bottle shops).

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

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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