Happy Tails: Pet Stores in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Rising pet ownership, especially of smaller pets, will catalyze industry growth in the next five years; however, pet stores will continue facing mounting competition from grocery retailers, supermarkets and mass merchandisers. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Pet Stores industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Rising pet ownership and higher disposable income levels are driving industry growth

Despite some headwinds along the way, the Pet Stores industry has performed fairly well over the five years to 2013. Industry growth has been fuelled by high pet ownership rates, with an increasing number of "pet parents" (i.e. those who treat their four-legged companions as family members) bolstering demand. Nevertheless, says IBISWorld industry analyst Anna Son, “the recession took a toll on a number of industry operators as cash-strapped consumers turned to cheaper pet products supplied by supermarkets and mass merchandisers.” As a result, industry revenue contracted 2.1% in 2009. Revenue growth has picked up since then, though, driven by higher household income levels and rising consumer confidence that encouraged consumers to loosen up their purse strings and spend on pet products. During the past five years, IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will grow at an average annual rate of 1.7% to $1.7 billion, including a projected 2.3% jump in 2013.

Pet stores, which are traditionally small and independently owned operations, are facing mounting competition from grocery retailers, supermarkets and mass merchandisers. In addition to luring consumers with competitive prices, these retailers offer the convenience of one-stop shopping. As a result, time-poor consumers have turned to this type of store to streamline and simplify errands. In response to heightened competition, pet stores are placing greater emphasis on providing specialty services, such as one-to-one consultation with pet nutritionists and veterinarians. “In addition, pet stores are actively engaged in community initiatives and partnerships with animal shelters, charities and adoption services,” Son says. “Such involvement helps raise consumer awareness and drives foot traffic to pet stores.”

The overall outlook for the Pet Stores industry is positive. Rising pet ownership, especially of smaller pets, will catalyze industry growth in the next five years. In addition, the rebounding economy and rising disposable income will likely boost total retail spending, allowing pet owners to pamper their pets and splurge on pet products. Healthcare products and dietary supplements will further underpin industry growth as consumers search for ways to avoid expensive medical treatments. With rising sales volume, especially for premium products that typically have higher markups, industry profitability is expected to improve.

In the next five years, Son says major players, such as PetSmart and Pet Valu, will likely grow their share of the industry, with a steady stream of customers patronizing their stores. This growth is possible because these big-box retailers provide broad and industry-specific product selections, while operating on a scale that allows them to purchase in bulk and pass on savings to the consumers. Consequently, these stores are expected to grow at the expense of small stores in the industry. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Pet Stores in Canada industry report page.

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This industry sells a variety of pets, including dogs, cats, fish and birds. Stores also sell pet foods and pet supplies, such as collars, leashes, health and beauty aids, shampoos, medication, toys, pet containers, dog kennels and cat furniture. Some stores also offer pet services, such as grooming and training.

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