Consumers' focus on health and wellbeing has played a central role in declining demand for confectionery and smallgoods during the past five years.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) February 23, 2015
Operators in the Tobacconists and Specialised Grocery Retailing industry in Australia 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. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Lauren Magner, “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. As a result, spending has shifted towards emerging segments such as the non-alcoholic beverage segment, which focuses on healthier options such as juices.
Industry sales are estimated to fall by 0.9% to $5.9 billion in 2014-15. This small decline stems from a continued fall in the overall smoking rate in Australia. “Tobacco products make up the largest product segment for the industry, so any movements in this segment affect industry performance,” says Magner. Weaker growth in disposable income and a fall in consumer sentiment are also anticipated to contribute to declining demand for industry goods. Legislation banning tobacco displays in large stores and retail outlets will weaken external competition from supermarkets, as tobacconists (in some states) are exempt from the regulation. Revenue will be supported by several strong-performing retailers such as Pressed Juices and T2, which have enjoyed tremendous growth due to consumers' shift towards healthier lifestyles. The industry exhibits a low level of market share concentration.
Ongoing government campaigns to discourage smoking habits will continue to place downwards pressure on the smoking rate, and dampen demand for tobacco products. Consumer demand for specialised groceries such as smallgoods and confectionery will be supported by growth in disposable income and consumer sentiment, although consumer preferences for healthier foods will undermine this growth. The largest growth potential for the Tobacconists and Specialised Grocery Retailing industry lies in niche segments that specifically cater to health-conscious consumers. These product segments include non-alcoholic beverages and other specialised health foods.
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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.
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