Last orders: Many firms have been forced to exit the industry due to strong external competition

Off-licences are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed off their premises. Industry firms have endured turbulent operating conditions over the past decade, leading to constrained revenue and strong and consistent declines in establishment numbers. Traditional off-licences have struggled under the weight of predatory pricing by supermarkets, while subdued economic conditions also weighed on performance in the early part of the period. Real disposable income growth has been subdued over much of the past five-year period, resulting in consumers cutting back on discretionary products such as alcoholic beverages. As their sales and margins collapsed, some off-licences were forced out of the industry...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£2.8bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-1.0%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
18,478
Businesses
4,124

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Changing drinking patters and supermarket competition have negatively affected revenue
  • Minimum alcohol pricing is likely to affect supermarkets to a greater extent that off-licences
  • Operators must leverage their customer service and specialised knowledge to compete with supermarkets
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the Off-Licences industry are considered to be moderate. The main barrier is the requirement for an alcohol licence, which is needed for alcohol to be sold on the premises. New entrants will need to send an application to their local councils, which will determine whether the application is accepted or rejected. Following on from that, new entrants face significant costs through the purchase of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as investment in cooling mechanisms and payment technologies. A good location with a high footfall, knowledgeable and personable staff members, and sound links with suppliers are also essential.Competition is high both internally and externally. Lar...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Off-Licences Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Off-Licences Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • Having links with suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as trade alcohol prices and Real household disposable income in the Off-Licences industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Off-Licences Industry?

    Operators in this industry are specialised retailers licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises. The industry does not include supermarkets and grocery-focused convenience stores that may also have this licence.

    Industry Products
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Beer
  • Other alcoholic beverages
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Food and snacks
  • Industry Activities
  • Beer retailing
  • Wine retailing
  • Spirits retailing
  • Cider retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • trade alcohol prices
  • Real household disposable income
  • Alcohol consumption per capita
  • Demand from pubs and bars
  • Demand from supermarkets

  • Current Performance
  • EU referendum
  • Priced out
  • Minimum alcohol price
  • Pressure mounts
  • Duty calls
  • Prices and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Operators reposition themselves
  • Competitive pressures
  • Competitive advantages
  • Input prices
  • Table: Off-Licences Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Off-Licences Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Beer
  • Other alcoholic beverages
  • Food and snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Chart: Off-Licences Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 50 and 64
  • People aged between 65 and 74
  • People aged between 30 and 49
  • People aged under 30
  • People aged 75 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Off-Licences Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRentOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Off-Licences

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Off-Licences Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Conviviality Retail plc, Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd,
  • Table: Conviviality Retail plc - financial performance
  • Table: Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Off-Licences Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Off-Licences Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Off-Licence
  • A retailer licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off its premises.
  • Perry
  • A drink similar to cider that is made by fermenting pears.
  • Sparkling Wine
  • A wine that is fizzy because it contains high levels of carbon dioxide.
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