In a pinch: The end of UK tobacco product manufacturing has hastened industry decline

Tobacconists sell tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and accessories. The UK Tobacconists industry has been plagued by difficult trading conditions over the past five years, which have negatively influenced industry revenue. Rising public awareness of the health risks of smoking, driven by intense anti-smoking campaigns by the government and activist groups, has caused smoking rates to fall and sales to plummet for tobacco retailers. Increasingly stringent legislation such as amendments to the Children and Families Act 2014, the EU Tobacco Product Directive and the implementation of plain packaging on cigarette and tobacco products have only worsened the operating conditions for industry more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Intense anti-smoking campaigns and rising regulation weighed on industry demand
  • Government initiatives and public health campaigns have intensified pressures on the industry
  • Many retailers havemoved their operations purely online, thereby exiting the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of tobacconists in the UK is closely correlated to the dispersion of the UK population, household income and general business activity.London London is home to the vast majority of tobacconists given its high population, relatively high weekly income, high population density and high level of business activity. The diverse population, high levels of tourism and recreational leisure clubs are also anticipated to support higher demand. London accounts for 20.3% of industry establishments, which has increased slightly over the last decade.The South EastThe South East is the UK's most populous region, accounting for 12.1% of the population and is the second most affluent region per capita behind London. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Tobacconists Industry

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

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and Health consciousness in the Tobacconists industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Tobacconists Industry?

    This industry includes the retail sale of tobacco and tobacco products in specialised stores. It also includes the sale of smoking accessories such as pipes, lighters, cigarette papers, cigar cases and other related smoking paraphernalia.

    Industry Products
  • Cigarettes
  • Tobacco, snuff and pipes
  • Cigars
  • Smokers' accessories
  • Gifts
  • Industry Activities
  • Cigarette retailing
  • Cigar retailing
  • Loose tobacco retailing
  • Pipe retailing
  • Lighter, paper and smoking accessory retailing
  • Humidor retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Health consciousness
  • Real household disposable income
  • Producer price index for tobacco products (including duty)
  • Expenditure by household income- highest quintile

  • Current Performance
  • Declining prevalence
  • Regulatory environment
  • Excise duties
  • Smuggling
  • Supermarkets dominate
  • Profit and market structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Increasing intervention
  • Excise duties
  • Performance burnout
  • Niche demand
  • Table: Tobacconists Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Non-Specialised Wholesale Trade
  • Tobacco Product Manufacturing
  • Tobacco Product Wholesaling
  • Watch & Jewellery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Cigarettes
  • Tobacco, snuff and pipes
  • Cigars
  • Gifts
  • Smokers' accessories
  • Chart: Tobacconists Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 50 and over
  • Consumers aged between 35 and 49
  • Consumers aged between 25 and 34
  • Consumers aged between 18 to 24
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Tobacconists Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Tobacconists

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

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Tobacconists 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 Tobacconists Industry
  • 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
  • Tobacco in powder form, which is sniffed instead of smoked.
  • Spirit Flask
  • A metal container that holds a small amount of alcohol.
  • Tobacconist
  • A retailer that primarily sells cigarettes, tobacco, cigars and related products.
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