Supermarket Facts

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When you need the facts and you need them now, the Food Marketing Institute's Information Service is the place to find the answers. Below you will find topline supermarket operations and consumer data culled from FMI’s research reports and supermarket trade publications. 

Data are updated as figures are released, usually during the second half of the year. 
Number of Employees
Number of Employees
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
3.4 Million
Total Supermarket Sales - 2016
Total Supermarket Sales - 2016
Source: Progressive Grocer Magazine
$668.680 Billion
Number of Supermarkets - 2016
Number of Supermarkets - 2016
*2 million or more in annual sales
Source: Progressive Grocer Magazine
38,441
Net Profit After Taxes - 2015
Net Profit After Taxes - 2015
Source: Food Marketing Institute
1.7% Trend
Median total store size in Square Feet - 2015
Median total store size in Square Feet - 2015
Source: Food Marketing Instittute
42,800 Trend
Median weekly sales per supermarket - 2015
Median weekly sales per supermarket - 2015
Source: Food Marketing Institute
$354,865
% of disposable income spent on food —2014
% of disposable income spent on food —2014
Source: USDA
5.5%
Food at Home
4.3% Trend
Food away from Home
Weekly sales per square foot of selling area-2015
Weekly sales per square foot of selling area-2015
Source: Food Marketing Instittute
$11.03
Sales per customer transaction-2015
Sales per customer transaction-2015
Source: Food Marketing Instittute
$31.92
Sales per Labor Hour - 2015
Sales per Labor Hour - 2015
Source: Food Marketing Institute
$151
Average number items carried in a supermarket in 2015
Average number items carried in a supermarket in 2015
Source: Food Marketing Institute
39,500

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Retail Segment Definitions

Traditional Grocery

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  • Traditional Supermarket
  • Fresh Format
  • Limited-Assortment Store
  • Super Warehouse
  • Other (Small Grocery)
Non-Traditional Grocery

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  • Wholesale Club
  • Supercenters
  • Dollar Store
  • Drug
  • Mass
  • Military
  • E-Commerce (food and consumables)

Source: The Future of Food Retailing, 2014, Willard Bishop