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: John  Dunham  & Associates
4.8 Million
Total Supermarket Sales - 2017
Total Supermarket Sales - 2017
Source:Progressive Grocer Magazine
$682.716 Billion
Number of Supermarkets - 2017
Number of Supermarkets - 2017
*2 million or more in annual sales
Source: Progressive Grocer Magazine
38,571
Net Profit After Taxes - 2017
Net Profit After Taxes - 2017
Source: Food Marketing Institute
1.1% Trend
Median total store size in Square Feet - 2016
Median total store size in Square Feet - 2016
Source: Food Marketing Instittute
41,300 Trend
Median weekly sales per supermarket - 2017
Median weekly sales per supermarket - 2017
Source: Food Marketing Institute
$406,186
% of disposable income spent on food —2016
% of disposable income spent on food —2016
Source: USDA
5.2%
Food at Home
4.8% Trend
Food away from Home
Weekly sales per square foot of selling area-2016
Weekly sales per square foot of selling area-2016
Source: Food Marketing Instittute
$11.89
Sales per customer transaction-2017
Sales per customer transaction-2017
Source: Food Marketing Instittute
$34.61
Sales per Labor Hour - 2017
Sales per Labor Hour - 2017
Source: Food Marketing Institute
$150
Average number items carried in a supermarket in 2017
Average number items carried in a supermarket in 2017
Source: Food Marketing Institute
30,098

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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