Supermarket Facts

InformationSvcsiconWhen 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
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    3.4 million
     Total supermarket sales-2015
    Source: Progressive Grocer Magazine
    $649.087 billion
     Number of supermarkets-2015 ($2 million or more in annual sales)
    Source: Progressive Grocer Magazine
    38,015
     Net profit after taxes-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    1.5%
    TREND
     Median Total Store Size in Square Feet-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    46,000
    TREND
     Median weekly sales per supermarket-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    $516,727
      Percentage of disposable income spent on food--USDA figure for 2014
    food-at-home
    food away-from-home
    Source: USDA

    5.5%
    4.3 %
    TREND
    See Table 7
     Weekly sales per square foot of selling area-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    $11.98
     Sales per customer transaction-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    $29.90
     Sales per labor hour (median, unweighted)-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    $148.00
     Average number of trips per week consumers make to the supermarket-2015
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    1.5
     Average number items carried in a supermarket in 2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    42,214

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Retail Segment Definitions



Traditional Grocery

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Non-Traditional Grocery

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  • Traditional Supermarket
  • Fresh Format
  • Limited-Assortment Store
  • Super Warehouse
  • Other (Small Grocery)
  • Wholesale Club
  • Supercenters
  • Dollar Store
  • Drug
  • Mass
  • Military
  • E-Commerce (food and consumables)

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