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
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    3.4 million
    Total supermarket sales-2014
    Source: Progressive Grocer Magazine
    $638.338 billion
    Number of supermarkets-2014 ($2 million or more in annual sales)
    Source: Progressive Grocer Magazine
    Net profit after taxes-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    Median Total Store Size in Square Feet-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    Median weekly sales per supermarket-2014
    Source: Food Marketing Institute
    Percentage of disposable income spent on food--USDA figure for 2013 
    food away-from-home
    Source: USDA

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

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

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