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Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters in the US: Market Research Report

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Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Market Research Report | NAICS 45291 | Dec 2016

Well stocked: Revenue will grow slightly, amid growing concentration and falling oil prices

IBISWorld’s Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Due to the low-cost, high-value products they offer, operators in the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry typically performs well regardless of the macroeconomic climate; however, when businesses and consumers have deeper pockets, they are likely to spend more at industry establishments. Despite overall industry growth, steep declines in the world price of crude oil have kept revenue gains slow over the period. Many industry operators retail fuel at establishment-run gas stations; therefore, as the world price of crude oil declined over the five years to 2016, the industry was forced to lower gasoline prices, which stifled revenue growth. Over the next five years, industry revenue will rise in line with the growing economy and recovering oil prices.

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Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

This industry is highly concentrated, with the top four companies accounting for an expected 93.6% of industry revenue in 2016. Of these four companies, the largest two, Walmart and Costco, account for 69.8% and 17.4% of industry market share, respectively. Very few companies operate in this industry, with the numbers of industry enterprises expected to stand at a low 17 in 2016. The prevalence of industry behemoths like Walmart, make it difficult for new operators to successfully enter the industry. Given the high level of industry concentration and substantial capital required to generate enough revenue to compete with the major players, IBISWorld expects concentration to remain high and industry entrants to remain low.

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What is the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry?

This industry includes large stores that primarily retail a general line of grocery products, along with merchandise items (e.g. apparel and appliances). Warehouse clubs offer customers a wide selection of goods, often in bulk, at discounted prices, in exchange for a membership fee paid by each customer. Supercenters are large discount department stores that also sell perishable groceries. However, unlike warehouse clubs, supercenters do not have membership requirements for customers.

Industry Products
Food and beveragesFuel and otherHome and appliancesApparel and accessoriesHealth, beauty and wellness
Industry Activities
Retailing groceriesRetailing furnitureRetailing apparelRetailing appliancesRetailing digital and print mediaRetailing personal care productsRetailing automotive fuels (e.g. gasoline)

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