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Retailing in the United Kingdom

UK retailing market: Tesco leading the industry

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The UK retailing market continued to register growth in 2012 despite the uncertain economic conditions. A number of events, such as the Queen´s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, which took place in the country in the summer months of 2012, were key factors in boosting the industry?s performance.

The Jubilee and the Olympic Games held in London in 2012 had a positive impact on the overall UK retailing industry. While London in particular benefited from having a greater numbers of visitors, in other areas of the UK consumers spent more time in-doors in order to watch the Games, which particularly boosted grocery sales.

Grocery retailing continued to show healthy growth in 2012, mainly attributed to price increases. Non-grocery retailing, on the



other hand, saw stagnation as consumers restrained from making non-essential purchases. Non-grocery retailers also offered a large number of promotions and sales, which led to a decline in profit margins.

Tesco continued to be the leading retailer in the UK in 2012 where it is a household name and the supermarket chain of choice for a large number of consumers. The supermarket/hypermarket chain continues to increase its product range which it offers at competitive prices. Other leading retailers in the UK include Asda, J Sainsbury, Wm Morrison and Marks & Spencer.

While retailing growth will remain positive throughout the forecast period, industry growth is predicted to experience a slowdown. The ongoing uncertain economic conditions will be the main factor in making consumers hold back from making large purchases. Other factors include high inflation rates and increases in other costs, such as oil, gas and electricity.

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