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Convenience store category sales share in Great Britain 2019

In 2019, tobacco and e-cigarettes attributed to over one fifth of convenience store sales, followed by alcohol which, accounted for 15.1 percent of convenience store sales. The smallest contributors to British convenience stores sales are the product categories health and beauty at 1.3 percent and hot food and drinks at 1.5 percent.

Convenience stores

Convenience stores are small retail businesses which often have high prices, a limited number of covered product categories and commonly a limited selection of products in these categories. The shops are often opened for longer hours. With the UK’s Sunday trading act the number of bigger stores with longer opening hours has increased. Their competition has cut into the presence of convenience stores.

Recent developments on the market

In the past years, large chains such as Sainsbury’s have tried to capitalize on the trend among consumers towards shorter top-up shopping missions, with an increased presence of smaller shops catering toward these needs. Currently these convenience stores run by multiples, account for about 23 percent of market sales.

Distribution of convenience store sales in Great Britain in 2019, by product category*

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Average sales contribution of the main product categories (the source notes that the offering of convenience stores varies depending on type of store, location and ownership type).

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