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Revenue of leading coffee shop chains in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

Costa coffee generated a turnover of over one billion British pounds in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018. This was higher than its two other major competitors in the UK: Starbucks and Caffè Nero.

Costa still leading player on UK coffee market

Costa is not only the leading coffeehouse player in the UK, but also in Europe, where it holds the highest number of outlets of any other coffee shop chain. Most of Costa’s stores are in fact located in the UK. Poland and Ireland are the chain’s second and third biggest European markets, with over 100 stores in each country. Costa additionally has over 400 stores in China.

Are branded coffee shop chains facing more competition?

British high streets may be bursting with Costas, Starbucks and other familiar chains, but independent and non-specialist establishments collectively make up the largest share of the UK coffee shop market. Growing coffee shop trends along with new technologies allow non-traditional operators, such as pubs and supermarkets, to incorporate café concepts into their businesses. The growth in non-specialists is currently outpacing branded coffee chains, with the trend predicted to continue.

Annual turnover of selected coffee shop chains in the United Kingdom (UK) as of financial years ending 2018*

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Supplementary notes

* The data has been compiled by Statista from annual accounts filed to Companies House regarding each companies' UK operations (found under Starbucks Coffee Company (UK) Limited, Caffe Nero Group Holdings Ltd and Coffee#1 Limited). The results for Costa were taken direct from Whitbread's annual report and accounts.

* Figures are as of the financial year end for each company in 2018 as follows:
Costa - year end March 1, 2018.
Starbucks - year end September 30, 2018.
Caffe Nero - year end May 31, 2018.
Coffee #1 - year end September 28, 2018.

** Caffe Nero includes international (non UK) operations.

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