Sales share of the biggest supermarkets in Spain 2018

Mercadona was the leading supermarket chain in Spain in 2018, with nearly one quarter of the country’s market share. Carrefour held 8.5 percent of this share, ranking the French multinational retailer second on the list. The Spanish DIA Group followed third, taking up 7.5 percent of the market share in the Mediterranean country. Other important supermarkets include Eroski, Lidl and Grupo Auchan, also known as Alcampo in Spain.

Mercadona: the indisputable leader in the supermarket scene

The Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona saw a significant increase in its number of stores over the last few years. The chain grew from 1.3 thousand in 2010 to over 1.6 thousand shops in 2018, which represents an increase of more than three hundred stores during the period considered. The number of supermarkets in Spain increased in recent years and stood at over 22 thousand shops in 2017. The sales value of the Spanish supermarket chain has only increased in the past years, peaking in 2018 at approximately 22.26 billion euros.

Shopping in Spain: trends and expenditure

Spaniards did their home shopping mostly at supermarkets in 2018, with nearly half of the home food purchased through this distribution channel that year. Specialist shops took up approximately 18 percent of the market, making this channel the second most used venue to shop in Spain during the same period. In terms of home shopping expenditure, the average person in Spain spent approximately 1.5 thousand euros yearly between 2007 and 2017, peaking in 2008 at nearly 1.6 thousand euros and featuring its lowest point in 2007 with an average expenditure of 1.4 thousand euros.

Market share of the biggest supermarket chains in Spain in 2018

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February 2019



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