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Supermarkets and grocery retail in Australia - statistics & facts

The Australian supermarket industry is dominated by two large, national companies, the Coles Group and the Woolworths Group. In each case, both attract around a thirty percent share of the grocery retailer market. At over 100 billion Australian dollars, the grocery retail sales value of supermarkets in Australia has continued to show strong growth over the past decade.

Who are the biggest grocery retailers?

Following a demerger from the Wesfarmers Group, Coles Group has enjoyed steady sales revenues of 38 million Australian dollars on average over the last few years, despite a slight decline in 2020. Earnings before interest and taxes of Coles Group increased to almost two billion Australian dollars in the latest financial year.

Coles main rival, the Woolworths Group, have recognized similar results. Total food sales of Woolworths Group have increased to over 44 million Australian dollars, and Woolworth's earnings before interest and taxes have fluctuated at around the same levels as Coles.

Relative newcomers to Australia, German company Aldi, have enjoyed market success in their formative years in the country. Aldi recognized a market share of around 11 percent, the third-largest share in the country. Additionally, it attracted the third-largest share of the national consumer grocery spend. There are now around 570 Aldi stores operating in Australia.

Online grocery delivering the goods

In 2021, annual growth in online retail spending on grocery and liquor increased dramatically, likely due to restrictions to in-store shopping due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the growth in online grocery spending looks set to continue, with Australian preferences for grocery shopping channels before and after the coronavirus pandemic increasing for online shopping according to a survey conducted in 2021. Coles and Woolworths were the leading supermarkets for online grocery shopping in Australia, solidifying their dominance in the Australian supermarket industry, both online and in-store.

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