Sales within traditional grocery formats increased 1% during 2013, while sales within non-traditional formats rose 3.1%, according to an annual survey by Willard Bishop, Barrington, Ill.

Traditional grocery formats accounted for sales of $522.8 billion last year, with a market share of 46%, down slightly from 46.5% in 2012, while non-traditional grocery sales rose to $442.1 billion, or 39%, compared with 38.6% a year ago.

Convenience-store sales accounted for 15% of sales, or $169.9 billion — compared with 14.9% in 2012 — with stores selling gas accounting for 12.8% of the total and stores without gas for 2.2%.

E-commerce sales for food and consumables, which are included among non-traditional grocery, rose 13.7% to $21.1 billion in 2012, compared with $15.9 billion a year earlier. The report projected that e-commerce sales will grow at a rate of 9.5% a year through 2018.

The report, which Bishop Consulting has been doing since 1983, is entitled "The Future of Food Retailing."

Among traditional formats, conventional supermarket sales grow 0.4%, though market share fell to 39.1%, compared with 39.8% a year earlier — the largest decrease among all formats. The report said the share for conventional supermarkets will fall to 36.2% by 2018.

Fresh formats saw sales grow 10.4%, the largest increase among all formats; while limited-assortment store sales rose 4.1%; super-warehouse stores experienced sales growth of 3.5%; small grocery store sales increased 2.4%; and convenience stores sales also rose 2.4%, the report indicated.


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Among non-traditional grocery formats, wholesale club sales increased 2.3%; supercenter sales climbed 4%; dollar stores saw an 8.9% increase; drug store sales of food and consumables were up 1.4%; and military sales fell 5.2%, due primarily to a two-week shutdown, the report noted.

Looking ahead to 2018, the report said market share for traditional groceries is expected to drop 1.2% to 44.8%, while non-traditional grocery share will increase to 40.1% with supercenter sales rising to 19.4% from 17.6% in 2013 —and c-stores will rise to 15.1%.

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