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Liquor Stores

Liquor Stores

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Executive summary

The Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores industry comprises specialty shops specifically licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. Industry operators have remained in high spirits over the five years to 2022 amid favorable economic conditions. As per capita disposable income has increased, many establishments have experienced strong sales of high-margin and imported beverages, which are typically less available at alternative retailers. Additionally, consumer preferences have shifted away from popular global beer brands toward local craft styles that boast high-quality ingredients and higher profit margins. Similarly, the rising popularity of high-margin canned cocktails has benefited operators. As a result, industry revenue is expected to increase an annualized 3.9% to $72.4 billion over the five years to 2022, including an increase of 0.4% in 2022 alone.
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High barriers to entry mean that new companies struggle to enter an industry, while low barriers mean it is easy for new companies to enter an industry.

Compares the amount of money spent on capital (plant, machinery and equipment) with that spent on labor.
IBISWorld uses the ratio of depreciation to wages as a proxy for capital intensity. High capital intensity is more than $ 0.333 of capital to $ 1 of labor; medium is $ 0.125 to $ 0.333 of capital to $ 1 of labor; low is less than $ 0.125 of capital for every $ 1 of labor.

The dollar figures in the Key Statistics table, including forecasts, are adjusted for inflation using the current year (i.e. year published) as the base year. This removes the impact of changes in the purchasing power of the dollar, leaving only the "real" growth or decline in industry metrics. The inflation adjustments in IBISWorld’s reports are made using the US Bureau of Economic Analysis’ implicit GDP price deflator.

Spending on industry goods and services within the United States, regardless of their country of origin. It is derived by adding imports to industry revenue, and then subtracting exports.

The number of permanent, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees, working proprietors, partners, managers and executives within the industry.

Colloquial Terminology

A beverage category that includes beer, wine and liquors.

A business that is owned and operated in a single location with few or no employees other than the owner or owners.

The purchase of liquor in packaged form for consumption at home or anywhere other than the location of purchase.

The purchase of liquor for immediate consumption.


The COVID-19 (coronavirus) precipitated a surge in demand for industry products amid the temporary closure of bars and restaurants. However, despite heightened demand for liquor over the past five years, competition has risen due to loosened regulations. Increased access to wine and liquor in some states has benefitted external competitors, such as supermarkets and wholesale clubs, which leverage their large operations to secure lower prices from suppliers. Additionally, alcohol delivery services with online operations have increased their presence in the industry over the last five years, particularly during shelter-in-place orders in 2020. However, the resulting price competition has been offset by falling excise taxes. As a result, profit, measured as earnings before interest and taxes, is expected to account for 3.7% of revenue in 2022, up from 2.6% in 2017.

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