Tesco overtakes Boots as UK’s biggest personal care and toiletries retailer

Tesco overtakes Boots as UK’s biggest personal care and toiletries retailer

THE WHAT? Supermarket chain Tesco has taken over Boots as the UK’s biggest personal care and toiletries retailer, giving a clear indicator of consumer buying trends in the wake of the pandemic.

THE DETAILS The supermarket giant’s share rose to 20.8 percent this year, a 3 percent YOY growth, while Boots fell 10 percent to 20.5 percent in the same period. 

Boots still holds a larger overall share of the market than all the other retailers and supermarkets. 

THE WHY? Despite being listed as an ‘essential retailer’ during the pandemic, Boots lamented the drop-in footfall during lockdown, stating that COVID-19 had a ‘significant impact on our business.’

Interestingly, the third highest share belonged to bargain stores at 10.8 percent, highlighting that consumer buying habits are in-line with the K-shaped COVID recovery predicted by the financial markets. 

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