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This project addressed the implication of the growth in concentration in food retailing in the UK – resulting from the consolidation and small store decline over the long term - with reference to its impact on consumer choice. The reference point of the study was the UK Competition Commission (2000) conclusion that the degree to which consumers will have adequate choice will depend on local circumstances. The project addressed this specific issue by exploring changing retail provision between 1980 and 2002 in an ‘average’ situation (Portsmouth), where extensive, large scale quantitative surveys of shopping behaviour were combined with qualitative studies to provide a richer understanding of different households' use and experiences of local retail provision.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Shopping trips and kitchen visits

Shopping trips and kitchen visits

Portsmouth (district), age, children, choice, consumers, consumption, cooking, customer service, diet and nutrition, domestic responsibilities, economic activity, food, food storage, gender, household budgets, households, large shops, local community facilities, prices, purchasing, retail trade, shopping, shopping areas, shops, small shops
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Consumer behaviour
Area of Health System
Data Available
Risk behaviours
Data collecting organization (s)
Lancaster University. Management School. Department of Marketing and University of Sheffield. Department of Geography and Manchester Metropolitan University. Business School. Department of Retailing and Marketing
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
2002, 2003, 2004
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate, Individual

Supermarket shoppers and persons responsible for their household's main grocery shopping, resident in Portsmouth between 2002 and 2004; Store survey:2515 obtained. Area survey: 430 obtained. Household case studies: 8.

ESDS Qualidata, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access