Friday, March 1, 2013

Pet Owners Estimated to Spend More Than $55 Billion on Pets in 2013

Via PR Newswire - Bob Vetere, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), is pleased to announce that overall spending in the pet industry was at an all-time high in 2012, surpassing $53 billion. The annual comprehensive spending and data report for the pet industry shows spending grew 4.7 percent from $50.96 billion in 2011 to $53.33 billion in 2012.

APPA also projects a steady 4.1 percent growth rate through 2013, with over $55.5 billion in overall pet spending. Helping fuel the growth, the pet marketplace continues to attract a stream of entrepreneurs and investors introducing new, innovative products. Reported categories include: food, supplies/over-the-counter (OTC) medications, veterinary care, live animal purchases, and other services such as grooming, boarding, and pet sitting.

In 2012, pet services experienced the largest percentage growth, rising 9.7 percent over 2011. As pet owners continue to pamper pets their spending in services alone was $4.16 billion. This includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, pet sitting, day care and other services. Of all categories it’s anticipated that pet services will see the largest solid growth once again in 2013 at 9.1 percent, an estimated $4.54 billion in spending.

Supplies and OTC medications also demonstrated significant growth in 2012 with an impressive $12.65 billion spent in this category. Up 7.4 percent from 2011, the increased use of OTC medications as an alternative to veterinary care has driven the supply segment higher. Continued use of OTC medications and supplies is expected to rise throughout 2013 to $13.21 billion.

Demonstrating a slower but steady increase in 2012 was the food category. While forecasted to rise by 3.1 percent, the food category surpassed previously estimated figures, exhibiting a 3.9 percent growth. Food is estimated to rise by 2.9 percent in 2013, continuing the trend of growth but at a slower rate.

Vetere notes the food segment mirrors the overall pet ownership trend wherein the pet population continues to grow. The pet food category has in the past and currently remains the highest spending segment of the pet industry. But as other segments such as pet services and healthcare continue to rise at remarkable rates, industry spending among other categories levels out a bit. As long as the industry as a whole continues to show growth, so too are the expectations for pet food, regardless of the rate.

Pet insurance is also expected to increase in 2013. Included in veterinary care figures, pet insurance is estimated at $510 million and projected to grow to over $750 million by 2015. Veterinary visits stayed flat, but the use of pet meds and supplements to endure longer, healthier lives for pets is increasing.

Pampering and gift giving also showed a stronger performance in 2012 and current trends indicate solid growth will remain in 2013. Research also shows that more than half of pet products purchased are bought by consumers without kids, and that trend of fewer kids contributing to more pets will be key to growth and is a long term trend unlikely to reverse any time soon.

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  1. I wonder what the world wide figure would be?

  2. I'm proud to report I'm spending my share! he he - bet you are too.