DEMO DRILL DOWN Liquor, Wine, and Vitamins Sales Skew To U.S. Households Without Children

DEMO DRILL DOWN Liquor, Wine, and Vitamins Sales Skew To U.S. Households Without Children

U.S. households without children spent 19% more on liquor and wine, and 14% more on vitamins than average American households during the 52 weeks ending June 28, 2008, according to Nielsen.

Although households are often assumed to be conventional families with children, most U.S. households do not have children under the age of 18.  In fact, households without children account for roughly 65% of all U.S. households. 

According to Nielsen, these households represent 77.5% of liquor and wine dollar sales, 74% of vitamin dollar sales, and 73.6% of floral/gardening product and tobacco dollar sales.

Other categories skewing to households without children include medications/remedies, pet food, books and magazines, and beer.


(by highest index)

Top 10 Categories:

U.S. Households Without Children

Dollar Volume Index
1 Wine 119
2 Liquor 119
3 Vitamins 114
4 Floral, Gardening 113
5 Tobacco & Accessories 113
6 Medications/Remedies 111
7 Nuts 109
8 Pet Food 109
9 Books & Magazines 107
10 Beer 107
Source: The Nielsen Company (June 30, 2007 – June 28, 2008).
*Note: “Dollar Volume Index” is a demographic segment’s share of dollar sales, divided by a segment’s share of U.S. households, multiplied by 100.

Nielsen’s Marketing Tip:

Retailers targeting households without children may want to promote these categories (above) with feature ads, displays, and product assortments. Manufacturers should consider cross-promoting and cross-couponing items in these categories.

Nielsen’s Dollar Volume Index identifies demographic groups that account for above or below average dollar volume purchases for a given product category.

Data for the index was collected via Nielsen’s Homescan consumer panel, a nationally representative sample of U.S. households that provides a stratified, proportionate, non-biased representation of the U.S. population. Homescan panelists scan all of their UPC coded purchases after every shopping trip, allowing Nielsen to capture their complete shopping and buying behavior.