• Delicatessen

    Businesses in this industry sell smallgoods, including cooked meats, cheese and other fine foods.

    Some businesses may also operate a café or sandwich shop as a part of their business.

    Performance benchmarks

    These performance benchmarks are updated annually and developed using the information reported on income tax returns and activity statements for the 2013–14 year.

    These benchmarks show a number of different financial ratios of business income to business expenses, to help businesses compare their performance against similar businesses in their industry.

    Benchmarks are published as a range representing the ratios reported by businesses grouped either side of the average. Publishing benchmarks as a range allows for variations across financial years, regions and business models.

    The key benchmark ratio for this industry is cost of sales to turnover ratio (see definitions). This ratio is considered to be the most accurate predictor of business turnover. For businesses that do not report cost of sales or only report a small amount, total expenses to turnover can be used to predict turnover.

    2013–14 financial year

    Key benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $250,000

    $250,000 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    54% – 65%

    57% – 65%

    57% – 68%

    Average cost of sales

    59%

    61%

    63%

    Total expenses/turnover

    83% – 88%

    86% – 91%

    88% – 93%

    Average total expenses

    85%

    88%

    90%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    71% – 80%

    72% – 83%

    71% – 82%

    The following benchmarks can be used as a guide for businesses to review their performance and business practices against other similar businesses.

    Not all expenses are reported by every business, so one or more of the benchmarks below may not apply to your business.

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 – $250,000

    $250,000 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Labour/turnover

    14% – 19%

    10% – 16%

    9% – 16%

    Rent/turnover

    10% – 15%

    8% – 12%

    5% – 8%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    2% – 3%

    1% – 2%

    1%

      Last modified: 25 Feb 2016QC 43792