Gas supply market shares by company: Domestic (GB)

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Source: Ofgem analysis of gas distribution network operator reports.

Information correct as of: March 2017

This chart shows the domestic gas market shares for each of the six large suppliers, six medium sized suppliers and other suppliers (presented in aggregate as ‘others’). 

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  • Gas - retail markets

Data Table

Gas supply market shares by company: Domestic (GB)

British GasEDFEONRWE npowerScottish PowerSSEUtility Warehouse OVOFirst UtilityUtilitaExtra EnergyCo-operative EnergyOthers
2005 Q255%5%12%10%9%9%0%
2005 Q355%5%12%10%9%10%0%
2005 Q454%5%12%10%9%10%0%
2006 Q154%5%12%10%9%10%0%
2006 Q252%6%12%11%9%11%0%
2006 Q351%6%12%11%8%11%0%
2006 Q450%6%12%12%8%12%0%
2007 Q148%7%12%12%9%13%0%
2007 Q248%7%12%12%8%13%0%
2007 Q348%7%12%12%8%14%0%
2007 Q447%7%11%12%8%14%0%
2008 Q147%7%12%12%8%14%0%
2008 Q246%7%12%12%8%15%0%
2008 Q345%7%12%12%9%15%0%
2008 Q445%7%12%12%9%16%0%
2009 Q144%7%12%12%9%16%0%
2009 Q244%7%12%12%9%16%0%
2009 Q344%7%12%12%8%16%0%
2009 Q444%7%12%12%8%16%0%
2010 Q144%7%12%12%8%16%0%
2010 Q244%7%12%12%8%16%0%
2010 Q344%7%12%11%8%16%0%
2010 Q443%7%12%11%9%16%0%
2011 Q143%8%13%11%9%16%0%
2011 Q243%7%13%11%9%16%1%
2011 Q343%8%13%12%8%16%1%
2011 Q442%8%13%12%8%16%1%
2012 Q142%8%13%12%8%16%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
2012 Q242%8%13%12%8%16%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
2012 Q341%9%13%12%9%15%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
2012 Q441%9%13%12%9%15%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%
2013 Q141%8%13%12%9%15%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%
2013 Q241%9%13%11%9%15%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%
2013 Q340%9%13%11%9%15%0%0%1%0%0%1%1%
2013 Q439%9%13%10%9%15%2%0%1%0%0%1%1%
2014 Q139%9%12%10%9%14%2%1%2%0%0%1%1%
2014 Q238%9%12%10%9%14%2%1%2%0%0%1%1%
2014 Q338%9%12%10%9%14%2%1%2%1%0%1%1%
2014 Q438%9%12%9%9%14%2%1%3%1%0%1%1%
2015 Q138%9%12%9%9%13%2%2%3%1%1%1%1%
2015 Q237%9%12%9%9%13%2%2%3%1%1%1%2%
2015 Q337%8%12%9%9%13%2%2%3%1%1%1%2%
2015 Q437%8%12%9%9%13%2%2%4%1%1%1%2%
2016 Q136%8%11%9%9%13%2%2%4%1%1%1%3%
2016 Q236%8%11%9%9%12%2%3%4%2%1%1%4%
2016 Q335%8%11%9%9%12%2%3%4%2%1%1%4%
2016 Q435%8%10%9%9%12%2%3%4%2%1%1%5%
2017 Q134%8%10%8%9%12%2%3%3%2%2%6%

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At-a-glance summary

Between 2005 and Q1 2017, the market share for the largest gas supplier in the GB domestic market, British Gas, declined by 21 percentage points to 34%. Nonetheless, this remains significantly higher than the next largest competitor, SSE, which held a 12% market share in March 2017.

In the same period, the individual market shares of the remaining four large suppliers fluctuated between 5% and 13%. 

Until 2012, all other suppliers held a market share of below 2%. Since then, their share has grown significantly. They reached a combined market share of 18% in Q1 2017. Five of these (Utility Warehouse, OVO, First Utility, Utilita and Cooperative Energy) increased their individual market shares above 1%. However, these medium sized suppliers had slower growth in the year to Q1 2017 compared to previous years in the 2012-2015 period.  Small suppliers, who have individual market shares below 1%, reached a combined market share of 6% in Q1 2017, 2 percentage points up on Q1 2016 . We now include Extra Energy in the group of small suppliers, as their market share has fallen below 1% since Q4 2016.

Relevance and further information

The evolution of market shares is a useful measure of trends in market concentration. They help us understand the impact between market shares and competitive dynamics, both for the six large suppliers and other suppliers, and which companies are winning or losing customers.

Methodology

We calculate market shares from the number of meter points on the gas distribution networks, as provided to us by Xoserve.  

Date correct
March 2017
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