Country Overview (Consumer & Retail)

Country Overview (Consumer & Retail)

Country Overview (Consumer & Retail)

Major Consumer & Retail Production and Consumption Nations

The fresh produce market has changed hugely in the last few decades. Those changes in taste have come due to various factors, some of them such as consumer demand, technological change in production and marketing, and retail consolidation have altered the traditional market and consumer relationship between many entities. Those entities are producers, wholesalers and retailers. Of late due to various health benefits consumers are eating more fresh produce, by purchasing wider variety year around and they demand more convenience due to the hectic lifestyle. Therefore the packaged and bagged solutions have taken place in order to expand the business where the possibility of profits seem more likely with maintenance of good relationship between the consumer and producer. And against the backdrop of changing supply and demand relations, retail consolidation has occured rapidly and large portion of M&As are taking place. There is mass merchandising and warehousing club retails being opened and run successfully and the volume of business is increasing simultaneously.
 
Major countries that specialize in retail and merchandising have been US, China, India, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Some developing countries among the developed countries have brought up their investment and policies to cater towards empowering businesses which in turn seem fruitful the economical stability.
 
Major Companies in Retail
 
North America
 
Company Name
Headquarters
Macy's
Ohio, USA
Wal-Mart
Arizona, USA
Ralph Lauren
New York, USA
 
South America
 
Company Name
Headquarters
Cencosud S.A.
Chile
Soriana
Brazil
GPA
Sao Paolo, Brazil
 
Europe
 
Company Name
Headquarters
IKEA
Sweden
Edeka Zentrale AG
Germany
Carrefour
France
 
Middle East
 
Company Name
Headquarters
IHOP
UAE
Gocco
Bahrain
The Cheescake Factory
Dubai
 
Africa
 
Company Name
Headquarters
Shoprite Holdings Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa
Massmart
Durban, South Africa
SPAR
Cape Town, South Africa
 
Asia-Pacific
 
Company Name
Headquarters
Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd
Seoul, South Korea
President Chain Store Corp
Taiwan
Bailian Group
Shanghain, China
 
 
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Bahrain Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Bahrain Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 26 2014

BMI View: Bahrain's consumer electronics market is one of the smallest in the region, reflecting the size of
the population. Growth in 2014 was squeezed by the political instability that has been an undercurrent in
Bahrain since the Arab Spring, and we believe it could continue to be a drag on growth in 2015, with
downside risk should the situation deteriorate. Despite its small size and weaker growth in 2014 there are
considerable opportunities in Bahrain due to high per capita incomes and the propensity of the local

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Mexico Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Mexico Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 26 2014

BMI View: Mexican consumer electronics spending growth underperformed many of its Latin American
peers in 2013 and 2014 as a result of relatively weak economic performance. However, from 2015 we
expect spending growth will move higher as the economy strengthens. Meanwhile, the focus of a wider
range of international vendors will give consumers wider choice and put downward pressure on device
prices, helping to deepen the market. Particular areas of opportunity include tablet and hybrid notebooks,

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Argentina Retail Report Q1 2015

Argentina Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 26 2014

BMI View: The Argentine retail sector looks set to become a more attractive investment option for foreign
players as the prospect of the October 2015 election will bring a boost to the economy by removing trading
restrictions. The population will grow steadily, we expect to see an increase in the middle-class portion, and
consumer confidence is on the rise. This supports our four year forecast that total household spending will
increase by an annual average of 8.5%.

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Mexico Retail Report Q1 2015

Mexico Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 26 2014

BMI View: The Mexican retail sector looks set to remain one of the strongest in Latin America as
opportunities for foreign investment will be aided by a growth in household spending. We forecast that total
household spending will continue to increase over the next four years, bolstered by accelerated job creation
and a rebound in consumer confidence as the country continues to make its recovery.
Numerous Free Trade Agreements have encouraged foreign investment in Mexico boosting trade and

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Turkey Retail Report Q1 2015

Turkey Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 26 2014

BMI View: After contracting in 2014, Turkey's economy will start rebounding in 2015 and is expected to
grow throughout the forecast period. The lack of optimism will not obstruct the growth of total household
spending which will reach 5%-7% annually for our forecast period. Turkey boasts one of the largest
working populations in Europe and has one of the most optimistic demographic prospects in the
continents, however, it is also highly vulnerable to both domestic and international political tensions.

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Chile Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Chile Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 19 2014

BMI View: In the Chilean consumer electronics market, tablets and smartphones have been the main
growth drivers since 2012, when the wide availability of lower cost Android devices extended market reach.
However, this growth has had casualties, including notebook and digital camera sales. In 2015 peso
depreciation will be drag on market value growth, but over the medium term we expect the economic
environment to remain supportive, with banks willing to extend credit and the unemployment rate remaining

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Czech Republic Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Czech Republic Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 19 2014

BMI View: We expect consumer electronics sales growth will accelerate in 2015, after the market narrowly
returned to growth in 2014. Smartphone sales boomed in 2014, offsetting a decline in computer hardware
and AV sales as koruna depreciation squeezed demand. From 2015 we expect stronger performance in all
three market segments as the economic environment becomes more supportive, including our forecast for
koruna appreciation. The largest opportunities are in the mobile PC segment (tablets/hybrid notebooks),

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Hungary Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Hungary Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 19 2014

BMI View: The Hungarian consumer electronics market has suffered from the challenging economic
environment in Hungary in recent years but demand recovered in 2014 as a result of technology trends, ie
booming tablet and smartphone sales, as well as the fact upgrade demand was brought forward by the
withdrawal of XP support and the FIFA World Cup. Although several macroeconomic indicators are
expected to continue to strengthen in 2015, the depreciation of the forint against the US dollar will mean

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Israel Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Israel Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 19 2014

BMI View: Israel has one of the most mature consumer electronics markets in the region, with smartphones
accounting for the vast majority of handset sales, and a strong demand for computer devices within its
vibrant startup market and from global IT and CE vendors that have set up research and development
centres in the country. Tablet computers gained traction slightly later in Israel than in many other
developed markets and we therefore expect them to be the key driver of computers sales over the medium

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Turkey Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Turkey Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 19 2014

BMI View: Turkey's Consumer Electronics market is considered to have a strong medium-term growth
outlook, as a convergence of broad based income growth, globally declining device prices, improvements to
supporting infrastructure and expanded domestic production drive market development. However, there is
significant downside to our core scenario as Turkey continues to be among the European markets most
exposed to downside risk. For instance, Turkey continues to be dependent on external financing, which

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Bahrain Retail Report Q1 2015

Bahrain Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 19 2014

BMI View: The increasing affluence of the Bahraini consumer, together with growing brand awareness and
a forecast rise in real private consumption growth, will lead to increased household spending on the retail
sector over our forecast period. This will particularly benefit personal care, communications, clothing &
footwear and furnishing & home retailers, although we expect housing & utilities expenditure to remain by
far the highest throughout our forecast period.

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Malaysia Retail Report Q1 2015

Malaysia Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 19 2014

BMI View: We have upgraded our full-year GDP forecast for Malaysia from the previous 4.5% to 5.8% on
the back of increased domestic consumption, which bodes well for the continuing health of the retail market
- particularly areas such as furnishing & home. However, the retail market is expected to temporarily
soften with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax on April 1.
Our Malaysia retail report provides a comprehensive forecast of various retail indicators including

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Singapore Retail Report Q1 2015

Singapore Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: The Singapore economy will continue to face headwinds owing to both domestic (particularly
the ongoing economic restructuring) and external issues, including the slowdown in the Chinese economy.
Nevertheless, the retail sector will continue to grow over the next few years on the back of a low
unemployment rate, rising disposable income and a strong tourism industry. Singapore's online retail
market is also expected to grow faster than other countries', according to an independent report. In terms of

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Slovenia Retail Report Q1 2015

Slovenia Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: We forecast that political instability and delays in public sector reform will create obstacles
for the growth of Slovenia's retail market during the next few years. Total household spending is
anticipated to slump by more than 5% in 2015 and will not start rebounding until 2017. The spending
patterns will alter as the number of people older than 65 years consistently approaches 20% of total
population by the end of 2018.
1 With two early elections in three years period Slovenia is undergoing a major political change. The new

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Bulgaria Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Bulgaria Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: We made a significant revision to the Bulgarian consumer electronics market forecast in the
Q115 to better reflect economic and political risks, as well as technology trends within the market, for
instance declining device prices in key product categories. However, our assessment of the underlying
growth dynamic is unchanged, with our expectation for short term challenges to act as a drag on growth,
including economic weakness and regional political and security risks. Despite the challenges for vendors

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Indonesia Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Indonesia Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: The computer hardware and AV segments contracted in US dollar terms in 2014 as a result of
rupiah depreciation, but the market as a whole continued to grow, driven by the booming smartphone
market. From 2015 we expect the market to return to broader based growth and we have a bullish outlook
for consumer electronics spending growth in Indonesia over the medium term to 2018. Positive consumer
electronics market fundamentals such as low device penetration and a strong economic growth story,

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Peru Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Peru Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: Peru's market for consumer electronics is projected to expand rapidly fuelled by rising incomes
and falling prices for devices. This should be helped by the entrance of Entel and Viettel into the mobile
market, as the increased competition will benefit uptake in mobile handsets and smartphones. Cheaper
smartphones and wider availability of 3G will also contribute to the strong growth, as players such as
Firefox OS, look to provide lower cost models. Our economic growth outlook sees middle-class incomes

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India Retail Report Q1 2015

India Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: Greater policy certainty and positive regulatory improvements are benefiting the Indian retail
sector, and we believe the economy will sustain robust growth momentum over the coming quarters. The
Indian retail market is entering a period of unprecedented change as online activity escalates, while bricksand-
mortar retailers are increasingly shifting gear to tier 2 and 3 cities, such as Pune, as disposable
income grows among countryside dwellers.
The India Retail Report focuses on household spending on various segments within the retail sector,

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Philippines Retail Report Q1 2015

Philippines Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: Growing disposable incomes are driving sales of non-essential items such as clothing and
furnishings in the Philippines, with the convenience food sector also growing rapidly as urban dwellers
become increasingly wealthy. Additionally, growth is spreading beyond the capital of Manila to other
regions. These factors result in a strong rise in household spending across all retail subsectors in the
Philippines over the next few years. We are particularly positive about the future growth prospects for

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Romania Retail Report Q1 2015

Romania Retail Report Q1 2015

Date Published: Nov 12 2014

BMI View: Romania's retail market saw strong growth in 2014 as total household spending registered an
forecast 5.2% increase. However, BMI anticipates that the spending will decline by approximately 2.0% in
2015 and will not start rebounding by the end of the year. Romania's economy is struggling to grow as a
result of pessimism demonstrated by both consumers and retailers. The construction sector and foreign
direct investment are slowing down and the government is facing challenges to consolidate the budget,

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