The Global Retail Sector

Internationalization processes for large-scale distribution are slowing down growth and making investments in the sector, for groups like Carrefour and Rewe, more targeted. Most of the focus has fallen on emerging economies including those of Latin America, China, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Mongolia, Georgia and Armenia according to consulting firm A.T. Kearney in the most recent edition of its Global Retail Development Index, featured in an article published by GIFT Media Partner Distribuzione Moderna. Brazil, Chile and Uruguay are the most promising markets in terms of returns for large-scale distribution. The first of these tops the list with retail spending set to increase by 11% this year compared to 2012, with the country’s middle class climbing to 113 million people in 2014 (56% of the population). There is also growing attention placed on Sub-Saharan Africa, where other countries like Botswana and Namibia hold promise.
However, the breaks have been thrown on the expansion of investments in the EU. From a qualitative point of view the most popular global model is that of large shopping centres, for which emerging economies with fewer areas of historic interest, together with lower land and construction costs, prove more competitive than Europe.