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The European retail grocery market overview
- Perkins, B.
- British food journal 2001 v.103 no.10 pp. 744-748
- food industry, supermarkets, retail marketing, mergers, grocery stores, Europe
- Reviews the state of the retail grocery market in Europe in 2001. Comments that although the food retailing sector is falling as a percentage of overall retail sales across Europe, this is because of greater amounts of disposable income being spent on non-essential services and goods. Reflects on previous assertions that the arrival of Wal-Mart in Europe would begin a wave of consolidation. Goes on to discuss the mergers that have taken place recently and also the other types of joint ventures and alliances that have emerged. Views Wal-Mart as a potential predator in the major European markets, but also discusses the successes of other chains such as Carrefour, Ahold and Metro.