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European Retail Handbook - September 2012s

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This is the 16th edition of the European Retail Handbook. Like its predecessors, it is designed to provide the essential background information to understanding the retail scene in each European country. We cover 36 countries, the smallest of which is Luxembourg with just 500,000 people, around half of which are expatriates. Countries smaller than Luxembourg are unlikely to interest anyone looking across European retailing. There are two countries that are larger but we do not yet cover. They are Montenegro and Kosovo. The former has a population of 620,000, GDP of €3.1 billion and retail sales just short of €1 billion. GDP per capita would put it just above Moldova in the table below. Kosovo is somewhat larger with a population of 1.73 million (ie bigger than Estonia, see below), has GDP of €4 billion and GDP per capita of €2,300, putting it on a par with Ukraine. We will add them in due course. They are interesting for their longer term potential rather than for what they contribute to the pan-European economy at the moment.

The European Retail Handbook provides demographic and economic data in support of specific and detailed analysis of retail trade in each country. The retail information relates to sales at national level and on a key sector basis, as well as the structure of the trade in terms of businesses, outlets and employees. Additionally, major retailers and retail groupings are identified with an indication of their size and relative importance. Other useful information includes synopses of the retail scene in each country and contact points for sources of further information. The statistical information in the Handbook has been derived principally from official national or pan-European sources, while the company data has been obtained either directly from the organisations concerned or through trade press reports and duly acknowledged research bodies. Both have been reinforced by Mintel estimates and projections where necessary and we have made every effort to point out anomalies and differences in methodologies and definitions across the various countries.

Retail sales data and company turnover figures are stated excluding sales tax in order to make the data more comparable. In the majority of cases the presentation of the retail sales figures is straightforward, as the official data is detailed and reliable. There are instances, however, where Mintel has had to use its own estimates and projections to produce credible figures. Countries where official data is lacking or unreliable include Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and some of the Eastern/Central European countries. Retail sales figures are presented up to 2011 for all countries and in most cases we have also included our forecasts for 2012 for the topline figures.

Pan European Comparison
Figure 1: Europe: Population, by country, 2011
Figure 2: Europe: Population, by country, 2011
Figure 3: Europe: GDP by country and per capita, 2011
Figure 4: Europe: GDP per capita, 2011
Consumer expenditure
Figure 5: Europe: Consumer expenditure, by country and per capita, 2011
Figure 6: Europe: Consumer expenditure per capita, 2011
Retail sales
Figure 7: Europe: Retail sales, by country and per capita, 2011
Figure 8: Retail sales per capita, 2011
Exchange rates
Figure 9: Average Annual European Exchange rates: €, £ and $, 2011

The Albanian retail scene Albania in figures Population
Figure 10: Albania: Population trends, 2007-11
Figure 11: Albania: Population, by age group and gender, 2010
Figure 12: Albania: Population, by prefecture, 2011
Figure 13: Albania: Gross domestic product, 2000-11
Figure 14: Albania: Consumer prices, 2007-11
Figure 15: Albania: Final household consumption, 2000-11
Albanian retailing in figures
Figure 16: Albania: Retail sales, 2007-11
Figure 17: Albania: Retail sales, detailed sector performance index, 2005-11
Identified retailers Contacts and sources

The Austrian retail scene Austria in figures Population
Figure 18: Austria: Population trends, 2008-12
Figure 19: Austria: Population, by age group and gender, 2011
Figure 20: Austria: Households 2007-11
Figure 21: Austria: Regions, 2007-11
Figure 22: Austria: Gross domestic product, 2002-11
Figure 23: Austria: Consumer prices inflation, 2007-11
Figure 24: Austria: Households consumption expenditure, 2002-11
Figure 25: Austria: Detailed breakdown of households consumption expenditure, 2007-11
Austrian retailing in figures
Figure 26: Austria: Retail sales, 2007-12
Figure 27: Austria: Retail sales by category, 2008-11
Figure 28: Austria: Retail enterprises and employment by category, 2009 and 2010
Food retailing in Austria
Figure 29: Austria: Food, drink and tobacco retailers’ sales, 2007-11
Figure 30: Austria: Major food retailers, 2011/12
Non-food retailing in Austria
Figure 31: Austria: Mixed goods stores' sales, 2007-11
Figure 32: Austria: Major department and variety store retailers, 2011/12
Figure 33: Austria: Clothing and footwear specialists’ sales, 2007-11
Figure 34: Austria: Major clothing, textiles and footwear retailers, 2011/12
Figure 35: Austria: Household and electricals specialists’ sales, 2008-11
Figure 36: Austria: Major furniture and household goods retailers, 2011/12
Figure 37: Austria: Major DIY retailers, 2011/12
Figure 38: Austria: Health and beauty specialists’ sales, 2007-11
Figure 39: Austria: Major cultural, leisure and other non-food retailers’ sales, 2008-11
Figure 40: Austria: Mail order and other non-store sales, 2008-11
Figure 41: Austria: Major mail order operators, 2011/12
Major retailers in Austria
Figure 42: Leading retailers in the Austrian market, 2011/12
Figure 43: Major Austrian retailers with foreign operations, 2011/12
Major shopping malls
Figure 44: Austria: Leading shopping centres, 2012
Contacts and sources

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European Retail Handbook - September 2012


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