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Food Retailing - Italy - November 2010

  • Economic recovery in Italy is forecast to be slow, with GDP growth of around 1% expected for 2010 and 2011 with only a small increase in growth thereafter.
  • Austerity measures, coupled with rising unemployment, are likely to continue to put pressure on consumer spending over the next few years, although the impact will be felt most keenly in discretionary areas.
  • The retail sector is forecast to remain flat in 2010, before growth of less than 1% in 2011.
  • Mintel forecasts positive food retail sales growth of 0.7% in 2010, and 1.5% in 2011, narrowly outperforming retail sales as a whole.
  • We forecast that food retail sales will see a compound annual growth rate of 2.5% during the period 2010-15, to reach €113.8 billion by 2015.
  • Food retail sales fell by 0.2% in 2009, following only very minor positive growth, of 0.5%, in 2008.
  • Consumer spending on food, beverages and tobacco contracted by 1.3% in 2009 following positive growth of 2.5% in 2008. However, total consumer spending contracted by 1.9% in 2009, indicating an outperformance by the food, beverage and tobacco sector.
  • The food retail sector remains fragmented, with the leading five retailers taking a combined market share of just under 38%.
  • Domestic players lead. Coop Italia is the market leader, with a market share of 11.1%. The Conad buying group is in second place, with 8.2% market share.
  • International operators including Carrefour, Auchan, Spar, Rewe and Lidl are present – but only Carrefour is in the top five food retailers and its market share has been slipping.
  • Discounters performed well in 2009, driven by a substantial increase in total discount store numbers, while convenience stores struggled as consumers sought cheaper outlets.

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Table of contents

  1. Market in Brief

    • Report Scope

        • Technical notes
          • Definitions
            • Store definitions
              • Financial definitions
                • Currencies
                  • Figure 1: Exchange rates, € to other European currencies, 2004-08
                • Country codes
                  • Figure 2: Country codes
                • VAT
                  • Figure 3: Europe: Standard VAT rates, 2008
              • Broader Market Environment

                  • Key points
                    • The economy
                        • Figure 4: Italy: Consumer confidence seasonally adjusted, Oct 2008-Oct 2010
                      • Implications for food retailers
                        • Population
                          • Figure 5: Italy: Population projections, by age group, 2010-30 (f)
                        • Implications for food retailers
                        • Competitive Context

                          • Key points
                              • Figure 6: Italy: Consumer expenditure on food, beverages and tobacco, 2005-09
                            • Food spending relatively robust
                                • Figure 7: Italy, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, UK, France: Consumer expenditure on food, beverages and tobacco as a percentage of total consumer expenditure, 2007-09
                              • Inflation eases – for now
                                • Figure 8: Italy: Consumer price inflation for selected categories, 2005-09
                            • Sector Size and Forecast

                              • Key points
                                • Italy’s gradual economic recovery
                                  • Figure 9: Italy, France, Germany, Spain, UK: Forecast growth in GDP in constant prices, 2010-12
                                • Weak growth seen in food retail
                                  • Figure 10: Italy: Retail sales, 2005-09 and 2010-15 (f)
                                • Food retailers’ prospects
                                    • Figure 11: Italy: Food specialists’ retail sales as a percentage of all food retail sales, 2005-15 (f)
                                  • Enterprise data
                                    • Figure 12: Italy: Grocers’ outlet numbers by format, 2007-09
                                    • Figure 13: Retail enterprises, 2003-07
                                    • Figure 14: Retail employment, by sector, 2003-07
                                • Retail Competitor Analysis

                                  • Key points
                                    • Domestic leadership
                                      • French retailers stagnate
                                        • Other international operators
                                          • Leading retailers
                                            • Figure 15: Italy: Leading food retailers, 2009/10
                                          • Market shares
                                            • Figure 16: Italy: Leading food retailers, market shares, 2009/10
                                            • Figure 17: Italy: Market share trends for selected food retailers, 2007-09
                                        • Auchan

                                            • Figure 18: Auchan: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Europe, 2005-09
                                            • Figure 19: Auchan: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in France, 2005-09
                                            • Figure 20: Auchan: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Spain, 2005-09
                                          • Strategic evaluation
                                            • Margins under pressure from deflation
                                              • Russian market shows promise
                                                • Wider format experimentation has dangers
                                                  • Recent history
                                                    • Financial performance
                                                        • Figure 21: Auchan: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                      • Results for the first half of 2010
                                                        • Figure 22: Auchan: Estimated European sales, by country, 2005-09
                                                        • Figure 23: Auchan: Share of group sales, by region, 2005-09
                                                      • Store portfolio
                                                          • Figure 24: Auchan: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                        • Retail offering
                                                          • Brands
                                                            • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                            • Carrefour

                                                                • Figure 25: Carrefour: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Europe, 2005-09
                                                              • Strategic evaluation
                                                                • Recent history
                                                                  • Financial performance
                                                                      • Figure 26: Carrefour: Breakdown of European sales, 2009
                                                                      • Figure 27: Carrefour: Total sales growth rates, by country, 2005-08 and 2005-09
                                                                      • Figure 28: Carrefour: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                    • Consumer sales
                                                                      • Figure 29: Carrefour: Sales through branded network, group total and Europe, 2005-09
                                                                    • First half 2010
                                                                      • Store portfolio
                                                                          • Figure 30: Carrefour: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                        • European operations
                                                                          • France
                                                                            • Figure 31: Carrefour: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in France, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 32: Carrefour France: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 33: Carrefour France: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                          • Belgium
                                                                            • Figure 34: Carrefour Belgium: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Belgium, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 35: Carrefour Belgium: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 36: Carrefour Belgium: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                          • Greece
                                                                            • Figure 37: Carrefour Greece: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Greece, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 38: Carrefour Greece: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 39: Carrefour Greece: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                          • Italy
                                                                            • Figure 40: Carrefour Italy: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Italy, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 41: Carrefour Italy: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 42: Carrefour Italy: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                          • Poland
                                                                            • Figure 43: Carrefour Poland: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Poland, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 44: Carrefour Poland: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 45: Carrefour Poland: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                          • Portugal
                                                                            • Figure 46: Carrefour Portugal: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Portugal, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 47: Carrefour Portugal: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 48: Carrefour Portugal: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                          • Romania
                                                                            • Figure 49: Carrefour Romania: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Romania, 2006-09
                                                                            • Figure 50: Carrefour Romania: Group financial performance and outlet data, 2006-09
                                                                          • Spain
                                                                            • Figure 51: Carrefour Spain: Sales as share of all food retailers’ sales in Spain, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 52: Carrefour Spain: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                            • Figure 53: Carrefour Spain: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                          • Turkey
                                                                              • Figure 54: Carrefour Turkey: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                              • Figure 55: Carrefour Turkey: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                            • Retail offering
                                                                              • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                              • Rewe

                                                                                  • Figure 56: Rewe: Share of all European food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                  • Figure 57: Rewe: Share of all German food retailers’ sales, 2006-09
                                                                                • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                  • Recent history
                                                                                    • Financial performance
                                                                                        • Figure 58: Rewe: Group financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                                        • Figure 59: Rewe: Estimated Food retail sales, by country, 2009
                                                                                      • Store portfolio
                                                                                          • Figure 60: Rewe: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                                          • Figure 61: Rewe: Food retail formats in Germany, 2009/10
                                                                                          • Figure 62: Rewe: International food formats, 2009/10
                                                                                        • Retail offering
                                                                                          • Market positioning
                                                                                            • E-commerce and home shopping
                                                                                            • Schwarz Group

                                                                                                • Figure 63: Schwarz Group: Sales as share of all food retailers sales in Europe, 2005-09
                                                                                              • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                • Limitations at home
                                                                                                  • But further opportunities abroad
                                                                                                    • Smaller format
                                                                                                      • Straying too far from its roots?
                                                                                                        • Recent history
                                                                                                          • Financial performance
                                                                                                              • Figure 64: Schwarz Group: Estimated Group sales performance, 2005/06-2009/10
                                                                                                            • Store portfolio
                                                                                                              • Figure 65: Schwarz Group: Estimated outlet numbers, 2005/06-2009/10
                                                                                                              • Figure 66: Schwarz Group: Store formats, 2010
                                                                                                            • Retail offering
                                                                                                              • e-commerce
                                                                                                              • SPAR International

                                                                                                                  • Figure 67: SPAR (Europe): Sales as share of all European food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                  • History
                                                                                                                    • Figure 68: SPAR International: Year of entry, by country
                                                                                                                  • Financial performance
                                                                                                                      • Figure 69: SPAR International: Retail sales by country, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 70: SPAR International: Estimated European sales exclusive of sales tax, 2009
                                                                                                                    • European operations
                                                                                                                      • Figure 71: SPAR (Austria): Sales as share of Austrian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 72: SPAR (Belgium): Sales as share of all Belgian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 73: SPAR (Croatia): Sales as share of all Croatian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 74: SPAR (Czech Republic): Sales as share of all Czech food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 75: SPAR (Denmark): Sales as share of all Danish food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 76: SPAR (France): Sales as share of all French food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 77: SPAR (Germany): Sales as share of all German food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 78: SPAR (Greece): Sales as share of all Greek food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 79: SPAR (Hungary): Sales as share of all Hungarian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 80: SPAR (Ireland): Sales as share of all Irish food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 81: SPAR (Italy): Sales as share of all Italian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 82: SPAR (Netherlands): Sales as share of all Dutch food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 83: SPAR (Norway): Sales as share of all Norwegian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 84: SPAR (Poland): Sales as share of all Polish food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 85: SPAR (Romania): Sales as share of all Romanian food retailers’ sales, 2006-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 86: SPAR (Russia): Sales as share of all Russian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 87: SPAR (Slovenia): Sales as share of all Slovenian food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 88: SPAR (Spain): Sales as share of all Spanish food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 89: SPAR (Switzerland): Sales as share of all Swiss food retailers’ sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 90: SPAR (UK): Sales as share of all UK food retailers’ sales, 2004-08
                                                                                                                      • Figure 91: SPAR International: Sales and outlets, by country outside Europe, 2006-09
                                                                                                                    • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                      • Figure 92: SPAR International: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Figure 93: SPAR International: Sales per m², by country (Europe), 2009
                                                                                                                      • Figure 94: SPAR International: Store formats, 2009
                                                                                                                    • Retail offering
                                                                                                                      • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                                                                      • Appendix – Broader Market Environment

                                                                                                                        • Population
                                                                                                                          • Figure 95: Europe top 5: Population breakdown, by age group, 2005
                                                                                                                          • Figure 96: Europe top 5: Population breakdown, by age group, 2010
                                                                                                                          • Figure 97: Europe top 5: Population breakdown, by age group, 2015
                                                                                                                          • Figure 98: Europe top 5: Population breakdown, by age group, 2020
                                                                                                                        • GDP
                                                                                                                          • Figure 99: Europe top 5: GDP (in current prices) 2000-Q2 2010
                                                                                                                          • Figure 100: Europe top 5: GDP growth rates (in constant prices), 2000-Q2 2010
                                                                                                                        • Consumer spending
                                                                                                                          • Figure 101: Europe top 5: Consumer spending (in current prices) 2001-09
                                                                                                                          • Figure 102: Europe top 5: Consumer spending growth rates (in constant prices) 2001-09
                                                                                                                        • Consumer prices
                                                                                                                          • Figure 103: Europe top 5: Consumer prices, 2001-Q3 2010
                                                                                                                        • Food consumer prices
                                                                                                                          • Figure 104: Europe top 5: Consumer prices for food, 2001-October 2010
                                                                                                                        • Unemployment
                                                                                                                          • Figure 105: Europe top 5: Average rate of unemployment, 2001-Q2 2010
                                                                                                                        • Interest rates
                                                                                                                          • Figure 106: UK and Eurozone: Interest rates, 2004-Q1 2010
                                                                                                                        • Consumer confidence
                                                                                                                          • Figure 107: Europe top 5: Consumer confidence, January 2009-June 2010

                                                                                                                      Food Retailing - Italy - November 2010

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