Electrical Goods Retailing - Italy - May 2012
Putting aside Italy’s current financial predicament, the country has fundamental problems in terms of productivity and competitiveness, dragged down by small family companies, entrenched interests and closed-shop professions. The business landscape is dominated by small businesses, which have remained in family ownership and failed to expand, and this has resulted in a lack of capital investment and consequent productivity gains. In retail this has created a relatively fragmented sector. Lower levels of capital investment in the retail sector also result in fewer card-payment points.
What’s more there is the perennial problem of Italy’s north/south divide. The south remains poor and has higher levels of organised crime and corruption. Unemployment, and youth unemployment, is above the national average, and what employment there is is heavily biased towards the public sector. Given the necessary austerity measures being implemented by the government, the south stands to suffer disproportionately.
This report series covers the 19 leading economies of Europe. In total these countries account for around 95% of all European retail sales, excluding Russia. The remaining ten countries are either too small (eg Luxembourg) or are not sufficiently well developed to warrant detailed coverage (eg Romania and Bulgaria). Many of the developing countries plus Russia and Turkey are covered in Mintel’s annual European Retail Handbook, as well as the Mintel report, Retailing in Emerging Markets – Europe, June 2011.
This data in its entirety is contained in the single copy 19-country report, which gives a full overview of electrical goods retailing in Europe. Single country reports are also available for the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
The focus of the full European report is the electrical goods specialists, which are generally the dominant players in the market. We have produced major profiles of 13 top electrical retail businesses in Europe including the four major buying groups.
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