Newly released market study: Colombia Retail Report Q3 2016

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Thu Jul 07 2016

While Colombia's economy possesses strong growth potential, headwinds are lingering throughout 2016 , resulting in lower commodity prices and a weak peso. This has dented consumer confidence and spending levels , which is in turn affecting the retail sector. High inflation will also force households to delay larger purchases till conditions stabilise. We expect the macroeconomic environment to improve considerably towards the end of 2016 and into 2017.

Key Views And Developments

Ripley, a Chilean retailer, and one of the two largest department store chains in Colombia, has announced that it would be leaving the country after accumulating USD27mn in losses in 2014 alone due to unexpected macroeconomic shifts. The firm operated six stores in Colombia.

Grupo Uribe, one of the major franchise operators in Colombia, closed all of its 12 Mango stores in the country, quoting allegedly unfair competition as the reason for exit.

In response to growing inflationary pressure, Colombia's central bank raised the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 7.25% at the end of May. The tightening comes after the decline of peso prompted prices to rise.

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Weak peso will continue to have a commanding effect on total household spending in 2016 as the figure is projected to decline by 3.1% in dollar terms. In terms of local currency, nominal increase in household expenditures will rise by 9.2% this year.

Improved economy will lay foundations for decline in unemployment and rise in household incomes, as the number of households in the USD10,000-plus income bracket expands by an average of 16.9% annually.

The Colombia Retail Report has been researched at source and features BMI Research's independent assessment and forecasts for the retail sector. The report examines key drivers of retail sales growth and future prospects, including consumer spending and private sector investment.

BMI's Colombia Retail Report also examines the level of development and potential for growth of the retail sector, the commercial initiatives of major players, changing consumer demographics that influence demand and the regulatory environment. Key sub-sectors include mass grocery retail, autos, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, computers and consumer electronics.

Key Benefits
Benchmark BMI's independent retail industry forecasts for Colombia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Colombian retail market.
Target business opportunities and risks in Colombia through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key forecasts and industry analysis, plus a discussion of major industry developments and a snapshot of key short-term demand-driving macroeconomic movements.

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