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Overview & Evolution of the Global Retail Industry

Overview & Evolution of the Global Retail Industry

The global retail sector is estimated to have achieved revenues of US$ 22.6 trillion in 2015 and should continue to rise to US$ 28 trillion by 2019, with average annual growth rate of 3.8% since 2008. The sector represents 31% of the world’s GDP and employs billions of people throughout the globe. Hyper and supermarkets account for 35% of retail direct sales with USA and China at the forefront. E-commerce is expected to show a CAGR of 23% between 2012 and 2019 in revenue and 12% for e-consumers. Mobile share in e-commerce reaches 29% in certain countries and has been growing fast but there is still room for growth, with desktops still representing the majority of devices used for online shopping. In terms of market trends, specific consumer behaviour such as over-connectivity and the pursuit of healthier lifestyles are expected to shape the market in coming years.


The report was produced using primary and secondary information, desk research and interviews with sector experts and associations.

1. Overview of the global retail sector
Brief overview of retail and commerce in the world
Evolution of global retail sales and share on global GDP (2008-2015)
Evolution of retail direct sales in the world (2008-2015)
Revenue per seller and consumption growth per region (2008-2015)
Global retail sales geographic and product breakdown (2010 vs. 2015)
Country ranking of top 20 in revenue and revenue per seller (2014)
Consumer price evolution across regions and compound inflation (2000-2014)
Evolution of the global foreign trade balance and main players (2010-2015)
2. Overview of the main players in the global retail sector
Main retail groups in the world according to revenue, margin & growth in 2015
Geographic breakdown of global retail revenues and physical stores in 2015
Revenue growth for top 16 retail groups in the world (2009 vs. 2015)
Bubble chart of growth vs. margin for the top 15 retailers in 2015
Bubble chart of Ebitda vs. ROE for the top 15 retailers in 2015
Breakdown of the top 250 global retailers according to product category
Retail industry breakdown into formats according to regions in 2015
Global retail breakdown into regions and product segments in 2015
Sector breakdown of the top 50 retail companies in the world in 2015
3. Evolution of the online retail (e-commerce) segment
Evolution of the global e-commerce (online retail) sector
Geographic breakdown and penetration of e-commerce (2014-2019)
Top 10 e-commerce countries in online retail sales in 2015
Online purchase intention growth rates per product (2011 vs. 2014 vs. 2016)
Overview of the online retail customer profile in the world in 2015/2016
Online retail performance according to device and platform in 2015
Mobile commerce relevance in the global ecommerce market
4. Overview of the European retail market
Evolution of retail direct sales and direct sellers (2008-2015)
Overview of European retail direct sales market evolution (2008-2015)
European retail sales breakdown per product and country (2010 vs. 2015)
European retail direct sellers gender, selling methods and engagement
Overview of European retail donations to charities in 2014
5. Main consumer trends for the global retail market
Main trends for the global retail market: buying time
Main trends for the global retail market: challenging ageing
Main trends for the global retail market: changemakers
Main trends for the global retail market: greener foods
Main trends for the global retail market: over-connected consumers
Main trends for the global retail market: shopping for control
Main trends for the global retail market: spending singles
Main trends for the global retail market: personalisation

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