The Retail Trade Sector and the Food Industry in Italy

154 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2012

Date Written: March 19, 2012

Abstract

In this collection of papers we first analyze the evolution of the Italian food industry and the retail trade sector during the past decade (Chapters 1 and 2). Chapter 3 describes the structure of large retailers and buying groups in Italy. Chapter 4 proposes alternative measures of the degree of concentration of retail trade at the local level. Chapter 5 summarizes the main features of national and local regulations governing retail trade and proposes a set of indicators of regional liberalization. We then examine the relationship between large retailers and small firms in the Italian food industry, with a brief account of possible effects on the industry’s structure and on prices (Chapter 6), and the effects of local retail trade concentration on product variety and price rigidity (Chapter 7).

Keywords: retail trade sector, market concentration, price dynamics, buyer power, buying group

JEL Classification: L81, L11, L51

Suggested Citation

Viviano, Eliana and Aimone Gigio, Luciana and Ciapanna, Emanuela and Coin, Daniele and Colonna, Fabrizio and Lagna, Federica and Santioni, Raffaele, The Retail Trade Sector and the Food Industry in Italy (March 19, 2012). Bank of Italy Occasional Paper No. 119, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2045591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2045591

Eliana Viviano (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

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Luciana Aimone Gigio

Bank of Italy ( email )

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Italy

Emanuela Ciapanna

Bank of Italy ( email )

Research Department
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Italy
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Daniele Coin

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Fabrizio Colonna

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Federica Lagna

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Raffaele Santioni

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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