Boston, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/29/2014 -- Grocery retailers in Bosnia-Herzegovina returned to growth in terms of selling space and retail sales during 2013. As weak as the economy was in 2012, it was not the main reason for the decline of grocery retailers. A couple of large retailers underwent a comprehensive restructuring of their businesses in light of industry consolidation processes and new strategic directions: Delhaize closed four hypermarkets and two discounter outlets, Drvopromet was taken over by Mercator BH, Amko Komerc and Skafa took over most of the outlets previously operated by Merkur BH, while NIS Petrol took over forecourt retailer outlets from OMV BH. All these processes and the weak economy resulted in the decline of grocery retailing in 2012. During 2013, there were no major shifts in retailers' activities due to business consolidation and other strategic activities.
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Konzum, Bingo and Mercator were the leading grocery retailers in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013 with value shares of 14%, 8% and 6% respectively. These companies had superior access to financing sources (i.e. cheap long-term loans from EBRD) which they relied on for fuelling growth during the review period.
The trends that shaped grocery retailing in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the review period are expected to continue into the forecast period. Modern grocery retailers will continue to grow while traditional grocery retailers will decline. By 2014, we expect to see modern grocery retailers outgrowing traditional grocery retailers in sales value terms. Further into the forecast period, the decline of traditional retailers is likely to slow down and perhaps reverse as they adapt to the changing environment, either by imitating the modern retailers or by specialising in areas not covered by the modern retailers.
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