Buyer Power and Competition in European Food Retailing

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Food retailing in Europe over the past couple of decades has witnessed the rise of giant corporations controlling large proportions of domestic sales. Four academics, working in the fields of economics and retail strategy, present 13 chapters that examine theoretical and policy issues relevant to buyer power in food retailing; statistical evidence on the structure of food retailing; and case studies on food retailing in France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Originating from a report conducted for the ...
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Overview

Food retailing in Europe over the past couple of decades has witnessed the rise of giant corporations controlling large proportions of domestic sales. Four academics, working in the fields of economics and retail strategy, present 13 chapters that examine theoretical and policy issues relevant to buyer power in food retailing; statistical evidence on the structure of food retailing; and case studies on food retailing in France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Originating from a report conducted for the European Commission under Study Contract IV/98/ETD/078, the contributions collectively find that cross-border operations are expanding, that buyer concentration is for the most part higher than seller concentration, and that mergers are increasing. They suggest that consumers have benefited from this situation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Food retailing in Europe over the past couple of decades has witnessed the rise of giant corporations controlling large proportions of domestic sales. Four academics, working in the fields of economics and retail strategy, present 13 chapters that examine theoretical and policy issues relevant to buyer power in food retailing; statistical evidence on the structure of food retailing; and case studies on food retailing in France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Originating from a report conducted for the European Commission under Study Contract IV/98/ETD/078, the contributions collectively find that cross-border operations are expanding, that buyer concentration is for the most part higher than seller concentration, and that mergers are increasing. They suggest that consumers have benefited from this situation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840646856
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 203

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Theoretical and Policy Underpinnings 7
2 The Economics of Monopsony and Buyer Bargaining Power 9
3 Buyer Power Propositions 21
4 Definition and Measures of Buyer Power 27
5 Competition Policy and Buyer Power 39
Pt. II Statistical Analysis 45
6 An Overview of Market Structure Based on Existing Sources 47
7 The EU Retail Food Market Share Matrix 65
Pt. III Case Studies 99
8 Food Retailing in France 101
9 German Food Retailing 123
10 Food Retailing in Spain 135
11 United Kingdom Food Retailing 151
12 Issues and Lessons Arising from the Case Studies 169
13 Summary and Conclusions 183
App.: Questionnaires and Interviews 191
References 193
Index 197
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