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The Development Of The Czech Retailing Sector


  • Jitka Odehnalova

    () (University of Economics, Prague, Faculty of International Relations)

  • Dana Zadrazilova

    () (University of Economics, Prague, Faculty of International Relations)

  • Premysl Prusa


More than one year ago the Czech Republic joined the European Union. After a period of hectic preparation and investment, many companies made the best of an easier access to new markets. Other firms, on the contrary, passed a year of a deep disillusionment discovering that the world is not waiting for them and they have to fight hard for a position on the markets. Each further day the often proved truth is more and more significant, that the production is only one part of a “consumption process” and it is easier to produce than to sell goods, while competition among retailers is becoming stronger and stronger. A characteristic feature of the Czech retail industries is the phenomenon of bargain-basement pricing at present. Growing sense of nervousness among suppliers and also slower growth – in many cases, stagnation – of suppliers’ turnover is caused by an uncompromising attempt to sell at the lowest possible price combined with on-going consolidation and competition between individual chains and retail formats. The most popular type of outlet is represented by hypermarkets. Supermarkets and other types of outlets are on the contrary going through the period in the doldrums, some of them are loosing market share. All of them are now facing the main question-how to attract customers.

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  • Jitka Odehnalova & Dana Zadrazilova & Premysl Prusa, 2006. "The Development Of The Czech Retailing Sector," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 8(20), pages 38-49, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:amfeco:v:8:y:2006:i:20:p:38-49

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    1. Fritz, Martin & Koch, Max, 2014. "Potentials for prosperity without growth: Ecological sustainability, social inclusion and the quality of life in 38 countries," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 191-199.
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    Macroeconomic Situation; Retail Network; Food Prevailing Chains; Non Food Chains; Customer's Behavior;

    JEL classification:

    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce


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