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The retail trade sector and the food industry in Italy

  • Eliana Viviano

    ()

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Luciana Aimone Gigio

    ()

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Emanuela Ciapanna

    ()

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Daniele Coin

    ()

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Fabrizio Colonna

    ()

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Federica Lagna

    ()

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Raffaele Santioni

    ()

    (Banca d'Italia)

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).

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) with number 119.

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