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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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  • Eliana Viviano & Luciana Aimone Gigio & Emanuela Ciapanna & Daniele Coin & Fabrizio Colonna & Federica Lagna & Raffaele Santioni, 2012. "The retail trade sector and the food industry in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 119, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_119_12

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    1. Bonanno, Alessandro & Castellari, Elena & Sckokai, Paolo, 2014. "Trade Liberalization and Food Retail Structure: The Italian Case," 2014 Third Congress, June 25-27, 2014, Alghero, Italy 173090, Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA).
    2. Ciapanna, Emanuela & Rondinelli, Concetta, 2014. "Retail market structure and consumer prices in the euro area," Working Paper Series 1744, European Central Bank.

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    retail trade sector; market concentration; price dynamics; buyer power; buying group;

    JEL classification:

    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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