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Structural features of distributive trades and their impact on prices in the euro area


  • Kivistö, Jarkko
  • Bardet-Fremann, Pierre-Michel
  • Panagiotou, Stelios
  • Vladova, Zornitsa
  • Tsalinski, Tsvetan
  • Page, Adrian
  • Komzakova, Magdalena
  • Kaarup, Ri
  • Ervens, Sabine
  • Berardi, Nicoletta
  • Ciapanna, Emanuela
  • Karma, Branislav
  • Gabrijelcic, Mateja
  • Cardoso, Fatima
  • Fritzer, Friedrich
  • Kieft, Jasper
  • Zefara, Sandra
  • Kapatais, Demetris
  • Rondinelli, Concetta
  • de los Llanos Matea, María
  • Hartmann, Christin
  • Sullivan, Claudia
  • Stahl, Harald
  • Álvarez, Luis J.
  • Landau, Bettina
  • Mohr, Matthias
  • Vermeulen, Philip
  • Sevestre, Patrick
  • Lünnemann, Patrick
  • Cornille, David
  • Meyler, Aidan
  • Pace, Christopher
  • Jarvis, Valerie
  • Walch, Erik
  • Balfoussia, Hiona
  • Gattini, Luca
  • Linehan, Suzanne
  • Sondermann, David
  • Izquierdo, Mario
  • Anderton, Robert


The distributive trades sector, which is primarily accounted for by wholesale and retail trade, is not only economically important in its own right, but also relevant to monetary policy. Ultimately, it is retailers who set the actual prices of most consumer goods. They are the main interface between producers of consumer goods and consumers, with around half of private consumption accounted for by retail trade. The JEL Classification: E58, F41

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  • Kivistö, Jarkko & Bardet-Fremann, Pierre-Michel & Panagiotou, Stelios & Vladova, Zornitsa & Tsalinski, Tsvetan & Page, Adrian & Komzakova, Magdalena & Kaarup, Ri & Ervens, Sabine & Berardi, Nicoletta , 2011. "Structural features of distributive trades and their impact on prices in the euro area," Occasional Paper Series 128, European Central Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbops:2011128
    Note: 1725820

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    competition; distributive trades; monetary policy; prices; retail trades;

    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics


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