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Vehicle sales in Nigeria are growing rapidly, with automakers seeing double-digit growth over the past year. In order to capture more demand, firms are looking to expand retail detailerships while some are even attempting local assembly. The government has taken steps to support domestic production, but investors say that without greater protections...

With the largest population in Africa and one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, Nigeria has emerged as a prime market for international retailers targeting its 168.8m citizens as potential consumers of processed foods, mobile phones and cars. While almost all retail is currently conducted in informal markets, international chains are...

Chapter | Retail from The Report: Nigeria 2013

With the largest population in Africa and one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, Nigeria has emerged as a prime market. According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, retail and wholesale trade totalled $45.55bn in 2012, or 17% of GDP. Retailers have found it expensive to operate locally given the need to generate power independently, which necessitates the purchase of both generators and...

As the single most populous nation in Africa, Nigeria recently overtook South Africa as the largest economy on the continent. Natural resources, oil and gas in particular, comprise the country’s single largest revenue-earner but the 170m person economy also has seen significant activity in recent years into the industrial, financial, telecoms and – as of 2013 – power sectors.

With the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) recording a real GDP growth rate, on an aggregatebasis, of 7.13% in the first quarter of 2011, and a slightly lower 6.17% for the same quarter in 2012, Nigeria boasts the continent’s second-largest economy after South Africa. Africa’s largest oil producer, Nigeria is the third-largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the continent after Angola  and Egypt, according to the US Diplomatic Mission.

Lured by its clear potential – a large population, positive macro-economic growth and a strong appetite for consumer goods – chains both foreign and local are dramatically expanding their domestic retail footprint.

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