• Retail

    Western-style shopping malls are increasingly popular in emerging markets. OBG’s retail sector analysis looks at local demand, shopping habits, opportunities for development in smaller cities, consumer spending power and brand awareness.
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In Qatar, retailers that have successfully weathered the Covid-19 pandemic are now committed to a blended, omnichannel distribution strategy, which involves boosting and expanding their digital offerings while at the same time maintaining a brick-and-mortar footprint.

Mirroring global trends, the coronavirus pandemic led to a rapid increase in online payment activity in Latin America over the course of 2020, turning the region into one of the fastest-growing e-commerce markets in the world.

The Philippines is one of the world’s fastest-growing nations. Although economic activity slowed during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic period, stimulus measures, imminent public sector policies and a larger budget are expected to create jobs, generate growth and help kick-start the country’s recovery during 2021.

 

Which regions hold the most growth potential for the retail sector, and what are the main challenges to expansion across the country?

 

The economy of Papua New Guinea is dominated by its large, labour-intensive agriculture sector and extractive industries, which are mainly focused on oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and various mining activities, including gold copper and silver. The manufacturing sector remains small, generally contributing around less than 2% of GDP, and is...

 

As has been the case worldwide, in the first half of 2020 Papua New Guinea’s retail sector had to contend with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In early February the government began imposing measures to limit the spread of the virus, while simultaneously introducing significant macroeconomic initiatives to support the economy and cushion...

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