Polish large-format store chains should continue to increase their share in the sales of the groceries sector to 50.9% in 2014 from 48.8% last year, according to forecasts of researcher PMR. It forecasts further growth: to 52.2% in 2015 and to 53.3% in 2016.
The analysts stress that the change from smaller shops to state-of-the-art large-format retailers (especially supermarkets and discount shops) has been present for several years now. As a result of their expansion (especially of discount chains, e.g. the market leader – Jeronimo Martins' Biedronka), the total number of grocery shops in Poland has been declining. Among those that disappear from the market are mainly small local shops that face fierce competition from larger peers.
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