Featured insights and store visits from Africa and Middle East

Understand the trends we expect to see in Africa, from retailers putting a stronger focus on ROI, to providing value and digitising operations, amongst others, that will shape grocery retailing in 2020.

We look at the latest trends set to shape the grocery market in the region over the next 12 months.

Beyond flexing their trading strategies, product suppliers have taken a broader role in supporting the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. In this presentation, we highlight four pillars around which these have been clustered

This guide to South Africa explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the market over the five year forecast period and the growth strategies of country’s leading retailers.

This guide to the UAE explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the market over the five year forecast period and the growth strategies of country’s leading retailers.

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South Africa-based Woolworths has reported a 20-week trading update, saying group sales rose contracted by 2.0% in constant currency terms as restrictions implemented because of COVID-19 affected results. It said restrictions had caused lower footfall at stores that were open, while they led to unplanned store closures too.

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SPAR South Africa has published full year results for the year ending September 2020, saying turnover rose 13.5% to ZAR124.3 bn (US$8.1 bn). The company’s operating profit increased by 15.6% to ZAR3.4 bn (US$220.6m), with its profitability ‘ positively impacted by a change in sales mix as increased home consumption drove higher-margin grocery and fresh categories ’. ‘ A year in crisis ’ SPA...
Shoprite has reported sales growth of 3% in the first quarter of 2021, a performance that was heavily impacted by restrictions on its business in South Africa due to COVID-19. The results were a marked slowdown on its performance in the same quarter in 2019, when sales grew by 7.3%. Shoprite sees sales growth slow in Q1… Shoprite reported total sales growth of 6.0%, excluding its LiquorShop...
Following updates from South Africa-based Woolworths and Walmart-owned Massmart, we round up news from the retailers. Woolworths SA invests in prices… Woolworths is to invest ZAR1.0 bn (US$61.4m) in prices over the next two to three years. ZAR750m (US$46.0m) will be invested in its food business and ZAR250m (US$15.3m) in its fashion business. In the first phase Woolworths will invest ZAR500...

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Presentations

11/06/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a seismic shift in how people live their lives. Health and wellbeing is playing more of a central role than ever before as people prioritise staying safe and well. In this report we focus on six hypotheses for how health and wellness trends may develop in the future. We showcase examples from around the world where things are changing as a result of the pandemic and consider what trends we saw before COVID-19.
02/04/2020
Beyond flexing their trading strategies, product suppliers have taken a broader role in supporting the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. In this presentation, we highlight four pillars around which these have been clustered
16/03/2020
This guide to South Africa explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the market over the five year forecast period and the growth strategies of country’s leading retailers.
12/03/2020
This figures-driven deck summarises the forecast for the African and Middle Eastern grocery markets to 2024 and comes complete with a dataset.
11/03/2020
This guide to Saudi Arabia explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the market over the five year forecast period and the growth strategies of country’s leading retailers.
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In this report we focus on six hypotheses for how health and wellness trends may develop in the future.

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