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Retailing in Saudi Arabia

  • ID: 238090
  • Report
  • Region: Saudi Arabia
  • 131 pages
  • Euromonitor International
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2018 was marked by economic slowdown in Saudi Arabia, following various economic reforms and restructuring. The introduction of Value Added Tax at the beginning of 2018 in addition to other measures such as an increase in dependent fees for expatriates, resulted in a higher cost of living for the latter group in the country. This resulted in many expatriates sending their families back to their home countries.

The Retailing in Saudi Arabia report offers insight into key trends and developments driving the industry. The report examines all retail channels to provide sector insight. Channels include hypermarkets, supermarkets, discounters, convenience stores, mixed retailers, health and beauty retailers, clothing and footwear retailers, furniture and furnishing stores, DIY and hardware stores, durable goods retailers, leisure and personal goods retailers. There are profiles of leading retailers, with analysis of their performance and the challenges they face. There is also analysis of non-store retailing: vending; homeshopping; internet retailing; direct selling, as available.

Product coverage: Non-Store Retailing, Store-based Retailing.

Data coverage: market sizes (historic and forecasts), company shares, brand shares and distribution data.

Why buy this report?
  • Get a detailed picture of the Retailing market;
  • Pinpoint growth sectors and identify factors driving change;
  • Understand the competitive environment, the market’s major players and leading brands;
  • Use five-year forecasts to assess how the market is predicted to develop.
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RETAILING IN SAUDI ARABIA
January 2019

List of Contents and Tables
Executive Summary
Retailing Impacted by Economic Restructuring
Discounters Posts Robust Value Growth Compared To Competitors
Key Developments in Online Payments Infrastructure and Solutions To Facilitate Growth of Internet Retailing
Saudization Impacts Workforce and Operations in Retailing
Retail Growth To Stabilise Over the Forecast Period
Operating Environment
Informal Retailing
Opening Hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type
Physical Retail Landscape
Cash and Carry
Seasonality
Payments and Delivery
Emerging Business Models
Market Data
Table 1 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 2 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 4 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 5 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 6 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 7 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 8 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 9 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 10 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 12 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 14 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 16 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 18 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 20 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 22 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 26 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 28 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 29 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 30 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 31 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 32 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 33 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 34 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 35 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 36 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 37 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 38 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 39 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 40 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 41 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 42 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 43 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 44 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 45 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 46 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 47 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 48 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 49 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 50 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 51 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 52 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 53 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 54 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 55 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 61 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 67 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Definitions
Sources
Summary 2 Research Sources
Headlines
Prospects
Convenience Stores Offers Mix of Players in Saudi Arabia
Convenience Stores To Benefit As Oil-based Companies Focus on Ancillary Revenues
Location Is the Key for Convenience Stores
Competitive Landscape
Meed Leads Fragmented Convenience Store Landscape
Savola Group Struggles in Convenience Stores
Channel Becomes Attractive To International Players
Channel Data
Table 72 Convenience Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 73 Convenience Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 74 Convenience Stores GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 75 Convenience Stores GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 76 Convenience Stores LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 77 Convenience Stores LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 78 Convenience Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 79 Convenience Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Discounters Becomes Attractive During Periods of Economic Restructuring
Bigger Households and Lower Average Incomes Open Potential for Discounters
Efficient Category Assortment - An Important Factor To Maintain Low Costs
Competitive Landscape
Al Dukan Is the Sole Discounter
Frequent Promotions in Hypermarkets Impact Sales of Discounters
Channel Data
Table 80 Discounters: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2014-2018
Table 81 Discounters: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2014-2018
Table 82 Discounters GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 83 Discounters GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 84 Discounters LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 85 Discounters LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 86 Discounters Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 87 Discounters Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Development of Modern Grocery Retailers Favours Outlet Growth of Hypermarkets
Hypermarket Players Keen To Strengthen Online Presence
Female Workforce in Retail Through Saudization To Support New Product Categories
Competitive Landscape
Panda Retail Co Continues To Lead Hypermarkets
Emke Group Remains Popular Among Asian Expatriates
International Players Enter Hypermarkets Despite Economic Slowdown
Channel Data
Table 88 Hypermarkets: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 89 Hypermarkets: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 90 Hypermarkets GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 91 Hypermarkets GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 92 Hypermarkets LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 93 Hypermarkets LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 94 Hypermarkets Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 95 Hypermarkets Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Supermarkets Continues To Expand Despite Economic Slowdown
Supermarkets Expected To Be Key Grocery Channel Over the Forecast Period
Supermarkets To Target Niche Segments
Competitive Landscape
Abdullah Al-othaim Markets Continues To Lead Supermarkets in 2018
New Entrants Target Niche Segments
Emergence of Tech Start-ups To Open Avenues for Delivery Services
Channel Data
Table 96 Supermarkets: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 97 Supermarkets: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 98 Supermarkets GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 99 Supermarkets GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 100 Supermarkets LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 101 Supermarkets LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 102 Supermarkets Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 103 Supermarkets Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Traditional Grocery Retailers Declines Due To Growth of Modern Format
Saudization Impacts Smaller Grocer Retailers Run by Expatriates
Traditional Grocery Retailers Remains Strong Player for Sales of Specialised Items
Competitive Landscape
Saadeddin Pastry Co Retains Lead of Traditional Grocery Retailers in 2018
Traditional Channel Remains Highly Fragmented
Channel Data
Table 104 Traditional Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 105 Traditional Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 106 Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 107 Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 108 Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 109 Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 110 Traditional Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 111 Traditional Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 112 Traditional Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 113 Traditional Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 114 Traditional Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 115 Traditional Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 116 Forecast Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 117 Forecast Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 118 Forecast Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 119 Forecast Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Reduced Customer Spending Due To Economic Slowdown Favours Growth of Value Brands
Retail Salesforce Changing Due To New Saudization Rules
Social Media and Western Fashion Influence Consumer Trends and Choices
Competitive Landscape
Continuing Dominance of Key Franchisers
Players Conduct Constant Promotions To Remain Competitive
Internet Retailing To Impact Sales of Store-based Retailers
Channel Data
Table 120 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 121 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 122 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 123 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 124 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 125 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 126 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 127 Apparel And Footwear Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Implementation of Vat Rationalises Household Spending on Electronics
Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers Develop Online Capabilities
Instalment Payments Remain Popular
Competitive Landscape
United Electronics Continues To Lead
United Yousef M Naghi Co Ltd Becomes Franchisee for Lg
E-max of Landmark Group Closes Its Stores in Saudi Arabia
Channel Data
Table 128 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 129 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 130 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 131 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 132 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 133 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 134 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 135 Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
First "smart" Pharmacy Inaugurated in Saudi Arabia
Active Participation From Global Beauty and Wellness Brands in Key Trade Shows
More Active Social Role of Women To Recover Demand
Competitive Landscape
Al Nahdi Leads Competitive Chemists/pharmacies Landscape
Al Dawaa Medical Services Offers Strong Competition
Arabian Oud Co and Abdus Samad Al Qureshi Continue To Lead Beauty Specialists
Channel Data
Table 136 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 137 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 138 Sales in Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 139 Sales in Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 140 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 141 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 142 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 143 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 144 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 145 Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 146 Forecast Sales in Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 147 Forecast Sales in Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Upcoming Mega Projects To Retrieve Confidence in Channel
Consumer Preferences Shift Towards Contemporary Designs
Sales and Promotions Drive Unit Prices Lower
Competitive Landscape
Ikea Retains Channel Leadership
Al Futtaim Group Launches Homeworks in Saudi Arabia
Saco Retains Lead of Home Improvement and Gardening Stores
Channel Data
Table 148 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 149 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 150 Sales in Home and Garden Specialist Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 151 Sales in Home and Garden Specialist Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 152 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 153 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 154 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 155 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 156 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 157 Home and Garden Specialist Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 158 Forecast Sales in Home and Garden Specialist Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 159 Forecast Sales in Home and Garden Specialist Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Declining Value Sales for Department Stores
Franchising Continues To Be A Preferred Mode of Entry for International Players
Department Stores Acts As Attractive Entry Point for International Cosmetics Brands
Competitive Landscape
Al Bandar Trading Co Strengthens Its Lead of Department Stores
Redtag Offers Highest Number of Outlets
Local Department Stores Remain Popular Despite Economic Challenges
Channel Data
Table 160 Department Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 161 Department Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 162 Department Stores GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 163 Department Stores GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 164 Department Stores LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 165 Department Stores LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 166 Department Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 167 Department Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Variety Stores A Popular Channel for Non-grocery Household Items
Asian Products Continue To Dominate With Innovative Design, Functionality and Cheaper Prices
Social Media Strengthens Demand for Variety Store Products
Competitive Landscape
Leading Variety Store Daiso To Experience Competition From New Entrants
Hazaz and Similar Local Variety Stores Are Widely Popular
Online Platforms To Compete With Variety Stores
Channel Data
Table 168 Variety Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 169 Variety Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 170 Variety Stores GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 171 Variety Stores GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 172 Variety Stores LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 173 Variety Stores LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 174 Variety Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 175 Variety Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Prospects
Headlines
Prospects
Direct Selling Struggles To Retain Employees and Is Challenged by Other Channels
Food and Drink Direct Selling To Improve Over Forecast Period
Direct Selling Beauty Brands Resort To Advertising on Social Media Platforms
Competitive Landscape
Al Manhal Water Factory Continues To Lead Direct Selling
Avon Is the Largest Direct Selling Beauty Brand in Saudi Arabia
Channel Data
Table 176 Direct Selling by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 177 Direct Selling by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 178 Direct Selling GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 179 Direct Selling GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 180 Direct Selling Forecasts by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 181 Direct Selling Forecasts by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Homeshopping Registers Growth Despite Boom in Internet Retailing
Consumer Appliances and Electronics Most Popular Products Through Homeshopping
Competitive Landscape
Global Home Shopping (ghs) Acquires Majority Stake in Citrus TV
Homeshopping Landscape Remains Static
Hse24 Group and Mbc Agreement To Establish Homeshopping Company Still To Emerge
Channel Data
Table 182 Homeshopping by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 183 Homeshopping by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 184 Homeshopping GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 185 Homeshopping GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 186 Homeshopping Forecasts by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 187 Homeshopping Forecasts by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Key Developments in Online Payment Infrastructure Aid Growth of Internet Retailing
License Awarded To Payfort To Operate in Saudi Arabia
Traditional Retailers Develop Online Capabilities
Competitive Landscape
Regional and International Players Keen To Explore Internet Retailing in the Gulf
Noon.com's Entry Increases Competition Within Internet Retailing
Wadi Establishing Stronger Retail Partners in Grocery and Non-grocery Segments
Channel Data
Table 188 Internet Retailing by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 189 Internet Retailing by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 190 Internet Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 191 Internet Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 192 Internet Retailing Forecasts by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 193 Internet Retailing Forecasts by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Grocery Players Continue To Invest in Internet Retail
Grocery Apps Aim To Create Niche
Efficient Delivery Remains A Challenge
Competitive Landscape
Majid Al Futtaim Makes Key Investment in Wadi Grocery
Noon.com Announces Launch of Grocery Deliveries
Channel Data
Table 194 Food and Drink Internet Retailing: Value 2013-2018
Table 195 Food and Drink Internet Retailing: % Value Growth 2014-2018
Table 196 Food and Drink Internet Retailing: % Value Growth 2016-2017
Table 197 Food and Drink Internet Retailing Forecasts: Value 2018-2023
Table 198 Food and Drink Internet Retailing Forecasts: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Vending Continues To Grow With Increasing Consumer Awareness
Holy Cities To Witness Higher Number of Vending Machines With Expansion of Sites
Entertainment Sector To Provide Vending Operators With Promotional Partners
Competitive Landscape
Traditional Grocers and Expansion of Convenience Stores To Pose Challenge for Vending Players
Al Jomaih Bottling Plant Continues To Lead Vending
Unique Segments To Experiment With Vending
Channel Data
Table 199 Vending by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 200 Vending by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 201 Vending GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 202 Vending GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 203 Vending Forecasts by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 204 Vending Forecasts by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Headlines
Prospects
Increased Mobile Connectivity and Usage Promote Mobile Internet Retailing
Development of Mobile Wallets To Further Strengthen Mobile Internet Retailing
Apparel and Footwear Remains Key Category for Mobile Internet Retailing
Competitive Landscape
Leading Online Retailers Also Lead Mobile Internet Sales
Social Media Platforms As Advertising Opportunity
Channel Data
Table 205 Mobile Internet Retailing: Value 2013-2018
Table 206 Mobile Internet Retailing: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 207 Mobile Internet Retailing Forecasts: Value 2018-2023
Table 208 Mobile Internet Retailing Forecasts: % Value Growth 2018-2023
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) continues to be the largest market in the Middle East. The size of the population, the high proportion of young people and the high levels of disposable income make Saudi Arabia the fastest growing market for consumer products in the Middle East. Together with a booming economy, these factors meant that retail sales increased rapidly over the review period.

The ongoing construction and residential building boom – that is the result of increased public and private spending – has been a strong driver for the Saudi economy. This boom has also been reflected in the retail sector with a high demand for furniture, electronics and interior furnishings.

Multinational penetration was a strong characteristic of the period under review, which witnessed the influx of many international retailers and companies such as Debenhams, Harvey Nichols and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name a few. Such multinational influx has even been successful in penetrating the largely-closed banking sector, as three foreign banks secured licences to operate locally in KSA. The three banks are Deutsche Bank of Germany, BNP Paribas of France and JP Morgan Chase of the US, which are expected to inject new resources and know-how to areas like project finance, housing finance and investment banking.

A trend towards selling more non-food products in supermarkets and hypermarkets continued during the review period. Food chains are not only introducing and increasing private label activity in non-food, but are also selling more and more non-food lines.

The expansion of shopping malls and centres is taking the Kingdom by storm, as landmark malls were opened during the review period like the Kingdom Mall and Al-Faisalia Mall. In addition, the forecast period will see the opening of the largest shopping and entertainment project ever in the Kingdom's history: Gulf Shopping City, which is due to open in late 2005 over a space of 800,000 sq m.

Outlook for retailing

The oil industry

Oil is still the backbone of the Saudi economy, and the recent developments in world oil markets have strongly benefited the Kingdom’s fiscal position. The recent price rises resulted in sanctioning a production quota rise by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at their meeting in Beirut during early June 2004, and this was excellent news for the Saudi economy and government. Saudi oil production averaged 8.8mbd in 2003; and if prices maintain their current levels, the outturn in 2004 could be even better than the previous year.

Political climate

A major driver for the Saudi economy will be the political reform underway, as Saudi Arabia plans to hold the country’s first nationwide elections starting in November 2004. The government’s initiative is seen as the first concrete political reforms in the absolute monarchy, after pressure from the United States and domestic reformers to grant some political participation and freedom of expression. In addition, the increase in violence from groups opposed to the monarchy over the last few years has also racked up pressure on Saudi rulers to introduce political reforms.

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