Despite the government's ban on Sunday trading, the situation of retail chains is not as dramatic as expected. In 2021, 230 retail chains were operating in Poland, the largest share of which belonged to the clothing and footwear, furniture, and food sectors.
Retail sales in Poland
Retail sales volume in Poland has fluctuated and reached the level of 3.2 percent in 2020. Growing incomes of Poles and social programs introduced by the government for Polish families are driving consumption. As a result, Poles are spending more and more money on shopping every year. In 2019, retail sales amounted to a record of over 917 billion zloty. However, growing market demand increases the risk of product price growth. As a result, inflation in Poland reached 5.9 percent in September 2021, with transport prices showing the most significant increases. In 2020, retail sales rose by 3.2 percent, decreasing over the previous year.
Favorite retail stores of Poles
According to profits generated in 2020, the largest retail chain in Poland is Jeronimo Martins, owner of the retail chain Biedronka. However, in the ranking of favorite stores, Biedronka occupies quite a distant position. It turns out that Poles appreciate shopping in the Rossman, Nike, online marketplace Allegro, or Lidl chains more, the latter of which is a direct competition for Biedronka.
Number of retail chains* in Poland from 2020 to 2021, by sector
* The source includes retailers (chains) when they have a minimum of five stores or a minimum turnover of 3 million euros.
The source also adds the following information:
'Please note that some retailers are active in several sectors in which case there is some duplication in the numbers. The same goes for retailers active in several countries.'
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Retail-Index. (October 25, 2021). Number of retail chains* in Poland from 2020 to 2021, by sector [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 17, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/642185/retail-chains-number-by-sector-poland/
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