Wesfarmers, Woolworths in top 5 APAC retail list

In terms of sales and outlets.

The 2017 Retail Asia Pacific report from Euromonitor International has ranked Woolworths in third position, closely followed by Wesfarmers, in terms of total sales, number of outlets, sales area and sales per square metres. The report ranks retailers across 14 economies in the Asia Pacific.

Wesfarmers was the largest retailer in Australia in 2016, leading across multiple retailing categories, with its value growth largely driven by the strong performance of the company in categories such as home and garden specialist retailers, stationery/ office supply stores, mass merchandisers and forecourt retailers, in which it was ranked as the number one player in terms of value share in 2016, Euromonitor senior research analyst Julia Illera said.

Illera also noted that cautious discretionary spending had hindered retail growth, with retailing in Australia increasing by 3% in current value terms in 2016, which was in line with the growth observed during the review period.

“Although growth was positive, it was slightly slower than in 2015 as Australians remained cautious about their discretionary spending during the year due to low income growth. Online sales continue to grow faster than store-based retailing internet retailing in Australia began to reach a relatively steady state; however, the channel continued to outperform store-based retailing in 2016,” she said.

“The growing importance of having a retail presence across multiple channels had encouraged retailers to invest heavily in multi-channel strategies, with a particular focus on their digital presence, as consumers continued to favour the convenience offered by internet retailing,” she added.

Illera said retailing in Australia is expected to increase at a value CAGR of 3% at constant 2016 prices over the forecast period.

“This will be largely driven by home and garden specialist retailers and internet retailing, which are expected to continue to record strong growth thanks to a growing demand for new houses and by the fast adoption of new technologies and online services, respectively.”

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