BMI projects Serbia's total GDP to reach USD42bn in 2015. BMI projects that total retail spending will reach USD29.4bn in 2015. However, over BMI's projection period into 2018, the country's retail spending is expected to reach USD32.9bn. Over the long term, Serbia's possible accession to the European Union can provide growth opportunities as well as help established global retailers enter the local market.
Serbia occupies a precarious economic position, as one of its largest trading partners continues to antagonize the international organization which the Eastern European nation prepares to join. Following Russia's annexation of Ukraine, economic relations between Moscow and members of the European Union have deteriorated. Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, has publicly stated that Serbia will not follow the EU's lead to impose economic sanctions on Russia. Serbia is primed to take advantage of the current situation as it supplies food exports to Russia and pursues joint economic projects with Moscow.
Following the EU and Western-imposed sanctions on Russia, Moscow retaliated with a food import ban. The ban presented Serbia with ripe short-term opportunities to fill Russia's food gap as the European nation continues to recover from poor GDP growth. However, Serbia's campaign to join the EU will be affected by its public partnership with Russia, in defiance of EU suggestions. Joining the European Union would allow Serbia to integrate into a well-established global economic community, as well as provide it with new cooperative relationships.
The Serbia Retail Report has been researched at source and features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent assessment and forecasts for the retail sector. The report examines key drivers of retail sales growth and future prospects, including consumer spending and private sector investment.
BMI's Serbia Retail Report also examines the level of development and potential for growth of the retail sector, the commercial initiatives of major players, changing consumer demographics that influence demand and the regulatory environment. Key sub-sectors include mass grocery retail, autos, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, computers and consumer electronics.Key Benefits
CoverageBMI Industry View
- Benchmark BMI's independent retail industry forecasts for Serbia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Serbian retail market.
- Target business opportunities and risks in Serbia through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
Summary of BMIs key forecasts and industry analysis, plus a discussion of major industry developments and a snapshot of key short-term demand-driving macroeconomic movements.Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the retail sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.BMI Industry Forecasts
There are four separate 5-year forecast modules in the retail reports. These are:
Headline Retail Forecast: Total Household Spending, (US$bn and local currency, % growth, % GDP, per capita, per household); Spending by Retail Sector for: food and non-alcoholic drink, alcoholic drink, clothing and footwear, housing and utilities, furnishings and home, health, transport, recreation, education, transport, restaurants and hotels, personal care and insurance (US$bn and local currency, % growth, % GDP, % of total spending)
Retail Sector Forecast: Breakdown of Food, Non Alcoholic Drink, Alcohol, Tobacco, Clothing, Footwear, Household Goods, Furnishings, Appliances, Glass and Tableware, Household Textiles, Consumer Electronics, Garden Toys and Pets, Home and Garden tools, Personal Care, Personal Effects Spending (US$bn, % Growth);
Household Income and Numbers Forecast: Number of Households (000,% growth); gross income per household and per capita; net income per household and per capita; tax and social contributions per capita; breakdown of household incomes US$5000+, US$10,000+ US$50000+ (000, % of total); labour force, employment and unemployment (000, % change)
Demographic Forecast: Total population; Babies 0-12 months; Young Children 0-4yrs; Children 5-9yrs; Young Teens and Older Children 10-14yrs; Older Teens 15-19yrs; Adults 21yrs +; Young Adults 21-29yrs; Middle Aged 40-64yrs (000, % growth, male, female); Urban Population (000, % population); Rural Population (000, % population).Industry Risk Reward Rankings
BMIs Retail Industry Risk Reward Rankings provide a country-comparative Risk Reward Rankings index aimed at investors in the regional retail market.
The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.Market Overview
Provides a detailed country-specific analysis of the key trends and developments in the retail sector as a whole, as well as an assessment of the main drivers affecting the major retail segments including mass grocery retail, fashion, pharmacies, consumer electronics, home improvement and personal care.
The market overview also considers the most effective store formats in a given country and the impact of these factors on the main international and domestic players development strategies.Competitive Landscape
This provides a brief overview of the key players in each subsection of the retail sector including MGR, Fashion, Home Improvement, Consumer Electronics, Pharmacies, and Department Store chains.
Serbia's retail market continues to struggle with sluggish GDP growth and a declining work force . In BMI 's Central and Eastern Europe Retail Risk/Reward Ratings, Serbia comes in eleventh and last place amongst its neighbours. Serbia's short-term growth prospects remain weak as retail subsectors expect to post disappointing figures with all sectors projected to decline in 2015.