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The distribution network in Argentina

Evolution of the Sector
Argentina is the second-largest economy in South America in terms of nominal GDP, with 45.4 million inhabitants, and a GDP per capita (PPP) estimated at 22,947 USD in 2020 (World Bank).
According to the latest data published by national statistics organization INDEC, in the first seven months of 2020 supermarkets recorded a 2.6% year-on-year increase in sales (constant prices), as a consequence of continued urbanisation of the population (92.1% in 2020, according to CIA's Factbook) and of the lockdown adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Argentina's retail formats under 500 m2 performed slightly better that the larger ones.
In recent years, nearly all retail formats are increasing in number: supermarkets, wholesalers, traditional grocery stores, and shopping malls. However, the Argentinian retail market continues to face certain challenges such as high operating costs, inflation, bureaucratic barriers, and high taxes. Furthermore, the supermarkets channel has been affected by the economic recession, resulting in the closure of branches. As a response to consumption contraction and the decrease in consumers' purchasing power, bigger chains have been further developing private labels, which is expected to boost their sales, especially for food products.
Market share
A significant number of consumers prefer hyper and supermarkets, as they find them more convenient in terms of time passed on shopping and prices. During the last couple of years, traditional stores have continued to lose market shares to hyper and supermarkets as a consequence of their highly competitive prices and discounts.
Hypermarkets, superstores, and warehouse stores account for approximately 35% of the Food and Beverage market (which accounts for approximately 72% of total sales). The biggest retailers are Carrefour, Coto Supermarkets, Dia, Jumbo (hypermarket), La Anonima, Disco (supermarket chain), Supermercados Llaneza, Walmart.
Retail Sector Organisations
Camara Argentina de Supermercados
Argentinian Confederation of Medium-Sized Enterprises (CAME)

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