Nigeria Retail

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With Africa’s largest economy and its biggest population, Nigeria is the continent’s heavyweight. The country has been blessed with resource-rich lands, areas of great agricultural fertility and favourable demographics, but it has also had its fair share of challenges.

 

The retail sector in Nigeria is based on the latent potential of Nigeria’s population, currently estimated at 184m and growing. Firms hoping to cater to that block of consumers must overcome challenges such as finding land to build retail space, importing goods and managing currency risk. The naira, under pressure since the drop in oil prices...

 

What role does the ministry expect to play in Nigeria’s broader economic strategy?

 

As the country grapples with the consequences of recent economic challenges, Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) market has proven fairly resilient in 2015 and 2016, with consumers retreating to low-cost staples as their spending power diminishes. “Expensive alternatives are now less attractive, and lower-priced products are filling...

 

One of the most visible policy moves by Nigerian authorities in 2016 has been to limit access to foreign currency in the country. The decision to institute capital controls was rolled out as a result of low oil prices, which have led to a drop in dollar-denominated export revenues and put the naira under increasing pressure. To limit the need...

 

The industrial sector of what is arguably Africa’s largest economy is a diversified group of producers and outputs, ranging from the large-scale cement plants of Dangote Group, the continent’s largest cement producer, to cottage industries such as plantain chips. With a wide range of accessible feedstock, from agricultural products to...

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