• Retail

    Western-style shopping malls are increasingly popular in emerging markets. OBG’s retail sector analysis looks at local demand, shopping habits, opportunities for development in smaller cities, consumer spending power and brand awareness.
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Its relatively small population and status as the world’s biggest gas exporter have helped Qatar become the richest country globally in terms of GDP per capita, which stood at $72,700 at current prices in 2019, according to IMF estimates. In recent years, however, the nation has faced strong economic headwinds from a drop in global energy prices to a diplomatic blockade.

Changing labour market trends, in part a result of efforts to boost the number of domestic citizens in the workforce, are shifting Saudi Arabia’s economy and the retail sector in particular.


Sri Lanka’s retail sector has evolved into a powerful driver of growth and opportunity. Over the last decade, fast-paced urbanisation has enticed significant investment in commercial real estate. As such, modern outlets are gradually replacing small informal merchants. While traditional vendors still play an important role in the market,...


What effect has regional competition had on players in Sri Lanka’s rubber industry?


Sri Lanka is regarded as one of the best locations for clothing manufacturing in the Asia-Pacific region, driven by its proximity to major textile importing countries and the availability of cheap labour. The clothing industry also has a substantial presence, accounting for 30% of total employment within the manufacturing segment, and over one...


How can Sri Lanka reverse the trend of sluggish consumption in the short to medium term?