President of the Food and Agriculture Union of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED), Vladimir Cupic, has announced the results of a survey that show that 17 percent of the retail sector operates in the “grey zone”, and informal employees were found in seven percent of the stores.
He has said that the information gathered through the latest survey will enable the adoption of measures that will help “narrow the room for the unlawful business operations of traders”.
Cupic has said that the issues in retail to be solved include the fact that the inspection department does not recognize its authority in the field of food safety and payments to suppliers when the deadlines are three times longer than prescribed.
“Trade should be developed in such a manner that consumers buy more products from local producers,” said Cupic.
The analysis was done on a sample of 1,000 retail stores, including 5,500 facilities and it was determined that compared to 2014, the number of facilities increased by 19 percent.
The retail sector employs around 60,000 workers, and the average value of a purchase has not changed in the past few years, amounting to RSD 450.
According to the revenues generated in retail, the analysis shows that Delhaize, which owns the C market stores, stands out with a share in total revenues of 21 percent and Mercator with 16 percent.
According to the data on retail trends, German Lidl could, when it comes, take five to seven percent of the market.