Executive Summary

Jan 2019
PROSPECTS
Limited potential to add to sales force

Direct selling was the slowest-growing area of non-store retailing in 2018 and is expected to remain so over the forecast period. This will result in part from the limited potential for expansion of the representative force in Bulgaria due to low and stable levels of unemployment.

Competition from internet retailing

Direct selling faces significant competition from internet retailing, which is increasingly appealing to its core base of consumers who are not well-served by store-based channels. Increasing access to broadband internet, the proliferation of smartphones, greater credit and debit card ownership and growing consumer confidence in online payment are all boosting internet retailing and providing a more challenging competitive environment for direct sellers.

Strong growth in consumer health, and food and drink

Consumer health, and food and drink are expected to be the fastest-growing direct selling categories over the forecast period. Consumer health is benefiting from rising consumer interest in health and nutrition and the fact that consumers appreciate being able to discuss products with sales representatives before purchasing.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Avon remains strong

Avon Products retained the lead in direct selling in 2018, as it benefited from the fact that beauty and personal care accounts for more than half of direct selling value sales. The company saw some decline in value share over the review period, though it stood up well considering that the proportion of overall direct selling sales generated by beauty and personal care fell by 10 percentage points between 2013 and 2018.

Wellness trend exerting a significant impact

Oriflame, the second largest player in direct selling, is also strongly focused on beauty and personal care, though it increasingly targeted the wellness trend as the review period progressed, with products such as shakes, food additives, protein bars, and soups. The shifting emphasis of Oriflame’s offer illustrates the increasing significance of health and wellness to direct selling, a fact underlined by the dynamism of players with a strong focus on wellness products.

Players with natural focus seeing strong growth

Aquasource and Forever Living also registered strong increase in sales in the final year of the review period driven by the health and wellness trend. Aquasource places an emphasis on its use of “natural source ingredients”, while Forever Living’s offer includes a wide range of drinks and gels, weight management and nutrition products containing aloe vera and bee products.

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Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Direct Selling industry in Bulgaria with research from Euromonitor's team of in-country analysts.

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The Direct Selling in Bulgaria market research report includes:

  • Analysis of key supply-side and demand trends
  • Detailed market shares for international and locally-based retailers
  • Historic values, company and brand market shares
  • Five year forecasts of market trends and market growth  
  • Robust and transparent market research methodology, conducted in-country

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Direct Selling in Bulgaria - Category analysis

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Limited potential to add to sales force
Competition from internet retailing
Strong growth in consumer health, and food and drink

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Avon remains strong
Wellness trend exerting a significant impact
Players with natural focus seeing strong growth

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Direct Selling by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 2 Direct Selling by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Direct Selling GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 4 Direct Selling GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 5 Direct Selling Forecasts by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 6 Direct Selling Forecasts by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in Bulgaria - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Demographic developments influencing strategies
Modern grocers seek to adapt to evolving market conditions
Rise of internet retailing exerting growing influence
Lidl most dynamic amongst leading players
Forecast period set to see a shifting retailing landscape

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type 2018
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Christmas
Back to School
Summer holidays
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 7 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 8 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 9 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 10 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 12 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 14 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 16 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 18 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 20 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 22 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 26 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 28 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 30 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 32 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 34 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 35 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 36 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 37 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 38 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 39 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 40 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 41 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 42 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 43 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 44 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 45 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 46 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 47 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 48 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 49 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 50 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 51 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 52 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 53 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 54 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 55 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 61 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 67 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 73 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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SOURCES

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