Looking Beyond the Obvious in Sub-Saharan Africa, Part 1: Venturing North in Store-Based Fashion Retailing
For many fashion brands, South Africa has been the stepping stone into the sub-Saharan region due to the attractive economic growth and affluent market. But has the time now come to start expanding north? According to Euromonitor International, sales through apparel and footwear specialists in Nigeria and Kenya are expected to grow by 93% and 57% in constant 2014 value terms, respectively, from 2014 to 2019, highlighting growth opportunities outside the wealth-hub of the region. This is the first of a 2-part series of articles that sets out to examine growth drivers in the region, as well as the competitive landscape in store-based retailing; the second article will review dynamic growth in e-commerce.