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Structural features of distributive trades and their impact on prices in the euro area

Jarkko Kivistö, Pierre-Michel Bardet-Fremann, Stylianos Panagiotou (), Zornitsa Vladova, Tsvetan Tsalinski, Adrian Page, Magdalena Komzakova, Ri Kaarup, Sabine Ervens, Nicoletta Berardi, Emanuela Ciapanna, Branislav Karma, Mateja Gabrijelcic, Fátima Cardoso, Friedrich Fritzer, Jasper Kieft, Sandra Zefara, Demetris Kapatais, Concetta Rondinelli (), María de los Llanos Matea, Christin Hartmann, Claudia Sullivan, Harald Stahl (), Luis Alvarez, Bettina Landau, Matthias Mohr, Philip Vermeulen, Patrick Sevestre, Patrick Lünnemann, David Cornille, Aidan Meyler, Christopher Pace, Valerie Jarvis, Erik Walch, Hiona Balfoussia, Luca Gattini (), Suzanne Linehan, David Sondermann, Mario Izquierdo () and Robert Anderton

No 128, Occasional Paper Series from European Central Bank

Abstract: The distributive trades sector, which is primarily accounted for by wholesale and retail trade, is not only economically important in its own right, but also relevant to monetary policy. Ultimately, it is retailers who set the actual prices of most consumer goods. They are the main interface between producers of consumer goods and consumers, with around half of private consumption accounted for by retail trade. The JEL Classification: E58, F41

Keywords: competition; distributive trades; monetary policy; prices; retail trades (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-09
Note: 1725820
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