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Group operational context

The SPAR Group Ltd operates in three distinct geographical regions with greenfield operations in development in a fourth region.

The three dominant regions constitute our principal segments for financial reporting as these are aligned to the internal reporting used for management purposes as well as the source and nature of business risks and opportunities.

Developing economy
Projected GDP growth of 1.10% in 2018
Inflationary environment
Population of 57 million
SPAR predominantly grocery retailing
Seven distribution centres in Southern Africa servicing domestic, regional and cross-border stores
Predominantly truck-and-trailer hauling
Retail offering consolidated under SPAR brand
Wide diversity of consumer income groups and profile
Developed economy
Projected GDP growth of 2.72% in 2018
Deflationary environment
Population (Ireland) of 4.8 million
BWG Group predominantly convenience retailing
Two distribution centres – one in Ireland and one in South West England
Predominantly rigid-type and double-decker trucks
SPAR brand one of multiple retail brands
Relative homogeneity of consumer profiles
Developed economy
Projected GDP growth of 1.65% in 2018
Deflationary environment
Population of 8.4 million
Predominantly grocery retailing
One distribution centre in St Gallen
Predominantly rigid-type and drawbar-combination trucks
SPAR brand one of multiple retail brands
Relative homogeneity of consumer profiles

Common strategic and operational enablers

In all three territories we recognise that our strategic enablers will give us the focus and momentum for achieving our vision. These enablers provide internal and external focus and support our position as a responsible corporate citizen in all the regions where we serve our retailers and consumers.

Our three operational reports therefore provide details on our operations in each territory, the dynamics of the different operating areas and disclose how we are making progress against our strategic imperatives. We furthermore provide information on our approach, progress and measurements in terms of the strategic enablers, while recognising that we are at different levels of reporting maturity in the three countries: