FRANCE: Delicatessens struggle to survive in face of multiples
The results of a government survey revealed yesterday [Wednesday] have suggested that small, independent delicatessens face a struggle for survival in the face of increasing competition from supermarket groups. The number of specialist food shops across France has decreased by up to 80% in the last 30 years, said the French government's statistics agency, as consumers shunned personal service and homemade delicacies in favour of increased convenience and cheaper prices at multiples.
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