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Title:The geography of urban retail and wholesale behaviour in Nigeria: an illustration from Imo State
Author:Okpara, E.E.ISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Geographical Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
wholesale trade
retail trade
Abstract:Based on information from a sample of 511 traders drawn from Aba, Owerri and Orlu, three urban centres in Imo State, Nigeria, the author demonstrates that retail and wholesale activities (as distinct from the 'area' or 'district' where they take place) are hierarchically organized and that this phenomenon is a dynamic process. The author established trader hierarchical structure by examining traders' functional status (either retailer or wholesaler) and the type of business premises from which they operate. At the apex of the business premises hierarchy is the urban trader whose operation features a warehouse and/or an associated showroom. At its base is the itinerant 'hawker'. Between these two there are, in descending order of importance, street shops and marketplace lock-up shops, street retail shops (including supermarkets), marketplace retail stalls, and improvised street stands. There is a real possibility of conversion to higher-order business premises. Upward trader mobility is related, amongst others, to social connections and group dominance of merchandise lines. One of the manifestations of such business growth is the replication of business units, whereby a trader establishes one or more distributive outlets in addition to his preexisting or original business premises. Bibliogr., sum.