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Net Retail revenue and traffic decline in 2018 was primarely caused by the sale of supermarkets business. Excluding the effect of supermarkets business sale the Group net retail revenue decreased by 1.1% YoY in 2018.
Key drivers of the rapid online grocery market expansion in 2018
Growing demand for online delivery as mobility increasingly becomes essential to everyday life.
Several new entrants to the online grocery market in 2018 (Ozon, Perekrestok, Golama).
Online grocery services expanded geographically to Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Belgorod, Orenburg, Surgut and Ekaterinburg.
Modernisation of IT systems and logistics optimisation (e.g., introduction of dark store concepts).