The number of grocery stores in the Czech Republic has dropped by four percent since 2013, to 12,294, according to data released by the Nielsen consultancy company on Thursday. Small grocery stores with a shopping area under 400 square metres saw the biggest drop in numbers. The number of supermarkets went down as well, by 28 over the past three years, while the number of hypermarkets increased by 19. Supermarkets and hypermarkets account for 80 percent of the overall sales of grocery items in the Czech Republic, which is the highest proportion in Central Europe.
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