First published in 1971, The Economics of the Distributive Trades is a comprehensive analysis of all sectors of the British retailing sector, written by the then-head of the Research Department of the John Lewis Partnership. Using economic statistics and modelling, Patrick McAnally examines the the full range of the retailing business, from output to competition, pricing, assortment and transport to location, staff and finance, and in doing so provides an invaluable snapshot of the state of the distributive trades at the end of the Sixties.

First published 1971.

chapter Chapter 1|7 pages


chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

The Output of the Distributive Trades

chapter Chapter 3|10 pages


chapter Chapter 4|15 pages


chapter Chapter 5|16 pages


chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

Transport and Storage

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Location of Shops

chapter Chapter 8|11 pages

Economic use of a Site

chapter Chapter 9|10 pages


chapter Chapter 10|12 pages

Use of People

chapter Chapter 11|13 pages


chapter Chapter 12|9 pages

Summary in Economists' Categories