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I don't think the coop situation is catastrophic, but it depends on the country. As far as I know, the figures for the market share of the consumers co-operatives in UK are true. But in Japan, for example, consumers co-operatives are huge and very powerful.

For employment figures, it is difficult to find them. The ICA claims that co-operatives represent over 100 millions of employees worldwide (and 800 millions of members).

If you need data on co-operatives, I can try to find them with the ICA.

Do you think it would be interesting to organise a chat on ET with a representative of the Co-operative movement? I think I could organise it.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 11:29:41 AM EST
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