The top transnational issue in the third quarter, especially at the beginning, was the British people's decision to leave the EU. It was otherwise mainly country-specific themes that dominated discussions in the individual European countries. The economic and income expectations and propensity to buy indicators have not developed uniformly across Europe. Overall, the consumer climate for the EU28 fell from 13.1 points to 12.3 points from June to September 2016.
A recent, international GfK survey, conducted online in 16 countries, shows one in three people (33 percent) currently monitor or track their health or fitness via an online or mobile application, or via a fitness band, clip, or smartwatch.
Latest GfK-results of the gardening market for the first half of 2016.
Binge-watching is defined as watching three or more episodes of a TV show in one day. 56% of Belgian consumers admit to binge-watching on a monthly basis, while 1 in 3 admits to doing this even weekly.
When it comes to what aspect of their home people would most like to improve, the most popular answers among the online population across 22 countries are the interior décor or design (39 percent), the overall size or layout (38 percent), and the furniture (35 percent).
Since its release on July 6th 2016, Pokémon Go has been breaking records all over the place. Only a few days after the launch, the app was used more often than Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram and Facebook on a day-to-day basis.
Close to a third (32 percent) of the online population across 21 countries firmly agree that they are always concerned about their safety and security, compared to only ten percent who firmly indicate that they are not.
GfK conducted research on how Belgians have experienced the Euro 2016 and more specifically the games of the Red Devils.
Internationally, 42 percent of the online connected population agree firmly1 with the statement “To me, it is important to always be reachable wherever I am” – and only 11 percent firmly disagree1. However, four countries – Germany, Sweden, Canada and Netherlands – run counter to this trend, with more of their connected consumers firmly disagreeing than agreeing.
Traditional tour operators have a stronger connection with consumers than their competitors that are only present online. A possible reason for this is that they follow an omnichannel strategy and thus work both online and offline. This strong relationship with traditional tour operators is mainly determined by customer service. For online players it’s the transparent booking conditions and the efficient booking process that contribute to the brand’s success.
With the Euro 2016 approaching, GfK Belgium conducted research & analysis on the effects of the World Cup football in 2014 on the sales numbers of a few typical football products like TVs and beer, compared to a “normal” year.
Over half (56 percent) of people internationally have at least one pet living with them, with dogs proving most popular in Latin America, while Russian and French pet-owners prefer cats. This is according to an online survey of over 27,000 people across 22 countries, conducted by GfK.