Welcome again to the second Retail Report of 2016. Do you want to know how the Belgian non-food market performed during the second quarter of 2016? Then you have come to the right place.
Unfortunately, the Belgian retail continues to decline during this quarter. The non-food market sees a drop of -1.3% in sales value, compared to the same period last year.
Notwithstanding this decline, we also see a lot of positive developments during the quarter in question. There were the European Championships Football, which fulfilled the high expectations regarding television sales with a sales increase close to 25%. It was mainly the big 50 inch+ television screens that pushed the Consumer Electronics market (+3.3%). Within the IT segment we also noticed that the Euro Cup mania pushed the video-projectors and large monitor sales. Unfortunately, the loss within Office Equipment wiped out the positive numbers resulting in a small decline for IT & Office (-0.5%).
The Major Domestic Appliances Market keeps on flourishing. Within the cooling segment, it is especially American fridges that find their way to the Belgian kitchens (+6.6%). Furthermore, Small Domestic Appliances continues its growth with Low Oil Fryers, Hair Stylers and Handsticks leading the way (+8.4%).
On the contrary, rainy days in a particularly wet June caused disappointing numbers in the second quarter for Fashion (-4.8%) and Home Improvement (-4.0%).
After two quarters of growth, Media & Entertainment couldn’t manage to continue this positive trend (-1.1%). Within the Gaming Industry the success of Uncharted 4/A Thief’s End couldn’t counterbalance the heavy decline within Catalogue (titles older than 13 weeks). We see a declining Book sector: - 4.3%.
Last but not least, the Telecom sector grows rapidly thanks to attractive subsidy models that Belgian operators offer (+12%). The customer is clearly choosing for high end models!
Despite the decline in the overall non-food market, it’s not all bad news! We wonder how these trends will evolve over the next quarter.
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See you next quarter!
Jürgen De Mesmaecker - Industry Lead Technology