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  • European retail in 2016: Slow but real-value growth
    • 04/19/16
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    European retail in 2016: Slow but real-value growth

    GfK study on retail conditions in 33 European countries. GfK has carried out a comprehensive analysis of the European retail scene in 33 European countries. The study examines purchasing power, the retail share of the population's total expenditures, inflation, sales area productivity as well as a turnover prognosis for 2016. The study is part of the new edition of ACROSS Magazine, which is being launched at the 2016 ICSC European conference in Milano, Italy. 

  • Nursery: The flight to quality
    • 04/05/16
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Nursery: The flight to quality

    The UK nursery industry moved into high gear in 2015 as consumers moved towards premium purchases helping to push double digit value growth across the year compared to a very volume-driven 2014.At the Harrogate Nursery Fair, GfK explored the reasons behind this flight to quality. 

  • Consumer Confidence stalls at zero
    • 03/31/16
    • Press
    • Financial Services
    • Consumer Goods
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Consumer Confidence stalls at zero

    Do Brexit jitters explain 18-point fall since March 2015 in sentiment over future prospects for general economy?

    GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index remained at zero in March. 

  • Top 3 most important corporate responsibilities, according to consumers
    • 03/17/16
    • Press
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Top 3 most important corporate responsibilities, according to consumers

    Consumers say companies should focus on providing good jobs, good quality products and being environmental.

  • Four million homes switched their energy supplier in 2015
    • 03/10/16
    • Press
    • Energy
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Four million homes switched their energy supplier in 2015

    Close to 15 percent of homes switched energy supplier in 2015, up from 12 percent the year before according to latest figures from GfK’s Quarterly Energy Market Monitor. GfK prepares the Monitor using a nationally representative panel of 12,000 households that reflect the composition of the 26m households in Britain.

  • Global smartphone sales hit a quarterly high in Q4 2015
    • 03/02/16
    • Technology
    • Consumer Goods
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Global smartphone sales hit a quarterly high in Q4 2015

    Global smartphone demand hit 368m units in Q4 2015, up 14 percent quarter-on-quarter and up six percent year-on-year. However, this was offset by a global decline in the average selling price (ASP) of six percent year-on-year, which caused revenue growth to plateau at US$115bn.

  • Concerns about uncertain economic outlook pulls UK consumer confidence down to zero
    • 02/26/16
    • Financial Services
    • Retail
    • Consumer Goods
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Concerns about uncertain economic outlook pulls UK consumer confidence down to zero

    GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has decreased four points to zero in February. 

  • Virtual interactions ‘as good as being there’ for nearly a quarter of online consumers
    • 02/24/16
    • Press
    • Technology
    • Consumer Goods
    • Brand and Customer Experience
    • Digital Market Intelligence
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Virtual interactions ‘as good as being there’ for nearly a quarter of online consumers

    A 22-country GfK survey show that just under a quarter (23 percent) of online consumers agree1 that virtual interactions with people and places can be as good as being there in person. This compares to just 15 percent who disagree1

  • GfK drives its global digitalization through acquisition of digital panel specialist Netquest
    • 02/05/16
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Press
    • Consumer Panels
    • Digital Market Intelligence
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    GfK drives its global digitalization through acquisition of digital panel specialist Netquest

    GfK has acquired Netquest, the leading access panel provider with strong presence in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

  • UK Consumer Confidence resiliently bullish for January 2016 despite a sea of domestic and overseas worries
    • 01/29/16
    • Press
    • Financial Services
    • Consumer Goods
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    UK Consumer Confidence resiliently bullish for January 2016 despite a sea of domestic and overseas worries

    GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has increased two points to +4 in January. 

  • People average 4 hours a week on personal grooming. What motivates them?
    • 01/27/16
    • Press
    • Fashion and Lifestyle
    • Consumer Goods
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    People average 4 hours a week on personal grooming. What motivates them?

    Women spend an average of almost five hours a week on personal grooming (bathing, shaving, dressing, hair, make-up), while men spend just over three hours. What motivates people to try to look their best?

  • Paris wins back ‘most admired city’ from London
    • 01/19/16
    • Press
    • Public Services
    • Travel and Hospitality
    • Brand and Customer Experience
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Paris wins back ‘most admired city’ from London

    Paris has pushed London off the top spot to win back the number one place as the highest rated city in 2015, out of a total of 50 cities. Sydney, which had been in the top three since 2011, falls back to fourth place, overtaken by New York, as well as Paris.

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