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    • 03/23/17
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Retail
    • Global
    • English

    Majority of international online population regularly reads books

    Over half of the international online population (59%) reads from a book “at least once a week”, according to our recently released report featuring survey results from 17 countries.  Just under a third (30%) of those surveyed read daily, with China leading the way for the percentage of its population who are regular readers.

    Russia (59%) and Spain (57%) rank behind China (70%) for the percentage of their online population that reads “at least once a week”.  When we combine results for everyday readers, and those who read “every day or most days”, China leads again at 36% with Spain and the UK following closely behind at 32% each.

     

    Regular readers more likely to come from high income households

    Those living in high income households read books more often than those in low income households, with over a third (35%) saying that they read regularly “every (day) or most days”.  In low income households, a quarter of people (24%) are daily readers, and one out of ten claim that they ‘never’ read books, which is triple the percentage reported for high income households.

    “The value of these findings for the book industry lies in combining this self-reported data with analysis of actual sales across different markets and insights from our retail and consumer panels”, says Mathias Giloth, Managing Director of GfK Entertainment. “With this multi-layered approach, we help our clients to fine-tune their audience segmentation and identify customer potential, both globally and at country-specific level.”

    Regular readers by gender

    Women are more likely to be avid book readers than men, with 32% reading daily, compared to 27% of men from the international online population.  The gender gap between regular book readers is widest in the Netherlands and Spain, followed by Canada and Germany.

    Leading nations for non-readers

    The Netherlands, along with South Korea, both registered as countries with the highest percentage of their online population who report never reading books, at 16% each.  Belgium (14%) and Canada, France and Japan (11%) have the next highest proportion of non-readers.

    About the study

    We conducted the online survey with over 22,000 consumers aged 15 or older across 17 countries. Fieldwork was completed in summer 2016. Data are weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the online 3 population aged 15+ in each market. Countries covered are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, UK and USA.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Peter Feld joins GfK SE as new CEO
    • 03/10/17
    • Financial Services
    • Health
    • Consumer Health
    • Optics and Acoustics
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Public Services
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Travel and Hospitality
    • Automotive
    • Consumer Goods
    • Media Measurement
    • Brand and Customer Experience
    • Consumer Panels
    • Digital Market Intelligence
    • Social Media Intelligence Center
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Mystery Shopping
    • Promotion and Causal Retail
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Point of Sales Analytics
    • Shopper
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • User Experience (UX)
    • United States
    • English

    Peter Feld joins GfK SE as new CEO

    The Supervisory Board of GfK SE has today appointed Peter Feld (51) as new Chief Executive Officer and Management Board member effective March 15, 2017.

  • Peter Feld joins GfK SE as new CEO
    • 03/10/17
    • Financial Services
    • Health
    • Consumer Health
    • Optics and Acoustics
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Public Services
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Travel and Hospitality
    • Automotive
    • Consumer Goods
    • Media Measurement
    • Brand and Customer Experience
    • Consumer Panels
    • Digital Market Intelligence
    • Social Media Intelligence Center
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Mystery Shopping
    • Promotion and Causal Retail
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Point of Sales Analytics
    • Shopper
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • User Experience (UX)
    • Canada
    • English

    Peter Feld joins GfK SE as new CEO

    The Supervisory Board of GfK SE has today appointed Peter Feld (51) as new Chief Executive Officer and Management Board member effective March 15, 2017.

  • An understanding of tomorrow's Smart Home consumer...today.
    • 03/06/17
    • Home Appliances
    • Financial Services
    • Consumer Health
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Automotive
    • Consumer Goods
    • FMCG
    • Home and Living
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • Consumer Life
    • GfK-MRI
    • United States
    • English

    An understanding of tomorrow's Smart Home consumer...today.

    As the "Smart Home" becomes reality in their fast-paced, connected lives, consumers expect seamless integration in their lives.

  • How to win the 2017 shopper
    • 03/02/17
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Consumer Goods
    • Connected Consumer
    • Global
    • English

    How to win the 2017 shopper

    Consumers tell us that they shop using both online and offline channels for different but complementary reasons. Take a look at our infographic and discover "How to win the 2017 shopper".

  • Map of the month: Share of single-person households in Cologne
    • 02/28/17
    • Retail
    • Geomarketing
    • RegioGraph
    • Picture of the month
    • Global
    • English

    Map of the month: Share of single-person households in Cologne

    In recognition of carnival celebrations on Tuesday, GfK’s Map of the Month for February illustrates the share of single-person households in one of the holiday’s strongholds in Cologne, Germany. The data is displayed at the level of detailed grid cells (data source: GfK Demographics Germany 2016).

    The map is a preview of the new grid analysis feature in the geomarketing software RegioGraph 2017, which GfK will release at the end of March.

  • UK Consumer Confidence drops one point in February to -6
    • 02/28/17
    • Fashion and Lifestyle
    • Financial Services
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Travel and Hospitality
    • Automotive
    • Consumer Goods
    • FMCG
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    UK Consumer Confidence drops one point in February to -6

    GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has decreased one point this month to -6. Three of the five measures saw decreases in February, and two measures saw increases.

  • UK Consumer Confidence drops one point in February to -6
    • 02/28/17
    • Fashion and Lifestyle
    • Financial Services
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Travel and Hospitality
    • Automotive
    • Consumer Goods
    • FMCG
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Global
    • English

    UK Consumer Confidence drops one point in February to -6

    GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has decreased one point this month to -6. Three of the five measures saw decreases in February, and two measures saw increases.

  • GfK Retail Seminar March 2017
    • 02/20/17
    • Retail
    • FMCG
    • Shopper
    • Belgium
    • English

    03/28/17 - 03/28/17
    GfK Retail Seminar March 2017

    Our goal with the Retail Seminars is to offer you insights on the shoppers of a specific retailer and how the behaviour of these shoppers explains the performance of that retailer today. You will find an answer to questions such as “What drives shoppers to go to these different retailers?” and “Which elements influence their purchases - at those retailers?” Before diving into that we also present you the latest trends in FMCG and Retail. And we will also offer you insights from the BeCommerce Market Monitor, the currency when it comes to the Belgian e-commerce, completed with some additional understandings from our Future Buy study.

  • Health and fitness – a January fling?
    • 01/31/17
    • Retail
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    Health and fitness – a January fling?

    Every year in January the word “gym membership” peaks in number of searches on Google and the gyms across the UK are filled with people determined to start a new, healthier life. GfK data shows that health and fitness is not just a January fling but is instead becoming a key feature of our general lifestyles.

     

     

  • A big sigh of relief as consumers spend at Christmas
    • 01/31/17
    • Retail
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    A big sigh of relief as consumers spend at Christmas

    Whilst a positive result is often referred to as Christmas coming early, given the uncertainty of the past 6 months, our retailers were just grateful that Christmas came at all this year.  And come it did, with overall year on year December retail growth up 4.3%, and all the big generalist retailers making lots of positive noise around December/Xmas trading results.

  • UK Consumer Confidence creeps up two points
    • 01/31/17
    • Fashion and Lifestyle
    • Financial Services
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Travel and Hospitality
    • Consumer Goods
    • FMCG
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    UK Consumer Confidence creeps up two points

    But does January’s dip in Major Purchase Index predict slowing consumer spending for 2017?

    GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has increased two points this month to -5. Three of the five measures saw increases in January, one was unchanged, and the other decreased.

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