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  • Retail in general: Second quarter of 2017 declines with 1.3%
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Retail in general: Second quarter of 2017 declines with 1.3%

    The second quarter of 2017 ended with a small decline of 1.3% in non-food sales, compared to the same period last year. Nevertheless, looking at the period from January until June, we still end on a positive note with a growth of 1.5% in the non-food market.

  • Consumer Electronics: Still under pressure
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Consumer Electronics: Still under pressure

    With a value of €185m and 870,000 units sold, the CE market did not manage to exceed last year’s performance.

  • IT & Office: A decrease in the second quarter for IT & Office
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    IT & Office: A decrease in the second quarter for IT & Office

    During the second quarter of 2017 the IT and Office Equipment market decreased in value by almost 5%, for a total value close to €440m. For the first half of 2017, the decline was -1.1% for a total value of €940m.

  • Telecom: Smartphone market slowing down
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Telecom: Smartphone market slowing down

    With a turnover of €300m, the telecom business passed the test and increased by +3.4%. The one factor to blame for this slowdown is the most important product within the Telecom Market, the smartphone, which only gained a tiny 1%.

  • Major Domestic Appliances: Home appliance in cooling-down mode
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Major Domestic Appliances: Home appliance in cooling-down mode

    After many quarters of continuous growth, the MDA market has come to a standstill in Q2. A modest year-to-date growth is nevertheless retained. However, a wide dissimilarity between the categories is noticed this quarter. While the washing category fell dramatically, cooling companies showed great expansion.

  • Small Domestic Appliances: Negative second quarter for SDA
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Small Domestic Appliances: Negative second quarter for SDA

    The Belgian market for Small Domestic Appliances shows a small decrease (-2%) for the period from April to June 2017. Most product groups show a decline, only a few showed positive results.

  • Media & Entertainment: With a 0.3% growth, entertainment Q2 sales recover slightly for the second quarter in a row
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Media & Entertainment: With a 0.3% growth, entertainment Q2 sales recover slightly for the second quarter in a row

    Decline of physical entertainment market slows down - but music downloads, DVDs, hybrid toys, portable console gaming and boxed PC games continue to decline unabated.

  • Books: Belgian print book sales stable in the second quarter
    • 08/31/17
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Books: Belgian print book sales stable in the second quarter

    Print book sales in Flanders grow by 1.5% while in Wallonia revenues were down 2%.

  • Fashion: Fashion Market stays stable
    • 08/31/17
    • Fashion and Lifestyle
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Belgium
    • English

    Fashion: Fashion Market stays stable

    Good news coming from the Fashion market, where we ended Q2 2017 without growth or loss compared to the same quarter in 2016. 

  • Garden centers should target people in their thirties and households with children under 12 years old, according to GfK
    • 08/24/17
    • Belgium
    • English

    Garden centers should target people in their thirties and households with children under 12 years old, according to GfK

    Nearly a third of the online population across 17 countries does gardening or yard work either daily or weekly, according to data just published by GfK. This is made up of a quarter (24 percent) who garden at least once a week, and a further seven percent who garden every day or most days. This slightly outweighs the 24 percent who say that they never do any gardening.

  • Latin Americans, Italians and Chinese most frequently entertain guests at home, of 17 nations
    • 07/26/17
    • Belgium
    • English

    Latin Americans, Italians and Chinese most frequently entertain guests at home, of 17 nations

    On average, a quarter of people entertain guests in their home either daily or weekly, and a further third entertain monthly. Less than one in ten people say that they never entertain guests in their home. These insights are from an online survey across 17 countries conducted by global researchers, GfK, with the definition of ‘entertain guests’ left open, so it covers everything from dinner parties to having friends around to watch a film or sports or simply to chat over a coffee.

  • GfK Consumer Climate Europe: The EU consumer climate remains friendly
    • 07/18/17
    • Belgium
    • English

    GfK Consumer Climate Europe: The EU consumer climate remains friendly

    The positive mood among European consumers has also continued into the second quarter of 2017. After the nine-year peak at the beginning of the year, the consumer climate has remained at a high level for the EU 28 and closed at 19.1 points at the end of June. Overall, the results of the GfK consumer climate study are again quite mixed for Europe in the second quarter of 2017.