Decline of physical entertainment market slows down - but music downloads, DVDs, hybrid toys, portable console gaming and boxed PC games continue to decline unabated.
Print book sales in Flanders grow by 1.5% while in Wallonia revenues were down 2%.
Good news coming from the Fashion market, where we ended Q2 2017 without growth or loss compared to the same quarter in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
We thought it was time to take another look at the hottest technologies impacting consumers’ lives and talk about a brand new trend which is set to transform today’s global industries and businesses.
A third of people (34 percent) in an online survey of 17 countries firmly agree that they “find it difficult to take a break from technology (my mobile device, computer, TV, etc.), even when I know I should”. This compares to less than half that number (16 percent) who firmly disagree that it is difficult to take a break.
For the first time, e-commerce in Wallonia grows faster than in Flanders.
Welcome to the first Retail Report of 2017! Stay tuned if you want to know how the Belgian non-food market performed in this first quarter.
2017 started off on a positive note, with a total increase in the non-food sales of 1.4%, compared to the same period last year. Although the year 2016 rounded up a negative growth of 0.7%, it concluded on a positive momentum in its last quarter, of +2% compared to Q4 2015. Let us hope that this positive trend is here to stay, for a great 2017! The comparison is based on the sum of all non-food markets measured by GfK POS Measurement.
During the first quarter of 2017 the IT and Office Equipment market increased in value by almost 2%, for a total value of close to 500 Mio €.