Hong Kong and North America have the world’s most highly connected consumers - but people in the United Arab Emirates are closing in fast.
Internationally, people with a ‘save now’ mindset just outnumber people with a ‘have fun now’ mindset – but the numbers are very close.
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.
During the first quarter of 2016, the Syrian war as an ongoing cause of the refugee crisis, the terrorist threat in Europe, Great Britain's possible exit from the EU and the continued recession in major developing countries weakened the consumer climate and, in particular, the economic and income expectations of European consumers. Between December 2015 and March 2016, the consumer climate for the EU28 fell by 3.2 points to 9 points.
GfK recently monitored & analyzed the World Championship Cyclocross & their partners in Belgium, for the Royal Belgian Cycling Federation.
A 22-country survey from GfK shows 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.
In the fourth quarter of 2015, several major issues preoccupied consumers and the media, with discussions centering on the refugee crisis, the Paris attacks, and especially the improving economic figures in almost all European countries, as well as the fact that energy costs were still extremely low. From September to December 2015, the consumer climate index for the European Union increased by 1.9 points to 12.2 points.
Findings released by GfK from a 22-country survey show that 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. But what are the major (as opposed to minor) reasons that motivate people to try to look their best?
Le commerce en ligne belge a déjà parcouru plus de la moitié du chemin pour atteindre le cap des 7 milliards d’euros à la fin de l’année 2015.
Online shoppen nog steeds populair in België. Belgische e-commerce al meer dan halfweg om de kaap van € 7 miljard te behalen tegen eind 2015.
Online shoppers are famous for having instant access to price comparisons at the very moment of making a purchase – but now ‘bricks and mortar’ shoppers are bringing this behavior in-store.
The Belgian smartphone market remained more or less stable in the first part of 2015, which is in line with last years’ expectations but contrary to the growing global market.