The total paint* market achieved its twelfth consecutive month of decline. This fall reached -8.2% in value and was even bigger in litres (-9.5%) in the first quarter of 2017 versus 2016.
The first quarter of 2017 has seen less growth for MDA than last year with total value growth only slightly below 1%. Cooking is one product group which has stayed relatively flat, down 1% at £189million.
Total Small Kitchen Appliances (SKA) saw a drop in value of over 9% in the first 3 months of 2017 with the majority of categories declining including kettles, toasters and food preparation.
Home Enhancements in the UK are important to consumers and there’s an appetite for them to improve their homes.
GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index dropped one point to -7 in April. Four of the five measures decreased, leaving only the Major Purchase Index showing an increase.
Internationally, 59 percent of people prefer a relaxing vacation, while 35 percent prefer an active one. Brazil, South Korea and China lead for favoring relaxing vacations; Italy, France and Spain lead for active holidays. Teenagers are the most energetic, with 43 percent preferring active vacations.
GfK is delighted that Jackie Megahey has been appointed a Fellow of our UK Industry body, the Market Research society (MRS).
Mobile World Congress 2017 highlighted a potential shift in the UK mobile market brand and model landscape.
GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index remains stable at -6 in March. Three of the five measures stayed at the same level and two measures saw increases.
The newly launched GfK Customer and Audience Activation service takes GfK data such as pan-European purchasing power and combines it with Eyeota’s audiences to create aggregated segments for digital activation.
A new poll conducted by GfK shows Jeremy Corbyn is as unpopular among British adults as US President Donald Trump.
56 percent of the UK's online population read books either daily or at least once a week - just under the international average of 59 percent (across 17 countries). China has highest percentage of “every day” book readers. Netherlands and South Korea tie for the highest percentage who say they never read books. Women are more likely to be avid book readers than men.