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  • New digital maps available for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    • 05/10/19
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    New digital maps available for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

    GfK has released updated map editions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with coverage of hundreds of changes to administrative and postcode regions. Up-to-date digital maps are the basis for carrying out accurate geographic analyses in geomarketing software and BI systems. 

  • GfK releases 2019 purchasing power for Austria and Switzerland
    • 05/08/19
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    GfK releases 2019 purchasing power for Austria and Switzerland

    According to GfK's latest study, the Swiss have a 2019 per capita purchasing power of €42,067, significantly outpacing the Austrians (€24,067) and Germans (€23,779). 

  • Map of the Month: Six-digit postcodes, Colombia 2019
    • 04/24/19
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    Map of the Month: Six-digit postcodes, Colombia 2019

    GfK's Map of the Month for April depicts the six-digit postcode boundaries for a region of Colombia.

  • RegioGraph 2019 now available
    • 03/28/19
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    RegioGraph 2019 now available

    GfK has released the latest version of its geomarketing software RegioGraph. 

  • Map of the Month: Single-person households, Germany 2018
    • 02/27/19
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    Map of the Month: Single-person households, Germany 2018

    GfK's Map of the Month for February shows the 2018 distribution of single-person households in Germany.

  • New digital maps available for 54 countries in the Americas
    • 02/19/19
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    New digital maps available for 54 countries in the Americas

    GfK has released a new, comprehensively overhauled map edition for the Americas.

  • Regensburg remains top spot for single households in Germany
    • 02/13/19
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    Regensburg remains top spot for single households in Germany

    Germany’s highest share of single-person households is in the urban district of Regensburg, while the highest share of households with children is in the rural district of Cloppenburg.

  • Map of the Month: GfK Purchasing Power, Germany 2019
    • 01/14/19
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    Map of the Month: GfK Purchasing Power, Germany 2019

    GfK's Map of the Month for January shows the projected distribution of purchasing power in Germany in 2019.

  • Map of the Month: GfK Purchasing Power density, Europe 2018
    • 12/20/18
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    Map of the Month: GfK Purchasing Power density, Europe 2018

    GfK's Map of the Month for December shows the 2018 distribution of purchasing power density (mil. € per km²) across Europe at the two-digit postcode level.

  • Map of the Month: GfK Purchasing Power, Europe 2018
    • 11/15/18
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    Map of the Month: GfK Purchasing Power, Europe 2018

    GfK's Map of the Month for November shows the distribution of purchasing power across Europe in 2018.

  • GfK releases updated maps for all of Europe
    • 10/29/18
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    GfK releases updated maps for all of Europe

    GfK has released its Europe Map Edition 2018/2019, which includes thousands of changes to Europe's regions.

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    Energy efficiency: the rise of the ‘A’ team in domestic appliances

    Picture the modern, Connected Consumer: they can use their smartphones to turn down the heating at home if the sun comes out. They can pay bills online and check their bank balance. They can even monitor their home energy consumption via an app at any time of day or night.

    With this level of on-demand updates and control – not to mention high energy prices and constant news stories on the need for environmental action – it is no surprise that consumers are increasingly conscious of their personal energy use.

    In this blog post, we take a look at the current landscape for sales of the most energy-efficient major domestic appliances (MDAs) across Europe, together with what factors are driving or hindering sales in the different countries.

    “Better-than-A+ rated” appliances made up nearly 50% of all EU sales in 2015

    Modern focus on energy efficiency is reflected in the number of MDAs that people across Europe purchased last year that were rated as A+++ or A++ (the two highest bands for the most highly energy efficient appliances; rating run from A to D).

    Just short of half of total number of washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, coolers/refrigerators and freezers (the “MDA5”) sold across 25 European countries were from the two highest classes for energy efficiency. The A++ appliances alone accounted for a quarter (25.6 percent) of all appliances sold, while the top-rated A+++ appliances accounted for a fifth (21.7 percent).

    There are, however, significant differences between different countries. Germany, for example, is significantly ahead of other countries – with well over two-thirds (71.1 percent) of all MDA5 appliances bought in that country last year being A-rated. Compare this to Ireland and Great Britain, where the figure is only just over a quarter (27.3 percent).

     

    What is influencing ‘eco’ purchases in the different countries?

    1. Electricity prices 

    The most obvious factor influencing purchases of energy efficient appliances is the cost of energy in each country.

    Germany, for example, which comes top for sales of “better-than-A+ rated” appliances, has the highest price for electricity across all the countries surveyed, apart from Denmark – which lies third. By contrast, France, where there is a high share of nuclear power producing low-cost energy, comes well towards the bottom of the table.

    2. MDA is a push market

    We should also consider that the MDA sector is a “push” market, rather than a “pull” market. What we mean by this is that the items that manufacturers produce and that retailers offer determine what consumers will buy (compared to, for example, the smartphone market, where the shorter product lifecycle and fast turn-around means that consumer demand for certain features drives what manufacturers produce).

    Over the last decade, the MDA market leader in Germany, Austria and Denmark focused heavily on energy efficiency as its unique selling point – and therefore pushed sales of highly efficient appliances. This certainly played a strong role in producing the significant lead that Germany showed last year for its purchases of such appliances compared to other countries. It will be interesting to watch whether Germany maintains this level of lead during 2016.

    3. Consumer mindset

    Another factor in country differences over purchases of “better-than-A+ rated” appliances is each nation’s consumer mindset. In Great Britain, for example, the white goods market has a history of offering regular ‘special offer’ promotions in order to win attention in a highly concentrated retail scene. This has trained British consumers to go for the cheapest offerings, which, by nature, are unlikely to be highly energy efficient.

    4. National average income

    The average national level of personal disposable income is also an obvious factor in purchases of these appliances, since they are typically more expensive. This is certainly a factor for the MDA purchases in economically-hit countries such as Greece, as well as the more recent EU member countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania. This is reflected in the fact that they sit in the bottom third of the table for percentage of energy-saving appliances being bought.

    For more information on our sales data for major domestic appliances (as well as small domestic appliances and other product groups), please email me on anton.eckl@gfk.com.