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With a challenging year in 2017 involving both political and economic crises, packaged food posted a reasonable performance in current value terms, although categories such as snacks and dairy products were the most affected by these crises. Several product areas posted strong declines in retail volume terms, including confectionery, ice cream...

Dairy consumption in Western Europe is mature in comparison to other regions in the world, with high per capita consumption. The market has been in decline in the region over the past years, with changes in consumer diets impacting demand. The declining trend does not, however, mean that there are not growth possibilities in the region, as...

While the health trend remained strong in the UK in 2017, a lack of time for food preparation continued to lead to new consumption habits. In addition, the economic climate remained challenging, resulting in consumers putting off buying or foregoing altogether products seen as non-essential. Various products in food preparation appliances,...

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit heavily affected consumer confidence in 2017, with the government reporting a significant drop in consumer spending. Rising concerns about the future of the UK economy impacted sales of many small cooking appliances, particularly those which are not used on a daily basis, such as electric grills and deep...

Consumer appliances continued to grow in 2017 in both current value and volume terms. Built-in formats remained a key trend in major appliances, driven by consumers’ increasing focus on kitchen design and the recent positive performance of the housing market. Higher quality products with new features were also launched in both small and major...

Volume growth in refrigeration appliances in 2017 was slower than the review period average. The decision to leave the EU has led to economic uncertainty, with this negatively impacting consumer confidence and spending. In addition, the housing and construction markets, although still posting a positive performance in 2017, are seeing a significant...

Home laundry appliances continued to grow in both volume and current value terms in 2017 but faced a significant slowdown due to the weakening housing and construction markets. Washer dryers continued to be the main driver of sales, closely followed by washing machines. Although built-in models recorded positive gains, home laundry appliances...

Large cooking appliances continued to perform well in 2017 in both current value and volume terms. Growth was largely driven by built-in appliances thanks to the rise of open-plan living and consumers’ increasing interest in image and design. Ovens and built-in hobs are the categories benefiting the most from this trend. As a result, freestanding...

Since 2015, 13 different trials have been run in the Czech Republic to enable users to pay by card on public transportation in various cities and regions. These trials have varied in terms of complexity. Two cities, Decin and Karlovy Vary, replaced their original one-purpose transportation cards with pre-paid cards, in cooperation with Visa...

Economic uncertainty continued in the UK in 2017 following the official trigger of Brexit in March, leading to an increase in inflation and a weaker exchange rate. This situation has led to longer replacement cycles for durable goods such as vacuum cleaners, with sales subsequently falling for the second year in a row in 2017. Euromonitor...

Life is costly in the world’s major developed cities, with closely linked outlays on housing and transport occupying a prime place in consumer incomes. How affordable a city is reveals its potential for discretionary spending, level of diversity and income inequality, appeal to the middle-class and families, as well as future economic success....

Life is costly in the world’s major developed cities, with closely linked outlays on housing and transport occupying a prime place in consumer incomes. How affordable a city is reveals its potential for discretionary spending, level of diversity and income inequality, appeal to the middle-class and families, as well as future economic success....

Increasing self-awareness is driving demand for new facial care products, including electric facial cleansers. While major manufacturers such as Clarisonic and Philips currently account for the strongest shares thanks to their well-known and reputable brands, some young and small companies are also competing in this category and building a...

Microwaves posted a marginal increase in 2017 in volume terms and a slightly stronger gain in current value terms. Category growth is slowing as consumer demand is not strong enough to sustain a high level of sales. Moreover, the category was also affected by a weaker performance from the UK housing market in 2017. It is also saturated, with...

Dishwashers continued to grow in both current value and volume terms in 2017. Despite recording slower growth than in 2016 due to a weaker housing market and a fall in consumer spending, dishwashers remained one of the healthiest categories in major appliances. Consumers are moving towards premium models offering additional features, with...

Air treatment products continued to record steady volume growth in 2017 thanks to a number of factors. Good weather drove sales of cooling products, while rising concerns about air pollution in cities benefited air purifiers. According to the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40,000 early deaths...

Packaged food registered strong growth in retail value sales in 2017. This was supported by healthy growth performances by the majority of categories. In addition, manufacturers benefited from investments in marketing, new product development and distribution, which extended the reach of their brands/products and attracted the attention of...

Packaged food continued to see positive retail current value growth in 2017. Indeed, growth was slightly faster in 2017, compared with 2016, due to improved economic conditions. In particular, stronger real GDP growth and higher disposable incomes heralded spending beyond perceived essential items, which translated into faster growth in retail...

Despite challenging economic conditions, a falling birth-rate and significant factors encouraging breastfeeding, including a strong network of human milk banks, paid maternity leave, strict monitoring of the milk formula industry and a ban on milk formula advertising, Brazil saw baby food sales rise by 8% in current value terms in 2016, reaching...

2017 was another good year for large cooking appliances, whose volume growth accelerated from 2016. The strongest volume growth was recorded by ovens, thanks to a variety of trends, followed by built-in hobs. In contrast, cookers and cooker hoods posted the most sluggish performances. Euromonitor International’s Large Cooking Appliances...

In 2017, volume sales of deep fat fryers witnessed a double-digit decline, as the consumer preference for light fryers continued to put downwards pressure on the category. Consumers in Singapore perceive light fryers as a healthier way to enjoy their favourite foods without compromising too much on taste. In addition, brand options in light...

Ecovacs officially entered Singapore in mid-2017, with Ban Leong Technologies and Hachi.tech as distributors. Previously, Ecovacs was sold in Singapore, but through parallel importers. By having appointed distributors, the reach of Ecovacs will significantly increase. The strong point of Ecovacs is its large range of models, from the lowest...

Yoghurt (sour milk products do not have a significant presence in Brazil) registered current value decline of 2% in 2017, with sales falling to BRL13.6 billion. This represented a significantly worse performance than that seen over the review period as a whole, when the category saw a CAGR of 5% in current value terms, driven by rising health-conscious...

2017 was a good year for consumer appliances in Italy, as sales grew albeit to a less extent than in 2015 and 2016. In major appliances, there were various factors boosting stronger volume growth in 2017 compared with 2016. Within home laundry appliances, automatic tumble dryers outperformed automatic washer dryers, thanks to the growing perception...

Drinking milk products saw current value growth of 7% in 2017, to reach BRL32.2 billion. This was slightly ahead of the CAGR for the review period as a whole. Lower milk production contributed to a rise in prices in the early part of the year, with ongoing value-adding innovation also helping to drive growth by building on the staple status...

Cheese in Brazil

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Cheese registered current value growth of 1% in 2017 to reach sales of BRL21.6 billion, with volumes up by 1% to 752,200 tonnes. This was a considerably slower rate of growth than that seen over the review period as a whole, particularly in value terms, as a fall in the rate of inflation contributed to stagnation in the average unit price...

Enhanced access to available information about technology and higher standards of living have greatly boosted consumers’ need for consumer appliances in Vietnam. The year 2017 also witnessed strong competition between modern retail channels for market shares as they expanded their distribution networks in untapped areas. In addition, key players...

Microwaves have been around for ages, and these are go-to appliances when consumers want to heat up or cook their food in the most convenient way possible. However, with the growth of alternatives such as light fryers, brands may have to rethink how they push microwaves to different consumer segments. Even though the cooking technology for...

The quick access to online retailers and a variety of reference sources improve the shopping experience of consumers remarkably. That is, there is very limited space to display vacuum cleaners at even major modern retailers; instead, consumers can browse dozens of models, brands, designs with detailed specifications just by tapping on the...

Whilst the health consciousness and higher living standards are increasing, demand for rice cookers with sophisticated features to serve a healthier meal is also increasing amongst middle- to high-income household. However, this does not compensate for the decreasing demand for low- to medium-priced items. The main reason is the change in...