At a macro level, economic conditions around the globe ended 2018 on an upbeat note. Global consumer confidence was at its highest level in 14 years, but 39 of the 64 countries included in the global Consumer Confidence Index reported declines in consumer sentiment.
Globally, 58%of global consumers feel they are better off financially than they were five years ago, but there is also a sizeable proportion of consumers who feel that they are only in survival mode, with sentiment differing considerably by region and country.
As 2018 starts to wind down, economic and consumer spending trends for a majority of markets around the world are in better standing than they were earlier in the year.
Here’s a look at some of the major shifts we’re tracking to help our clients stay in prime position to capitalize on the opportunities they’ll present in the coming years.
From a global perspective, prospects for the remainder of the year appear largely positive. In Q1, confidence grew across Western Europe, the economic recovery in Latin America looks promising in a number of markets, dollar sales of FMCG in North America performed well, and growing disposable...
Morocco marked its first introduction to the Nielsen’s consumer confidence survey in the third quarter with an index score of 85. This quarter’s addition of Morocco brings the total number of countries surveyed to 61, globally.
Consumer confidence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had the highest index of five countries measured by Nielsen in Middle East/Africa region (108), but the country's confidence decreased seven points from the first quarter—the biggest quarterly decline in six years.
The importance of Saudi Arabia to the Middle East cannot be understated. As the largest country in the region with the highest oil reserves in the world, Saudi Arabia is a key player in the Middle East's geo-politics.
Consumer Confidence in the Middle East/Africa region dipped one-index point in the fourth quarter, ending 2014 with a score of 95. The score marked a five-point increase from the fourth quarter of 2013. Among the five countries measured in the region, three saw quarterly consumer confidence...
By Mustafa Moosajee, Managing Director, Nielsen Pakistan Several years of internal political shuffling as well as low levels of foreign investment have led to recent slow growth and underdevelopment in Pakistan. But the situation has now changed. Democracy appears to have gained traction in...