September 2, 2014

Five Key Findings in Eyewear

Euromonitor International recently released 2014 data for our Passport: Eyewear research database. Watch the video to learn five key findings from our research.

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September 1, 2014

Danone Sets its Sights on Becoming Number One in Milk Formula as it is Rumoured to be Selling its Medical Nutrition Business

Diana.cowlandAnalyst Insight by Diana Cowland - Senior Health and Wellness Analyst

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Danone is predominantly known for its dairy products and in particular for yoghurt. It is the number one yoghurt manufacturer with a 20% share of global sales in 2014, some 12% greater than its nearest rival Yakult Honsha Co Ltd. Danone’s activities go beyond dairy to bottled water, early life nutrition and medical nutrition – although it is rumoured to be divesting its medical nutrition business, apparently to boost its performance in milk formula. Its medical nutrition business is the smallest of its business units with reported sales of €1.34 billion in 2013, in comparison to its fresh dairy unit with reported sales of €11.8 billion, Danone’s largest. This move could ultimately boost its presence in the milk formula arena in Asia Pacific, the largest and fastest-growing market globally.

Danone’s medical nutrition business includes Nutricia medical, which itself contains a wide number of products including Souvenaid and Neocate, among others. A few months ago it was rumoured that Nestlé Health Sciences could acquire the business, but now Hospira is said to be in talks with Danone. It has been reported that this sale would include all brands that fall under its medical nutrition business. Hospira states that it is the world’s leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies and so operates in a different space to Danone and one more clearly in line with Nutricia’s tube nutrition and medical device product portfolio.

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Regional Snack Food Players Achieving Growth in the US

Many regional snack food players are growing in the US using both traditional and unconventional methods. TastyKake, a Philadelphia-based pastry manufacturer expanded its distribution network in 2011 by being acquired by Flower Foods. As a result, TastyKake is now available in the southern US and is rapidly growing sales. Chicago-based SkinnyPop, other other hand, is growing without acquisition. The company sells to convince stores, mass merchandisers and drugstores in the US where low-calorie options can be limited.

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Economic Reforms in the Eurozone

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Growth figures for the second quarter in the eurozone are disappointing but countries that have enacted reforms are performing better. Spain for instance enacted financial and employment reforms and growth turned positive in the third quarter of 2013. Ireland enacted reforms as well and is now one of the top performers in the eurozone with consumer confidence growing and unemployment on a downward trend. Countries in the eurozone that have been slow to reform, such as Italy, are still paying the price. The country is in the midst of a triple dip recession with public debt reaching a new peak.

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August 31, 2014

Examining The Impact of Air Quality on City Life

Kasparas AdomaitisAnalyst Insight by Kasparas Adomaitis - Senior City Analyst

While cities offer economic opportunities, this often comes at a cost of significant hazards, such as downgraded air quality. Low-income cities, as can be seen from the graph, suffer the most from poor air quality. Most low-income and high-pollution cities are located in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific. High population density, poor handling of city waste, old vehicle fleets and household burning of fossil fuels for heating and cooking are among the reasons for the poor air quality in these cities. Some low-income cities do manage to keep their air quality in check: most of them are located in Eastern Europe where infrastructure is in place to provide central heating and ensure handling of city waste.

Air Quality and Average Income per Household in 89 Major Cities of the World, 2010

Source: Euromonitor International

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Examining the Top Ten most Motorised Cities

Kasparas AdomaitisWith Kasparas Adomaitis, Senior City Analyst

In general, average income is the single most important factor that determines consumer preferences to spend on transport or to buy private vehicles. However, lower income cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Vilnius and Athens are among the top ten cities with the highest ratio of passenger car ownership in the world.

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In these cities, passenger cars are a necessity due to inadequate transportation infastructure. Unfortunatley, poor quality vehicles tend to flood these cities, leading to air pollution and traffic.

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Alibaba: Ready to Conquer the Far West?

Filippo BattainiAnalyst Insight by Filippo Battaini - Retailing Analyst

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Alibaba has been featuring quite frequently in business news of late as the company piques investors’ interest with the issuing of its prospects for the planned IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Notably with the opening of 11Mail.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant made clear that its presence in the US market will not only be limited to Wall Street or to Silicon Valley with investments in tech start-ups and that, with this move, Alibaba will attempt to compete against its fiercest global rivals, Amazon and eBay, in their domestic territory.

Global E-Commerce Competitive Environment

At present, and despite being mainly a regional player, Alibaba is the world’s second largest e-commerce company, with total B2C value sales of US$44.3 billion in 2013, according to Euromonitor International. However, when considering other indicators, in 2013 Alibaba was already the biggest online retailer in the world. For example, in terms of Gross Merchandise Volume, the Chinese company is bigger than Amazon and eBay combined, and also appears ahead of its two main competitions in terms of profits. So how do Alibaba’s operations compare with those of its main competitors?

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August 30, 2014

The Prevalence of Electronic Payments in the UAE

Dependence on cash is shrinking in the United Arab Emirates faster than many other markets around the world due to the prevalence of electronic payment methods. Improved infrastructure and a rise in point-of-service terminals and ATMs in the country are making it easy for consumers to pay for goods and services with electronic payments. Euromonitor forecasts that card payment transactions in the UAE will grow by 10.4 percent until 2018.

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Lessons from Japan’s Lost Decade

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Japan deserves special attention on a number of counts: it has experienced the longest post-bubble stagnation among the developed countries; it has suffered from the most persistent deflationary pressures and some of the most adverse demographic changes; it has world’s largest and still fast-growing public debt; and it recently launched a quantitative easing programme unparalleled in its intensity. In this five-article series we will take a deeper look at Japan’s economy and finances.

Figure 1: Japan's GDP (Nominal Terms)

Source: Euromonitor International

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Shrinking Phone Sales Bring Familiar Problems to the Forefront at Samsung Corp

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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Along with Apple Inc, Samsung Corp has long been the envy of the consumer electronics industry. The company’s success with its Galaxy line of Android smartphones has eaten into the fortunes of once dominant players like HTC Corp. But the latest quarterly earnings confirmed that Samsung Corp’s reliance on mobile revenue and profit is a significant risk. Revenue declined 8.9% and profit fell 24% year on year in the second quarter of 2014. The fall was largely due to deteriorating operating conditions in the smartphone market, which was the focal point of my discussion of the company’s earnings forecast on CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange. Samsung’s main challenge is that outside of smartphones it has few other sources of profitability. 

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Five Key Findings in Eyewear

Danone Sets its Sights on Becoming Number One in Milk Formula as it is Rumoured to be Selling its Medical Nutrition Business

Regional Snack Food Players Achieving Growth in the US

Economic Reforms in the Eurozone

Examining The Impact of Air Quality on City Life

Examining the Top Ten most Motorised Cities

Alibaba: Ready to Conquer the Far West?

The Prevalence of Electronic Payments in the UAE

Lessons from Japan’s Lost Decade

Shrinking Phone Sales Bring Familiar Problems to the Forefront at Samsung Corp