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April 17, 2015

The Gadget Show Live Thrills Enthusiasts but Where Were the Toy Companies?

Utku_TanselAnalyst Insight by Utku Tansel - Head of Toys and Games Research

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Euromonitor International attended The Gadget Show Live, held at the NEC, Birmingham, UK’s second largest city, over 7-12 April 2015. Based around the very popular Channel 5 programme in the UK, the event included features such as Game Zone and Super Theatre, where the presenters of the TV show took to the stage to test out some of the latest tech on the market.

The exhibition’s wide demographic range attracted children as well as adults. The specific sections targeting children included the Build Your Own Gadgets zone as well as Kids Tech Toy Trail (sponsored by Vivid), where children were able to play with a number of toys, namely Crayola’s Colour Alive, Real FX Slotless Racing and i-Que Intelligent Robot. While Active Zone focused on wearable technology, Robo Challenge included 2015 Fighting Robots Featherweight World Championships. Drones accounted for a considerable portion of the exhibition, attracting much interest from the attendees. GAME, a video games retailer, was also present, allowing participants to test leading games and consoles in its busy stand.

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Bolivia pierde US$ 101 millones por mercado ilegal de bebidas


El equipo de consultoría de Euromonitor International presentó los resultados del estudio sobre el mercado de Alcohol Ilegal en Bolivia, investigación que se realizó entre diciembre de 2014 y marzo de 2015.  Según la investigación, en 2013 el Estado dejó de recibir 56 millones de dólares por la evasión fiscal del contrabando de bebidas alcohólicas en el país, el resto de pérdidas se debieron a falsificaciones y a la producción artesanal ilegal. Los objetivos del estudio incluyeron medir el tamaño del alcohol ilegal y su impacto en la comercialización legal del mismo, así como comprender la cadena de valor del mercado. Los resultados obtenidos en este estudio entregan una base  que permite comprender el alcance de las actividades ilícitas en torno al alcohol en Bolivia, y permiten empezar a crear conciencia entre los consumidores y las autoridades, así como construir un plan estratégico para abordar y enfrentar la situación.


Trends in Healthcare Impacting Competition in Medical Devices


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The global medical and surgical equipment industry is worth US$266 billion with the US and Western Europe accounting for 66% of total turnover. This podcast discusses western health care systems aiming to curb healthcare costs and consolidation of medical device procurement as they affect device manufacturers.  Listen for complete insights.

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April 16, 2015

TripAdvisor Challenges OTAs through Instant Booking Functionality

Angelo RossiniAnalyst Insight by Angelo Rossini - Contributing Analyst

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TripAdvisor is currently one of the “Big Three” global players in online travel in terms of market capitalisation and web traffic, together with Priceline and Expedia. However, the company, in spite of its strong growth over the past five years in terms of both revenues and popularity with consumers, is less able to monetise its traffic than the other two big online travel players as it is currently not processing transactions on its sites, but provides links to external sites, and especially to its two largest customers, which are Expedia and Priceline themselves, earning advertising fees for this service.

The goal to finding a way to better monetise its traffic was behind the launch in 2014 of the Instant Booking functionality, based on a hybrid model that is between the OTA and media models. If this new functionality meets the favour of hotel companies and consumers, TripAdvisor will be able to increase its revenues and, at the same time, will become a direct competitor for OTAs.

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Oil, Derailments and Regulation – Growth Formula For Canada’s Railway Industry

Arunas-UmbrasasAnalyst Insight by Arunas Umbrasas - Industry Analyst

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As Canadian oil production and exports to the US are booming, pipelines are an obvious way to handle logistics. However, Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, Energy East and MacKenzie Valley Oil pipeline projects are stuck in limbo and rail operators have stepped in, in a frantic attempt to compensate. Roaring growth comes at the cost of trains operating at unsafe speeds, outdated tanker cars, and ensuing derailments. The government and firms themselves have been quick to respond by strengthening safety regulations. With prospects outweighing compliance costs, regulation is boosting investment in safety and promoting innovation among rail car producers, setting up the railway industry for robust growth over the forecast period.

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April 15, 2015

Top Four Trends in Skin Care in 2015

Nicole_TyrimouAnalyst Insight by Nicole Tyrimou - Beauty and Personal Care Analyst

While new product development in skin care has been as active as ever in 2014, it was Estée Lauder’s acquisition sprint that stole the limelight. After a couple of inactive years, the premium player acquired two US niche skin care brands (GlamGlow and Rodin Olio Lusso) in the space of two months. Unilever followed suit with the acquisition of British natural skin care brand REN in early 2015 indicating that this is the year of niche. In addition, Asia’s beauty influence in skin care is becoming increasingly stronger, from innovation to multi-step routines, and the continent, with South Korea in particular, is increasingly regarded as the holy ground of skin care innovation. Finally, 2014 had been a good year for organisations pushing for cruelty-free cosmetics, a trend expected to continue in 2015, as India banned import of cosmetics tested on animals, while China stopped mandatory animal testing for locally-manufactured cosmetics.

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Which Brands Could Procter & Gamble Divest to Inject Growth Elsewhere?

Oru_MohiuddinAnalyst Insight by Oru Mohuiddin - Senior Beauty and Personal Care Analyst.

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Procter & Gamble has stated plans to divest 90-100 brands. Some brands that could potentially be divested, including Wella and Braun, have already received a great deal of publicity. However, there also continues to be widespread speculation about other brands that the company could shed. The brands chosen are likely to be in three key areas:

  • Non-core brands failing to generate incremental revenue growth for the company
  • Brands that do not align with the company’s overall growth model
  • Smaller fragmented brands with limited regional focus

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April 13, 2015

Etsy Risks Diluting its “Indie” Cachet as IPO Beckons

Rob WalkerAnalyst Insight by Rob Walker - Contributing Analyst

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Etsy, the New York-based Internet retailer that specialises in handmade and vintage products (everything from old-school manual typewriters to trendy hand printed t-shirts), has filed plans to list on the stock market. It’s a big deal. The IPO could value Etsy as high as US$2 billion, and turn it into a major global e-commerce player. Currently, it still ranks outside the top 25 Internet retailers in the US, according to data from Euromonitor.

There are risks in turning a quirky ‘indie’ brand into a fully-fledged corporate one, though. Etsy is made up mostly of small-scale producers with staunchly artisanal principles. The business is not even profitable (see chart below). There is an argument that once Etsy becomes answerable to shareholders, it will need to distance itself from some of its core arts and crafts heritage. That, in turn, could jeopardise a key point of competitive differentiation from bigger e-commerce rivals, not least eBay and Amazon.

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Consumers in Asia’s Markets of the Future


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Euromonitor’s Markets of the Future reports identify Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Sri Lanka as the region’s next generation of consumer markets. Although consumers in these countries have limited purchasing power, growth is strong and rapid urbanisation, poverty reduction, economic growth and the establishment of modern retailing formats are supporting sales of a wide range of consumer goods. Many big-name brands are well established in specific categories, whilst local brands continue to dominate elsewhere.  

Size versus speed

Bangladesh’s consumer market is by far the largest of the five countries – bigger than the other four combined.  With consumer expenditure of US$139 billion in 2014, Bangladesh is a similar size to Finland. Bangladesh is probably best known for its ready-to-wear garment export sector but its scale and economic prospects mean it has the potential to be a vibrant consumer market in its own right. With per capita spending of only US$880 in 2014, low purchasing power means it is not an easy market for multinationals, but with the country’s most sizeable consumer product categories - packaged food and apparel - achieving sales of US$9,826 million and US$3,354 million respectively in 2013, it offers opportunities for those with the right products and services.

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April 12, 2015

Unconventional Perfumery Concepts: A Market-Alleviating Buzz or Transient Fads?

Nicholas MicallefAnalyst Insight by Nicholas Micallef - Beauty and Personal Care Analyst

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Faced with lacklustre market prospects in fragrances, several players are actively engaging in radical novel concepts in their bid to drive a fundamental change in the way fragrance players compete. Seemingly, such new concepts target a select group of affluent perfume aficionados who are likely to try original product novelties and brand themselves as lead adopters. Provided these succeed with the trendsetters, is it possible that alternative fragrance concepts stimulate interest and trickle down to the mainstream market? Below we elaborate on three new emerging concepts.

Cocktail bar collaboration – a new diversification avenue?

A fragrance-inspired cocktail is not the first alcoholic beverage that springs to mind when ordering a drink at a bar. However, LVMH’s Givenchy fragrance house has teamed up with London’s prestigious Hotel Café Royal to develop its line of cocktails that mirrors the exclusive collection L’Atelier de Givenchy launched in 2014.

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The Gadget Show Live Thrills Enthusiasts but Where Were the Toy Companies?

Bolivia pierde US$ 101 millones por mercado ilegal de bebidas

Trends in Healthcare Impacting Competition in Medical Devices

TripAdvisor Challenges OTAs through Instant Booking Functionality

Oil, Derailments and Regulation – Growth Formula For Canada’s Railway Industry

Top Four Trends in Skin Care in 2015

Which Brands Could Procter & Gamble Divest to Inject Growth Elsewhere?

Etsy Risks Diluting its “Indie” Cachet as IPO Beckons

Consumers in Asia’s Markets of the Future

Unconventional Perfumery Concepts: A Market-Alleviating Buzz or Transient Fads?