Commodities Roundup: August 2015

by September 4th, 2015

Listen as MP3 In July 2015, global prices of energy and metal commodities plummeted over the previous month. This reflected a sentiment of uncertainties in the global economic outlook, slowing demand from major economies, particularly China and Japan, amid excess supplies. The volatile environment in commodity prices is expected to persist for the remainder of […]

Changing Income and Expenditure of the Global Middle Class since the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis

by July 3rd, 2015

The middle class in emerging countries has continued to grow and enjoy higher purchasing power since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis while middle-class households in many developed markets have had to cut back on their spending. Rising spending in emerging economies will create wide-ranging opportunities, but as the patterns of middle-class spending growth are diverse, […]

Marketing to the ASEAN Consumer

by June 17th, 2015

  The creation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015 will unite the ten members of the ASEAN into a single market and production base. This will thrust Southeast Asia into the spotlight, attracting greater attention from multinationals which have so far been drawn mainly to China and India. By 2030, ASEAN is […]

Top 3 Drivers of Consumer Expenditure in Emerging and Developing Economies

by May 24th, 2015

With emerging and developing countries accounting for nearly 90.0% of the global population and in the context of sluggish demand growth in developed markets, insight into what drives and shapes demand in emerging markets is vital in helping businesses grow and succeed. Euromonitor International forecasts that between 2015 and 2030, real consumer spending growth in […]