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Smartphones The Biggest Beneficiary of Shifting Consumer Priorities in Asia Pacific

by February 13th, 2016
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As discussed in our “Consumer Electronics in Asia Pacific: How Demographics and Income Shape Demand” global briefing, shifting spending patterns have fuelled demand for personal-use, portable electronics in recent years in Asia Pacific. Smartphones, the largest contributor to portable consumer electronics, with sales exceeding US$152 billion in 2015, has benefitted greatly from this trend; as incomes […]

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Valentine’s Day Shopping – How Brands Can Beat the Crowd

by February 13th, 2016
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Jewellery has always been a popular gift choice for Valentine’s Day, which makes it an important selling season for jewellery brands. For real jewellery brands, special occasions like Valentine’s Day are more important to them compared to costume jewellery brands as real jewellery is bought less frequently.

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Top 6 Insights from the 2015 Global Consumer Trends Survey

by February 12th, 2016
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New Global Consumer survey results are here! We are excited to announce that the latest consumer survey results from the 2015 Global Consumer Trends survey are now live on Passport in the Lifestyles dashboard and in published analysis on the Lifestyles page (with more being added in the coming weeks and months!).

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Consumer Lifestyles in Australia: Australian Diners Buck Worldwide Trends and Stick with Fast Food

by February 12th, 2016
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A recent report from the BBC first highlighted one of the well-accepted stereotypes of Australia—“a sporty, outdoorsy place full of fit people and open spaces”—before revealing the truth: Australians are amongst the fattest people in the world. Indeed, just more than 30% of Australian adults (those aged 15 years-old and older) were classified as obese […]

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Fuel Prices – the Airlines’ Achilles’ Heel?

by February 12th, 2016
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Amid the news of soaring earnings from a plethora of airlines following the drastic drop in fuel prices, it is evident that not all airlines have cut passenger fares as a result of such industry developments, but, in most cases, continue to reap the benefits in the form of improved bottom lines. As it is […]

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Resuscitating Iranian Aviation

by February 10th, 2016
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In 2015, we highlighted in our Global Trends Report the growing popularity of Iran by identifying this market as the “next big tourism destination” in the Middle East. A recent announcement for an order of 118 aircrafts for its biggest flag carrier Iran Air signed by the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani with the airline manufacturer […]

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Bamboo Pulp in Green Tissue Marketplace: Interview with Peter Rostami, VP of Global Sourcing at NatureZway

by February 10th, 2016
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Green manufacturing practices and products continue to be front and centre of the industry agenda in the consumer tissue industry. While recycled products remain the mainstay of eco-friendly tissue found in the retail and away-from-home markets, recent years have also seen a number of other approaches to the development of more sustainable tissue products, such […]

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Coca-Cola in Q4: Refranchising Reflects Wider Industry Challenges

by February 9th, 2016
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The Coca-Cola Company reported a largely positive quarterly performance this morning. After adjusting for foreign currency issues in 2015, earnings beat expectations and volumes seemed to demonstrate an improvement in most key markets, particularly in still beverages categories (water, chilled RTD tea and juice). From a longer term industry perspective, there are three important points […]

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