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September 12, 2014

IFA 2014: Flagship Smartphones Aplenty but is Anyone Buying?

Weeteck_looAnalyst Insight by Loo Wee Teck - Head of Consumer Electronics Research

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Manufacturers were rushing to showcase their flagship smartphones at the IFA trade show in Berlin, ahead of Apple Inc’s event on 9 September. Samsung Corp showed the fourth generation of its mammoth Note family and Sony Corp introduced the Xperia Z3 (third generation) of its waterproof smartphone range. Almost all flagship smartphones are supporting the following

  1. 64-bit architecture
  2. LTE-Advanced
  3. Quad HD screens 

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September 11, 2014

The Impact of the Indian Budget on Consumer Goods and Services

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The Union Budget of India for 2014-2015, presented on July 10 has an impact on almost every area of consumer goods and services in the country. Research analysts from Euromonitor International’s office in Bangalore, India respond to the budget in this podcast series.

 

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 Featuring:  Shabori Das - Research Analyst, Ina Dawer, - Senior Research Analyst, Manjunath Reddy - Research Analyst and Priyanshu Rana - Reseach Analyst

Introduction to the Big Indian Budget (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on the Tobacco Market (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Internet Retailing (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Consumer Electronics (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Consumer Finance (mp3

The Indian Budget's Impact on Food and Beverages (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Travel and Tourism (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Apparel and Footwear (mp3)

Apple Inc Unveils its Most Significant Product Refresh Since the iPad

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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After months of speculation, fuelled by an unusually high number of leaks, Apple Inc has lifted the curtain on the 2014 refresh of its iPhone line, as well as the highly-anticipated Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payment platform. Apple Pay and its prospects are discussed in detail in a separate piece by Michelle Evans, Consumer Finance Senior Analyst. The refresh comes at a crucial time for the company as it is facing a difficult operating environment, with slowing growth in smartphones and tablets, along with intensifying competition. These factors are proving troublesome, even for some of Apple’s largest competitors, but with a strong portfolio of integrated products, backed by an enviable amount of brand equity, Apple Inc looks poised to remain successful, despite diminishing growth prospects in key categories.

Global Retail Volume Sales Growth in Key Categories 2014-2018

Source: Euromonitor International

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September 7, 2014

Rounding Smartwatches Won’t Make Them Mainstream Products

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Consumer Electronics Analyst

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Wearable electronics and smartwatches in particular are seen as one of the categories with the greatest potential in consumer electronics, especially as growth in tablets and smartphones slows. But, while passive wearable electronics like fitness bracelets FitBit and Jawbone have been gaining mainstream acceptance in developed markets, more capable and expensive autonomous wearable electronics from Samsung, LG and Sony have failed to gain significant sales in 2014. Much of this has been blamed on the obscure aesthetics of smartwatches, most of which had a rectangular-shaped face. A growing number of manufacturers are hoping that creating a product more closely resembling a watch will drive volume sales. But with software optimised for autonomous wearable electronics still in the early stages of development, making these devices useful and driving sales will be difficult in the short run.

Global Volume Sales of Autonomous Wearable Electronics

Source: Euromonitor International

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August 30, 2014

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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August 28, 2014

The Internet of Things: What Does it Mean for Businesses and Consumers?

Pavel_MarceuxAnalyst Insight by Pavel Marceux - Technology, Communications and Media Specialist

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Driven by the rising interconnectivity of digital devices and access to fast broadband, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform traditional relationships between consumers and their environment. In essence, IoT signifies the capability to connect everyday devices and appliances, such as fridges, toothbrushes, thermostats and watches, to web-based networks. This integration opens up a number of new segments, ranging from data-analysis instruments for both businesses and consumers, to small-screen advertising, digital device updates and a variety of communications add-ons. However, IoT is only at present applicable to advanced markets, which have strong IT infrastructure, while infringes to consumer privacy are also a potential concern.

Global Internet Penetration and Consumer Spending on Household Durables: 2008-2013

Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics/Eurostat/UN/OECD/ITU

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August 27, 2014

What Happens to Electronics Companies once their Core Products Mature?

Both Samsung and Sony own core products that are performing well globally; Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones and Sony’s Playstation 4 gaming console respectively. However if these products are factored out, both companies are struggling in almost every other business segment. Samsung and Sony must have plans in place if either of their core product bases reaches maturity.

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Strategy Briefing: Opportunities and Challenges in Global Participatory Sport

250_particSport-v1.1According to our new report, health and vanity have been the two largest influencers on consumer exercise.  Obesity has been identified largely as a public health issue due to excessive amounts of media coverage. Therefore, governments around the world have started many initiatives to encourage consumers to exercise more.  Some have even increased funding for public sports facilities or provided tax incentives. 

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Physical attractiveness has also been an important aspect of exercise, as mass media applies much pressure on the consumer to appear perfect, with many ads featuring airbrushed models.  This aspirational perfectionism has not only fuelled interest in exercise but has also increased body disorders, which have also risen over the past decade.

Some of the latest popular exercises include extreme sports such as rock climbing and adventure sports such as triathlons. Many health clubs continued to see growth in developed countries as well, even in spite of the recession.

The increased participation in exercise has led to marketing opportunities and product success in many industries, particularly apparel.  Sportswear sales have consistently outperformed the wide apparel market over recent years, with outdoor clothing becoming popular. 

“There are many market opportunities within apparel, health and supplements, sports and energy drinks, and electronics to cater to the exercise and health conscious consumer,” says Editorial Director, Gina Westbrook.  “Our report really highlights opportunities and challenges globally within exercise and sports consumption.”

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August 18, 2014

What is the Next Revenue Generator for Consumer Electronics Companies?

Smartphones and tablets have been the main growth drivers in consumer electronics for quite some time, but saturation in both emerging and mature markets is causing a slowdown in sales of these devices. Manufacturers are looking to new growth opportunities, and wearable electronics are the primary choice for most electronics companies. However, these devices will eventually drop in price due to market saturation, thus companies will have to turn to a more profitable revenue stream.

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August 9, 2014

Thailand and Philippines: New Hotspots for M-Commerce

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Southeast Asia is the new prime spot for m-commerce, given the massive online retail market driven by the burgeoning smartphone and internet penetration rates. While developed markets like Singapore have the highest rates of smartphone penetration, developing markets like the Philippines and Thailand are, in fact, leading the region in terms of m-commerce retail value. With a youthful population base that is increasingly digitally connected, along with better payment options, these markets are poised to dominate internet retailing within the region.

Source: Euromonitor International 

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IFA 2014: Flagship Smartphones Aplenty but is Anyone Buying?

The Impact of the Indian Budget on Consumer Goods and Services

Apple Inc Unveils its Most Significant Product Refresh Since the iPad

Rounding Smartwatches Won’t Make Them Mainstream Products

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

The Internet of Things: What Does it Mean for Businesses and Consumers?

What Happens to Electronics Companies once their Core Products Mature?

Strategy Briefing: Opportunities and Challenges in Global Participatory Sport

What is the Next Revenue Generator for Consumer Electronics Companies?

Thailand and Philippines: New Hotspots for M-Commerce