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March 18, 2015

As Recommended by Euromonitor, Nintendo Ventures into Mobile Gaming

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

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Nintendo has just announced a new partnership with Tokyo-based mobile gaming and e-commerce company DeNA to develop game apps for smart devices featuring its iconic characters including Mario and Donkey Kong. As part of the deal, Nintendo will buy around 10% stake in the mobile gaming company marking a major shift in its global strategy.

As Euromonitor International highlighted in its latest company profile, Nintendo’s strategy of software exclusivity has been undermined by the rise of mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets, and ongoing technological improvements to these devices, especially as casual gamers form a core consumer group for the company. In the same profile, Euromonitor International rightly advised Nintendo to look at ways to leverage the strength of its games portfolio to develop apps for mobile devices.


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March 12, 2015

What does the Plain Pack Ruling mean for the UK and Irish Tobacco Markets?

Even though there has been much debate over plain packaging in the tobacco industry, until now it has been isolated in the Australian market. With this new ruling in the UK and Ireland, we anticipate plain packaging legislation to pass in other major markets in the near future. By our estimate, plain packaging in Australia has cut down on smoking prevalence by 45% since its introduction to the market four years ago. This legislation will make the operating environment much more challenging for the tobacco industry moving forward. Watch the video for complete insights.

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March 10, 2015

The Apple Watch and Beyond: Key Takeaways from Apple Inc’s Latest Event

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Toys and Games Analyst

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The March 9 Apple event was centred around the announcement of pricing and availability of the Apple Watch line up. The product line is widely expected to spark mainstream consumer interest in autonomous wearable electronics. We expect the total market size of wearable electronics to reach 71 million units globally in 2015, however only 16 million will be autonomous wearables as low cost passive wearable electronics will remain dominant though 2016.

Global Volume Sales of Wearable Electronics by Type


Source: Euromonitor International

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March 2, 2015

Samsung Betters Apple and Others in Mobile Payments War

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The mobile payments war has heated up with the official arrival of Samsung onto the scene. The world’s largest smartphone manufacturer unveiled its new mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday.

Samsung Pay, which will be available on its new line of smartphones including both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, will launch this summer in the US and South Korea. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer expects to expand the mobile payments service to Europe and China thereafter. Samsung Pay works when a user launches the service and then confirms payment with his or her fingerprint. This mobile payments service will use NFC chips to communicate with compatible POS terminals as Apple Pay does today, but a recently acquired technology will enable the Samsung Pay system to work with traditional card swipe readers as well.

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February 27, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at Coffee Fest 2015

CoffeeFestLogoRebuildBKEvent Name: Coffee Fest

Dates: June 05 - 07, 2015

Location: Chicago, IL

Event Description: Fueling your expectation with the experience of more than 300,000 coffee and tea pros that have attended since 1992. Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992. Viewed by most as the best tradeshow both nationally and internationally, Coffee Fest is specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products. Coffee Fest continues to evolve and stay at the forefront of emerging trends.

Speakers: Eric Penicka and Mark Strobel

Presentation Title: The State of the North American Coffee Market

Presentation Time and Date: Sunday, June 7th at 8:00 am

Presentation Description: This session will focus on the top coffee trends and developments in the US, Canada and Mexico using Euromonitor International’s beverages data. Join drinks researchers Mark and Eric as they provide key insights into these fast growing markets and the latest drivers of consumer demand.

Website: http://coffeefest.com/

February 19, 2015

Nestlé FY2014 Results Confirm its Need to Rethink its China/US Strategy

Lianne van den BosAnalyst Insight by Lianne van den Bos - Food Analyst

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Nestlé today reported global organic sales growth of 4.5% for the 2014 financial year, with sales exceeding CHF91.6 billion. When questioned during its financial results presentation, Nestlé’s CEO Paul Bulcke highlighted that “this year’s performance wasn’t great or outstanding, but we achieved solid growth given the market conditions”.

Whilst Nestlé grew in line with market performance, is it enough for the world’s biggest food company? Euromonitor examines if “solid growth” can be turned into “great growth” in two of its largest markets, China and the US. With growth for Nestlé lagging behind its key competitors, we look at what they are doing differently to outperform the market. 

Nestlé's Sales and Organic Growth - FY2014


Source: Nestlé 2014 Financial Results Press Release

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Samsung Readies for its Entry into Mobile Payments

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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Rumors have been rampant for a number of months that Samsung Electronics would announce its entry into the still-burgeoning mobile payments arena when it debuts its next line of smartphones in conjunction with the upcoming Mobile World Congress next month. Samsung gave mobile-payment watchers a sneak peek of those plans on Wednesday.

The announcement that the South Korean smartphone maker plans to acquire US-based start-up LoopPay is as strong of an indication as any that Samsung plans to compete against the likes of Apple Inc in order to capture some of the billions of dollars that are already shifting to mobile devices. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Cheng says,

The acquisition of LoopPay for an undisclosed amount will pit the South Korean smartphone maker against other technology giants with mobile payment services, including Google Inc., eBay Inc. ’s PayPal and Apple Pay, which started in the U.S. last fall.

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February 11, 2015

Gender Neutral Shopping: PR Puff or a New Retailing Trend?

Rob WalkerAnalyst Insight by Rob Walker - Contributing Analyst

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The first quarter of the year is a challenging time for fashion retailers in the UK. The January ‘sales’, which used to give a big boost to footfall, are now widely seen as gratuitous in a climate of year-round discounting. People are also feeling cash-strapped. It’s not only the hangover from Christmas spending. It’s the endless stream of bills that arrive at the start of the year (utilities, credit cards, tax). This is why, for many British consumers, the post-festive winter period is a time to hunker down and tighten discretionary spending. Small wonder, perhaps, that big name retailers, like Marks & Spencer, have been struggling with their apparel sales.

Tough times call for an innovative marketing agenda. Or, in the case of upmarket department store Selfridges, an innovative marketing ‘Agender’. That is the term the store has coined for its latest ploy to liven up, liberate even, the shopping experience. Here's how it works: For six weeks (during March and April) the store will merge its womenswear and menswear departments over three floors, doing away with what it calls the “limitations and stereotypes” of shopping. Out go the male and female mannequins and in come androgynous ones dressed in non-gender specific clothes. Think David Bowie meets Grace Jones, but in a modern retail setting.

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February 6, 2015

Mapping Consumer Types by Country for Successful Targeted Marketing

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Consumer types can be a powerful tool to help companies better understand and appeal to their target market. The following videos provide snapshots of country-specific consumer types, focusing on the top personality traits and key demographics of five consumer segments in each market.




For more Consumer Types Analysis

Euromonitor's new white paper  profiles seven global consumer types and offers tips for reaching these different segments. In addition, full reports with in-depth analysis of 45 country-level consumer types across nine global markets, such as the examples shown above, are available to Passport Survey subscribers and can also be purchased as standalone reports.

January 30, 2015

MasterCard and Visa Report 4th Quarter 2014 Results

Kendrick SandsAnalyst Insight by Kendrick Sands - Consumer Finance Analyst

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MasterCard and Visa reported their final quarter results of 2014 on January 30th and 29th respectively. In the fourth quarter, both Visa Inc. (excluding Visa Europe) and MasterCard reported a decline in y-o-y growth of card payment value in 2014 compared to 2013 as a result of a strengthening dollar and the falling price of gas. MasterCard acquired two companies in the fourth quarter bringing their total acquired companies in 2014 to six. The fourth quarter acquisitions of Transaction Network Services and 5one Marketing Limited focused on increasing MasterCard’s digital products, services and global reach. From 2013 to 2014 Visa Inc. and MasterCard increased total payment value by US$376 billion and US$289 billion respectively. However, MasterCard’s growth rate surpassed that of Visa with a y-o-y growth of 9.7% compared to 8.6% for Visa.

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