April 18, 2014

Latin American Travellers Prefer Pampering, Indulgence on Holiday

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Preference for Indulgence while on Holiday

Vacationing Latin Americans Like to be Pampered

There are many ways to relax and have fun on a short city break or a week-long vacation to the beach. However, Latin American travellers have a particular recipe for rest and recuperation while on vacation – and its main ingredient is pampering. A day at the spa? Luxurious lodging? Latin Americans like to be pampered while on vacation more than holiday-makers from any other region in the world.

Consumer Enjoyment of Pampering while Travelling


Source:    Euromonitor International Consumer Survey; Out and About 2012.

Note:        Showing per cent of respondents who like to be pampered while travelling, by continent. Results shown give equal weight to 15 markets surveyed. “Latin America” includes: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico; “Europe” includes: France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Russia, UK; “North America” includes: US; “Australia” includes: Australia; “Asia” includes: China, India, Indonesia, Japan.

It is worth noting that Spanish travellers also depart from the rest of the world in their preference for pampering while out of town. Spain shares many cultural similarities with Latin America and Spanish travellers are just as likely to appreciate a facial or another indulgence while on holiday as travellers from Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

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Role of Internet in Travel Plans of Global Online Consumers

The Role of the Internet in Travel

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An exploration of the role of the internet in travel plans of online consumers. Based on the results of Euromonitor International’s Out and About survey (2012) and Euromonitor industry research.


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April 17, 2014

Western European Phosphate Ban to Reward Innovative Formulations

Anaïs_MirvalAnalyst Insight by Anais Mirval - Ingredients Analyst

The 2010 phosphate ban in North America forced manufacturers of automatic dishwashing detergents to move away from sodium triphosphate, and this has not been without consequences. The performance of automatic dishwashing products has declined and the habit of using cheap automatic dishwashing powders and liquids is very much alive. Consumers are trading down while also adding automatic dishwashing additives to their shopping trolleys.

However, the impact of the 2017 phosphate ban in Western Europe could take another direction. With a wide range of new performing builders now available on the market, Western Europeans may not trade down and sales of automatic dishwashing detergents could even increase. Thus, glutamic acid diacetic acid tetrasodium salt (GLDA), methylglycine diacetic acid trisodium salt (MGDA) and trisodium citrates (TSC, TSA) are very much in line to benefit the most from the ban, even though product manufacturers remain sceptical about the potential of newly developed ingredients. 

Consumption of Automatic Dishwashing Detergents

Source: Euromonitor International

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Scenario Analysis of a Successful Modular Phone Project

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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On 15 April, Google Inc held its first of three planned developer conferences for Project Ara developers. The project is still in its early stages, with some of the most important issues set to be addressed in autumn 2014. The project timeline puts the phone’s launch in January 2015, but with things like regulatory and carrier certification, manufacturing and supply chain management, after market support, and OS support for a modular design still in the future, it is impossible to make any forecasts about the project’s commercial success and unit sales with any degree of certainty. What is clear is that any increase in ownership of modular phones will have an adverse effect on aggregate smartphone demand


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The EU’s Investment Black Hole

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Declining  Gross Fixed Capital Investment Across the EU

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Between 2008 and 2013 Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) declined in all EU member states. The largest single decline was in Greece, where GFCF was €36 billion less in 2013 than it was in 2008 (in 2013 prices). Yet in terms of importance to GDP, GFCF contributes the least to GDP in Ireland. GFCF, which is a measure of investment, is important as it lays the foundations for future economic growth.

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April 16, 2014

The Battleground of Automatic Dishwashing

Serena-jianAnalyst Insight by Serena Jian - Senior Home Care, Tissue and Hygiene Analyst

Globally, automatic dishwashing (ADW) continues to be led by Reckitt Benckiser and its eponymous Finish brand, which generated value sales of US$2.1 billion in 2013, three times those of Procter & Gamble’s Cascade brand and over 10 times the sales of Fairy (also owned by Procter & Gamble).  

Although its global value share plateaued at 37% in 2013, Finish has grown strongly over the last decade, up from a 30% value share in 2004, with the best performances in 2007 and 2008, when the economic boom encouraged consumers to purchase dishwashers and trade up to Finish Quantum, released at the tail end of 2005. While the brand continued to see value sales grow even during the recession, although at a reduced rate, most notably due to a downturn in the US ADW market in 2013, the Finish brand has been somewhat unaffected by the recession or the threat of private label, which might have been predicted to derail its development. 

While private label might still be considered a threat, rival brands Fairy and Cascade, although trailing, are fast becoming a notable challenger with packaging one way to achieve on-shelf differentiation. How long can Finish hold onto its throne? Euromonitor International investigates. 


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The Cheesecake Factory Takes its Success Worldwide

Although casual dining has been a long-struggling category in consumer foodservice, the niche segment of premium casual dining has performed particularly well in recent years. Premium casual includes chains such as The Cheesecake Factory, Bonefish Grill and BJ’s. The Cheesecake Factory continues to be a highlight with a strong presence in the US and recent expansion to countries including the UAE, Mexico and Brazil. The chain has consistently outperformed its peers in recent years and is expected to continue to grow worldwide over the next five years.

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Vorsprung Durch China: Sales Restrictions in Chinese Cities Will Not Stop Audi Becoming the World’s Best-Selling Premium Brand

Neil-KingAnalyst Insight by Neil King - Automotive Analyst

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There has been a flurry of announcements recently regarding the record sales of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars in March and the first quarter of 2014. Better weather in the US, the recovery of car sales in Europe and the later timing of Easter this year are all cited as reasons for the on-going surge in demand for the German premium carmakers’ offerings. Whereas these are all contributory factors, the omission of any reference to the swelling ranks of wealthier consumers around the world who can afford upscale cars, especially in China, is noticeable. After all, it is this ever expanding pool of new consumers in their largest market that will ultimately make Audi the best-selling premium brand in the world. Car sales restrictions in Chinese cities will naturally slow proceedings but Audi’s investments in both its dealer network and local production of compact models is bound to more than compensate.

Two years ago, I discussed the correlation between sales of Audi, BMW and Mercedes brand cars and the development of households with over US$100,000 annual disposable income and the predictions made then still hold up today. First, China became the largest market for the combined sales of Audi, BMW and Mercedes in 2012. In fact, China became the largest single market for Audi in 2011 and for BMW in 2013, with only Mercedes still more dependent on sales in the US and Germany. Second, global sales for the three German premium brands are still on track to easily exceed 5 million units in 2015 – in fact, the 5-million milestone is likely to be reached in 2014 given the recovery in the US and Europe and the continuously rising number of affluent households around the world. Third, despite the model offensives of BMW and Mercedes, Audi’s leadership in China will propel it to become the largest premium carmaker, albeit not before 2015.

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El consumidor español se interesa por el bricolaje

EURO_NT_Cruz.DelBarrio_LThumbWith Cruz del Barrio, Head of Home and Garden Research

 La crisis ha cambiado el panorama del bricolaje en España. En el pasado, la gente contrataba "manitas", albañiles y pintores para las obras en casa. Desde que comenzó la crisis, los consumidores españoles se han vuelto especialmente sensibles a los precios y una especie de fiebre del "hágalo usted mismo" recorre el país. A pesar de estos factores, el mercado del bricolaje sigue sin registrar un crecimiento positivo, aunque la caída en 2013 fue ligeramente menor que la de 2012.

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Changing Consumer Attitudes Towards Home Improvement in Spain

EURO_NT_Cruz.DelBarrio_LThumbWith Cruz del Barrio, Head of Home and Garden Research

The economic crisis has changed the landscape of the home and garden market in Spain. In the past, consumers would hire handymen, decorators and builders for their home improvement needs. Since the crisis, consumers in Spain have become increasingly price sensitive and a do-it-yourself attitude has swept the country. Despite the changing spending habits, the home and garden market has yet to see positive growth, however the declines in 2013 was slightly less than in 2012. 

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