September 30th, 2007
Since 2002, Brazil has enjoyed a period of sustained economic growth. Consumer incomes have risen across the board, amid stronger growth with low inflation, which has boosted real wages. There has also been increased government support for low-income earners under President Lula da Silva. The result has been a sharp increase in consumption and retail demand.
September 28th, 2007
Cosmetics companies are forgetting glamour and going back to nature as natural and organic brands become among the most sought after on the market. Behind this trend is a growing concern about the chemicals that go into many cosmetics and toiletries.
September 27th, 2007
The rise in single person households worldwide is creating great business opportunities for a range of sectors, including providers of online communications, manufacturers of domestic electrical appliances and consumer electronics, the construction industry, and the entertainment industry.
September 21st, 2007
Italy will experience a reduction in its population owing to falling birth rates and rising death rates given the size of the population over 65 years. This coupled with an ageing populace is likely to change consumption patterns considerably. Further relaxation of immigration laws could be one way to combat this problem.
September 4th, 2007
After years of seeing outlet numbers in decline or modest growth, the fast food chain is embarking on ambitious plans to build its brand internationally, with a focus on Asia-Pacific.
September 3rd, 2007
Many Asian teenagers today are more affluent than their parents’ generation, and they are open to international values due to the speed of the internet revolution.
September 3rd, 2007
High economic growth and a vast labour exodus to Western Europe have created a labour shortage in many sectors of Romania’s economy.
August 21st, 2007
China’s one-child policy has resulted in a generation of cosseted children and twenty-somethings.
These little emperors are the centre of attention, given lavish presents, and with no siblings they have no need to share. Instant gratification rather than patience is likely to be the norm.
August 17th, 2007
A lack of innovation and competition characterised the UK’s chewing gum market, but new product launches have stimulated growth which is starting to attract the attention of international players.
August 14th, 2007
Consumer debt is growing at an alarming pace in South Africa, driving inflation upwards.