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September 20, 2014

Media Product Chains Face Challenges in Japan

Brick and mortar media stores have not seen the same rate of decline in Japan that they have seen in other developed markets.  Between 2008-2013, sales in these stores declined only 2% in Japan compared to 8% in North America.  Still, with the increasing digitalisation of media consumption in the youth market, these stores must fight to remain relevant.  Notable new concept stores offer retailtainment or products that can't be downloaded but it remains to be seen whether these stores can broaden their appeal to consumers younger than 50.

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September 16, 2014

What Impact Would Scottish Independence Have on the Retailing Industry?

Filippo BattainiAnalyst Insight by Filippo Battaini - Retailing Analyst

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In view of the vote on 18th September on whether Scotland should become an independent state or not, there has been a lot of debate on the state of the Scottish economy and whether Scotland will fare better or worse outside the union. But, with a Scottish retailing market that Euromonitor International estimates at £28.5 billion in 2013, what is it likely to be the impact of the possible independence on this industry? Will an independent Scotland be good or bad for large retailers currently operating across the UK? As the details of how independence would be implemented still need to be negotiated and defined – for instance, it is not clear which currency an independent Scotland would adopt – it is currently not possible to state precisely the likely impact that Scottish independence would have on the retailing industry.

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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)

September 8, 2014

Key Trends in Retailing: Asia Pacific

Euromonitor International analysts present key trends and new findings from their research into the retailing industry in Asia Pacific.

For more information about retailing in Asia Pacific, download Euromonitor and Retail Asia's Top 500 Retailers in Asia Pacific Ranking.

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September 5, 2014

Homewares Companies in the Netherlands Catering to Consumer Preferences

Homewares is in decline in the Netherlands due to consumer preference for spending smaller amounts of money on products such as glassware and dinnerware. However, new companies such as Blond Amsterdam and Babette are able to generate sales from these preferences by creating colourful, unique homewares items, at low prices. These companies are also creating products in sync with emerging market trends, such as high-tea cake stands and sushi plates..

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September 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia Thrives from a Growing Retail Industry

Fatemah SherifAnalyst Insight by Fatemah Sherif - Senior Research Analyst

The retail market in Saudi Arabia has become a strong focus for the government, primarily driven by a desire to boost and maintain ongoing economic success in the country.  The Saudi Arabian retailing market was worth SAR374 billion in 2013, 12% growth from the previous year, according to Euromonitor International.  A large part of this interest comes from the government’s desire to diversify beyond the oil industry. This is seen as a means to reduce unemployment and increase average disposable income.  Already, better living conditions and higher income levels are having a positive impact on retailing.

Tourism Drives Retailing

One key factor is tourism, primarily religious tourism, as Makkah, the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad, is considered the holiest city in the religion of Islam.  International arrivals increased in 2013, reaching 18 million trips, following the massive expansion of projects at the holy mosques in Makkah, which has expanded its capacity for visitors. Furthermore, the Ministry of Haj recently gave approval to 62 travel companies to offer low-cost Hajj (pilgrimage) packages, following strong demand.  As a result, the program was expanded to accommodate 41,000 pilgrims in 2014, up from 17,000 the previous year.  Moreover, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) is trying to drive tourism by deregulating air travel by breaking the monopoly of Saudi Arabian Airlines, inviting local and foreign airlines to operate in the country.

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September 1, 2014

Regional Snack Food Players Achieving Growth in the US

Many regional snack food players are growing in the US using both traditional and unconventional methods. TastyKake, a Philadelphia-based pastry manufacturer expanded its distribution network in 2011 by being acquired by Flower Foods. As a result, TastyKake is now available in the southern US and is rapidly growing sales. Chicago-based SkinnyPop, other other hand, is growing without acquisition. The company sells to convince stores, mass merchandisers and drugstores in the US where low-calorie options can be limited.

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August 31, 2014

Alibaba: Ready to Conquer the Far West?

Filippo BattainiAnalyst Insight by Filippo Battaini - Retailing Analyst

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Alibaba has been featuring quite frequently in business news of late as the company piques investors’ interest with the issuing of its prospects for the planned IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Notably with the opening of 11Mail.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant made clear that its presence in the US market will not only be limited to Wall Street or to Silicon Valley with investments in tech start-ups and that, with this move, Alibaba will attempt to compete against its fiercest global rivals, Amazon and eBay, in their domestic territory.

Global E-Commerce Competitive Environment

At present, and despite being mainly a regional player, Alibaba is the world’s second largest e-commerce company, with total B2C value sales of US$44.3 billion in 2013, according to Euromonitor International. However, when considering other indicators, in 2013 Alibaba was already the biggest online retailer in the world. For example, in terms of Gross Merchandise Volume, the Chinese company is bigger than Amazon and eBay combined, and also appears ahead of its two main competitions in terms of profits. So how do Alibaba’s operations compare with those of its main competitors?

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August 30, 2014

The Prevalence of Electronic Payments in the UAE

Dependence on cash is shrinking in the United Arab Emirates faster than many other markets around the world due to the prevalence of electronic payment methods. Improved infrastructure and a rise in point-of-service terminals and ATMs in the country are making it easy for consumers to pay for goods and services with electronic payments. Euromonitor forecasts that card payment transactions in the UAE will grow by 10.4 percent until 2018.

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August 29, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at Asia Retail Congress 2015

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Event Name: Asia Retail Congress 2015

Location: Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India

Date: 13th to 14th Feb, 2015

Event Description: Asia’s single most important global platform to promote world-class retail practices. The focus of the two day Asia Retail congress is to discuss and influence the issues for change. The Asia Retail Congress is aimed at company chairs, presidents and CEOs from leading international and national retailers, directors of international and national retailers, directors of international brands who believe in making change happen. The Giants of Retail will meet at Asia Retail Congress 2015.

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Media Product Chains Face Challenges in Japan

What Impact Would Scottish Independence Have on the Retailing Industry?

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Key Trends in Retailing: Asia Pacific

Homewares Companies in the Netherlands Catering to Consumer Preferences

Saudi Arabia Thrives from a Growing Retail Industry

Regional Snack Food Players Achieving Growth in the US

Alibaba: Ready to Conquer the Far West?

The Prevalence of Electronic Payments in the UAE

Euromonitor to Speak at Asia Retail Congress 2015