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Supermarkets - Spain - November 2016
The grocery sector in Spain continues to be dominated by a small number of leading retailers, with Mercadona the biggest player in the market. Mercadona not only attracts consumers with quality and clear pricing, but also has a strong own-brand proposition. However, the market is becoming increasingly competitive. To offset pressure from discounters and Amazon, retailers need to tap into the opportunity provided by online to stay competitive.
New Cars - Canada - November 2016
Automobile manufacturers and brands operating in Canada are facing a changing environment of evolving preferences and consumer demand. Generational considerations for type of vehicle and interest in vehicle features can be contrasting, as younger consumers prefer newer models and the latest technology innovations, while older drivers lean towards reliability and safety-oriented features.
Childrenswear - UK - November 2016
The growing tween and teen population presents opportunities for the sector, particularly for retailers that offer the latest trends in age-appropriate styles because over half of children aged 10-14 want their clothes to be fashionable. Young fashion retailers are in a good position to target this demographic with specific teen collections as these social media-savvy digital natives are influenced by the same fashion images as older teens.
Premium Brands - UK - November 2016
There are different approaches to the perception of premium attributes among consumers. Brands that are considered exclusive by a higher proportion of consumers tend to conform to the traditional idea of luxury, however, brands that benefit from a high-quality image are often everyday brands that people use on a more regular basis.
Affluent/Mass Affluent Investing and Banking - Canada - November 2016
Financial advisors serving the affluent must not only develop a wider range of skills but also understand their attitudinal differences such as those related to risk perception and charitable giving.
Health Cash Plans - UK - November 2016
There is a clear need to improve consumer awareness and understanding of health cash plans, as many people confuse them with PMI and few consider them good value for money. Only by overcoming these obstacles can providers significantly increase take-up.
Healthy Lifestyles - Brazil - November 2016
Brazilian attitudes toward health are polarized. While females focus on dieting and weight, males are more likely to exercise. Healthy habits increase with income and with age. However the growing interest in certain health solutions and tools indicates that this scenario could soon be changing.
Water Filtration - US - November 2016
Despite more than half of adults owning either a water filtration system or product, and nearly one third saying they avoid drinking tap water as much as possible, sales of the water filtration market are expected to decline by 1% in 2016.
Electricity Industry - UK - November 2016
A key focus for DNOs is the development and roll-out of innovative smart grid technologies to support the growing clean energy capacity coming onto the grid. New challenges for operators of the UK’s regional electricity networks have already started to arise from shifts in the way electricity is produced to include more renewable electricity (mainly onshore wind and solar PV) directly connected at the regional network level, known as distributed generation (DG).
Online Gaming and Betting - UK - November 2016
Smartphones and tablets are changing online gaming and betting habits within the home rather than expanding activity outside it as consumers embrace the ‘anytime’ nature of these technologies ahead of their ‘anywhere’ potential.
Pizza and Pasta Restaurants - UK - November 2016
Digital innovation and authentic dishes made from simple and fresh ingredients are transforming pizza and pasta into a destination business, helped by the expansive store presence of leading players.
The Black Premium Brand and Luxury Consumer - US - November 2016
Black consumers over index vs the general market on buying luxury brands, but it’s not necessarily an exercise simply in conspicuous consumption. Several factors drive luxury brand purchase including the need to have agency of their identity, the desire for elevated status among their peers, and a connection to quality product craftsmanship.
Supermarkets - UK - November 2016
Supermarkets remain the dominant sector within the wider grocery market but continue to lose market share. This is as much to do with increased choice in the market and demographic shifts as it is the fault of supermarket operators. However, there is a need to redefine what a supermarket can offer grocery shoppers and give them further reasons to visit when faced with greater, and often more convenient, options in the market.
Juice - Canada - November 2016
Canadians are drinking less juice than they used to. Different factors contribute to this challenging growth environment, such as an aging population in Canada and concerns around sugar. Based on predicted category trends juice companies will need to maintain or grow their share of a shrinking pie to achieve growth and will need to respond nimbly to category trends and evolving areas of consumer demand.
Dark Spirits - US - November 2016
Distilled spirits (both white and dark) have enjoyed a significant (23.9%) growth since 2011, due in no small part to the rapid influx of flavors in the white spirit segment and a surge in interest in tequila. Similar flavor innovation is leading to growth in dark spirits, whiskey and brandy in particular, as Millennial consumers appear significantly interested in novel flavors within the category. Curiously, at the same time, authenticity and complexity appear to be key to consumer interest in craft forms of dark spirits.
Fruit Juice, Juice Drinks and Smoothies - UK - November 2016
Concerns around sugar continue to plague the category. While fruit juice is struggling under this pressure, the launch of no added or low sugar products and varieties claiming functional benefits appear to be helping fruit juice and smoothies. Unease around artificial sweeteners however, remains a concern.
Wine - US - November 2016
Dollar sales of wine are estimated to reach $61 billion in 2016, an increase of 22% since 2011 (14% inflation-adjusted). Volume sales are growing at a slower rate (7% from 2011-16), pointing to the influence of higher price point products.
Luxury Travel - UK - November 2016
While high-net-worth individuals should have the means to cope with any negative economic effects caused by Brexit, a sizeable proportion of luxury travellers are actually more concerned with Brexit than the average holidaymaker population. One way to encourage bookings in the next year could be a more flexible range of payment options.
Supermarkets and Hypermarkets - China - November 2016
The disruptive growth of online grocery retailing is seriously challenging the supermarket and hypermarket sector. It can offer chain store retailers greater reach, and they have the advantage of logistics and existing customer bases of often loyal consumers. But, in order to face the online challenge, supermarket and hypermarket chains must raise their game by providing both better-quality products and service. They can use online integration to reach more consumers, including in rural areas.
Supermarkets - Italy - November 2016
The Italian economy has improved, but years of challenging market conditions have taken their toll. Fragmentation is growing as consumers spread their shopping around to get the best value for money. The discounters and conveniently located supermarkets are the strongest performers currently while the over-spaced hypermarkets are finding life increasingly difficult.
Supermarkets - Germany - November 2016
The supermarkets had a better year in 2015, helped by an improving economy and a transitioning Aldi. To maintain momentum the supermarkets need to continue investing in the things that consumers are willing to pay extra for, convenience and reliability.
Supermarkets - France - November 2016
Hypermarkets and large supermarkets are a key feature in the French grocery retail sector, but they have seen competition increase from several other channels in recent years, namely from discounters, online and smaller more local stores and specialists.
Automotive After Market - China - November 2016
The auto aftermarket in China is expected to exceed RMB one trillion in 2017. Chinese car owners spend RMB 5K-6K on maintenance annually on average. 4S store remains a key channel to visit with the leading satisfaction rate. Yet, Mintel’s study shows experienced maintainers have switched to franchise stores and online platforms to look for more cost-efficient solutions with the same quality.
Hispanics Attitudes Toward Advertising - US - November 2016
Hispanics consume media content using a variety of devices. They expect advertising to be entertaining, as they prefer ads that are engaging and tell a story. This creates a challenge for advertisers, as they may have more success resonating with Hispanics if they can fit their narratives into that context.
Wine - China - November 2016
Although domestic wine players are still the market leaders, along with easier access to online shopping and international products, consumers in China have become more aware of foreign brands and imported wines. Wine in China is no longer seen as an indulgence of the elite as it previously was, but is being embraced nationwide by many consumers in various city tiers and demographics.
Small Kitchen Appliances - UK - November 2016
Creating healthier foods for wellbeing in a convenient way is the key theme driving demand for blenders, kitchen machines and soup makers. This segment of the market has been strong, taking over from juicers and food processors which had been on trend in the previous couple of years. Meanwhile demand for premium coffee makers remains high, as consumers continue to want to create coffee shop quality at home.
Grocery Retailing - US - November 2016
The grocery industry is arguably the most dynamic and fragmented retail sector there is. Groceries are deemed necessities so this industry remains somewhat protected from outside influencers that could cause steep sales variances, but the largest factor right now impacting the category is declining foods costs. This benefits the shopper but not so much the supermarkets or farmers.
Pizza Restaurants - US - November 2016
Pizza is a segment where innovation is consistently occurring from a menu and service perspective. While the segment is becoming more competitive and consumers value a premium pizza experience, there is an interest in menu items that go beyond the pizza, with a focus on healthier sides and appealing non-pizza items on the menu.
Household Surface Cleaners - US - November 2016
The market for household surface cleaners is mature, with a growth rate that is being outpaced by inflation. Convenience of multi-surface cleaning and antibacterial power are the leading attributes most consumers look for in surface cleaners, but secondary benefits such as scent, packaging, and natural ingredients are important among niche groups. These attributes represent opportunities for brands to distinguish and promote products, which will be central in driving future sales.
Aerospace Industry - UK - October 2016
The vote to leave the EU could weaken the UK’s standing in the industry over time, with some industry executives admitting that it will force them to work harder to win new business. However, it must be remembered that ‘Brexit’ also has the potential to open up new markets not restricted by EU agreements.
The Food and Drink Shopper: Spotlight on Technology - US - November 2016
The competition for share of food/drink sales rages on. Consumer interest in low prices, convenience, and fresh options is fueling a shift in how they shop for food and drink, including a move away from traditional grocery retailers. Non-store retailers, including online merchants and subscription services, are expanding retailing possibilities.
Tablets and Hybrid Products - US - November 2016
The once high-flying tablet market has taken a tumble. Sales growth, which stood at 52% in 2012, fell to less than 10% in 2013 and 2014, and then the market contracted in 2015 and 2016. This Report provides guidance for marketers facing significant headwinds as consumers shift to larger and newer mobile phones, and as latent demand to upgrade laptops emerges as a competing factor for tablet sales.
Pharmacy Retail - China - November 2016
Pharmacy retailing is growing continuously and is expected to expand further, thanks to the solid consumer needs, pharmacies’ business expansions as well as the medical reform. The government is still exploring the best medical system for the country, leaving opportunities and challenges for different players at the same time.
ISAs - UK - November 2016
The ISA market is at a turning point. Overall contributions continue to grow driven by the stocks and shares sector of the market, but the number of accounts fell in the last tax year, as low interest rates undermine the incentive to save among many consumers.
Hotels - UK - November 2016
The growing likelihood of rising inflation in the coming months could impact on how much UK consumers are willing to spend on their short break habit. There may well be an accelerated ‘flight to value’ which is likely to increase still further growing the market share of the rapidly expanding budget hotel sector (including so-called super-budget offerings) as well as increasing the attractiveness of cheaper alternatives such as Airbnb.
Cinemas - UK - November 2016
The industry as a whole is looking in good stead to continue to grow as more and more innovation from technology and the independent sector keep movie goers keen to visit the cinema. Developments in 3D and 4D technology are likely to draw in crowds of children and hard-core movie fans, while the growth of event cinema and diverse food and drink offerings provided by independents means cinema is becoming a destination for consumers who are not typical cinema fans.
Tires - US - November 2016
The replacement tire market is an extremely competitive market with a large number of brands competing for consumers in the US. Mintel forecasts a drop in sales, so brands will have to work to gain market share to continue growth.
Sun Protection and Sunless Tanners - US - November 2016
A hotter than average summer resulted in strong 2016 sun protection and sunless tanner sales. Brands are challenged by seasonal usage, with adults typically reserving sunscreen use for warmer summer months when sun exposure is more relevant and top-of-mind.
Beauty for Teens and Tweens - UK - November 2016
The popularity of beauty vloggers has proved hugely beneficial for piquing the interest of girls from a generation which is too old for toys and too young for boys in the beauty market. However, with the focus heavily on improving appearance with make-up, there exists an issue of low self-esteem amongst girls that brands have some responsibility to help address.
The Asian Premium Brand and Luxury Consumer - US - November 2016
The market for luxury goods in the US has been estimated at a value of about $35.3 billion, accounting for about 22% of the luxury goods market in 2015. Japan is in the second position at an estimated $30.5 billion and a 19% share, followed by Germany and China at $11.7 billion and a 7% share.
Movie Theaters - US - November 2016
Both theater owners and studio executives continue to see moderate revenue growth. While consumers remain hesitant about the overall cost of going to the movies, they are willing to spend around $20 per person for the entire experience.
Cooking Enthusiasts - US - November 2016
In 2016, 45% of Americans aged 18+ are considered Cooking Enthusiasts – or adults who cook from scratch multiple times a week, enjoy the cooking process, have skills in the kitchen, and cook because they want to rather than because they have to. Due to factors such as the lower cost of groceries and a variety of sources for new recipes and learning skills, cooking enthusiasm is flourishing and driven by men, Millennials, and parents.
Grocery Retailing - Canada - November 2016
Canadian grocery shoppers are engaged with the centre of the grocery store, buying pantry staples as well as snacks and drinks. However, the area suffers from a bit of a bad reputation given the adage ‘to stay at the perimeter in order to shop healthier’.
The Car Aftermarket - UK - November 2016
Replacement parts are an integral feature of the automotive market. Yet whereas recent years have seen relatively strong growth in the number of cars owned, and indeed new car sales, the value of the car aftermarket has expanded much more slowly.
The Affluent Consumer - UK - November 2016
The EU referendum in June 2016 has sparked a wave of economic uncertainty across the UK, with Britain’s most wealthy consumers a key consumer group for brands and businesses.
Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies - US - November 2016
The homeopathic and herbal remedies market continues to grow steadily. In 2016, total US retail sales are estimated at nearly $5.4 billion, and Mintel forecasts a stable growth trajectory through 2021.
Traditional Toys and Games - US - November 2016
The toy market totals an estimated $26.2 billion in 2016 and has experienced strong growth in the past two years. This trajectory is likely to continue into 2017 given the positive economic climate and the anticipated release of new installments in movie franchises popular with kids.
Beauty Devices and Appliances - UK - November 2016
The beauty devices and hair appliances sector is expected to rise in value in 2016 driven by NPD; however expense remains a barrier, particularly for beauty devices. Those interested in buying beauty devices also cited a lack of research as a reason for not buying, suggesting education opportunities.
White Spirits - US - October 2016
The white spirits category is poised for continued modest growth sustained by vodka and propelled by growing interest in the complexities of tequila. Opportunity to grow the category can be leveraged by cross category consumption.
Consumer Attitudes to Organic Food - Brazil - October 2016
The category of organic food/drinks enjoys a positive perception by consumers, who tend to think organic products are healthy, tastier, sustainable and transparent. The many positive qualities associated with organic food/drinks create vast opportunities for companies to develop the category even further in Brazil.
Fabric Care and Other Washing Ancilliaries - UK - November 2016
New product launches have created growth in value sales in fabric care, in contrast to many other household care categories including laundry detergents. While recent launches in the fabric conditioner space have focused on premium fragrances and longer-lasting freshness, there may be scope to add value through increased functionality.
Spectator Sports - UK - October 2016
Television sports coverage is making an instant expert of the armchair fan – but leaving stadium operators needing to do more to keep spectators in the same loop
Cruises - UK - October 2016
Increased capacity meant the cruise market enjoyed excellent growth in 2015. Capacity will expand even further over the next few years meaning travel brands have a great opportunity to target affluent ABs and older consumers who make up the bulk of cruisers.
Air Travel - Canada - October 2016
Operators in the passenger airline industry in Canada are facing a changing environment of evolving preferences and consumer demand. While some consumer behaviours surrounding and attitudes towards air travel are largely generational, the consensus among consumers revolves around the concerns related to the costs of flying, which range from the base airfare to additional fees such as baggage or seat selection.
Domestic Tourism - UK - October 2016
A resurgence of overseas travel continues to be the main threat but a weak Pound, economic uncertainty over Brexit and concerns over safety in some destinations abroad are all likely to help the domestic market in the coming months.
Black Consumers - Feeding Their Kids - US - October 2016
Black parents, especially moms, are the primary decision makers and influencers when it comes to feeding their kids. Food is love and while she is in control when raising her kids, she is soft at heart and likes to give in to what her children want to eat…within reason. Her kids are vocal about what they want and sometimes she will allow her kids to eat their favorites, even if she’s not totally comfortable with their choices or feels they lack nutritional value.
Unprocessed Poultry and Red Meat - UK - October 2016
With cost rises looming on the horizon, there is a pressing need for retailers to move their communication beyond price. Highlighting their credentials in terms of farmer relations or responsible antibiotic use offers a promising means for companies to distinguish their offering from rivals’ given the strong consumer interest.
Fast Food - China - October 2016
For fast food brands, embracing the trend of healthy and experiential dining is the key to growth in the near future. In the meantime, getting more innovative can help to win over young consumers.
Cheese - UK - October 2016
The cheese market is expected to see a value decline in 2016, largely due to heavy retail discounting. Continued decline in the dominant cheddar segment has been responsible for the overall fall in cheese volume sales, while bolstered recipe cheese performance suggests consumers’ interest in scratch cooking continues.
Bread and Baked Goods - UK - October 2016
There is scope for retailers to bring bread and baked goods from local bakeries into stores through collaborations. This can help the grocery giants to show a community spirit, as well as improving their retail offering with genuinely artisan products.
Casual Dining - US - October 2016
Consumers are increasingly seeking the opportunity to customize their meals, through build-your-own meal options, but they also crave dishes that can’t be replicated at home. When it comes to technology, diners are more interested in having their basic needs met, such as free WiFi and electronic chargers, before restaurants offer more advanced offerings.
Chocolate Confectionery - Ireland - October 2016
Concerns over sugar are putting pressure on sales as Irish consumers limit their consumption of chocolate and buy healthier snacks compared to a year ago, indicating that consumers are switching to healthier alternatives. Placing a greater emphasis on smaller-portion formats can help brands position chocolate as a treat that can be enjoyed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.
Sandwiches, Subs and Wraps - US - October 2016
The state of the LSR (limited service restaurant) sandwich market reflects major trends in the LSR industry as a whole. QSR (quick service restaurant) giants such as Subway command the greatest share of sales but are slowly losing business to rapidly growing fast casual concepts.
Meat - Canada - October 2016
Canadians remain avid consumers of meat products, yet this does not mean the industry is without its challenges. Canada’s changing population dynamic from a generational and immigration perspective means producers and retailers will need to continually adapt in order to address evolving preferences with respect to flavours and type (of meat).
Financial Needs of Affluent and High Net Worth Consumers - US - November 2016
Most affluent and HNWI (high net worth individuals) have sophisticated financial needs and concerns, but only approximately half use a financial adviser and only one third have a written financial plan. Advisory services might make it easier for them to reach their goals, but trust in professionals is relatively low among this group, and many wealthy people prefer to manage their finances themselves.
Clothing Retailing - Ireland - October 2016
Value retailers such as Penneys/Primark continue to perform exceptionally well as they have done in the last five years, however, looking ahead the growing online market threatens to pull consumers out of the store and towards online shopping. Value retailers risk being left behind in the absence of an online presence which may prove detrimental to sales.
Clothing Retailing - UK - October 2016
In an increasingly challenging clothing market, clothing retailers need to rapidly adapt to the changing needs of consumers and encourage them to spend by offering them frequently updated collections that are less tied to the seasons, which they can buy and wear immediately.
Digital Trends Autumn - UK - October 2016
Parents are not necessarily the first consumer group that comes to mind when thinking about targets for new technology, but they actually emerge throughout our consumer research as key targets for a number of sectors, both in terms of intention to purchase or upgrade products and interest in the latest developments like voice and VR.
TV Viewing Habits - UK - October 2016
Binge watching is increasingly becoming the preferred method for watching TV series, particularly among younger viewers. However, for select TV series having a stalled release structure can still bring major gains in terms of boosting profile, anticipation and engagement as social media becomes the new ‘water cooler.
Still, Sparkling and Fortified Wine - UK - October 2016
Seen to offer value for money by just one in four UK adults, still wine could come under fire if household incomes are squeezed following the UK’s vote to exit the EU. Indeed, the drop in the strength of the Pound and the UK’s reliance on imported wine are set to result in rising prices, further undermining its value image.
Private Medical Insurance - UK - October 2016
Providers must continue their efforts in regards to cost containment and product innovation, incorporating new digital technology to develop attractive propositions that meet the changing needs of consumers and to ensure the market’s future sustainability.
Renewable Energy - UK - October 2016
The recent rapid expansion of the renewables sector is set to slow in percentage terms following a series of policy changes, including subsidy cuts, and the transition from the Renewable Obligation (RO) support scheme to the less generous Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism.
Logistical Services - UK - October 2016
The decision to leave the EU will not only affect the UK, but also global supply chain models. The referendum result will be a test of the agility and resilience of global supply chain models amid a period of significant change and uncertainty for the EU.
Mobile Device Apps - China - October 2016
Apps should be adapted to more devices besides smartphones and tablets. For in-app advertisements, native advertising that fits both the device and consumers’ habits when using apps can enhance efficiency. Consumers do look for various functions on apps, and integrating mobile apps allow consumers to have easy access to niche apps and services.
Clothing Retailing - Spain - October 2016
The focus of this report is clothing specialists, because these are the dominant players in the sector. In this report we provide total consumer spending data for clothing, which includes expenditure through all channels. And we include Mintel's Channels of Distribution estimates for Spain, which indicate how this spending is distributed by retail sector.
Clothing Retailing - Europe - October 2016
This data in its entirety is contained in the single copy 19-country report, which gives a full overview of clothing retailing in Europe. Single country reports are also available for the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Clothing Retailing - Italy - October 2016
The focus of this report is clothing specialists, because these are the dominant players in the sector. In this report we provide total consumer spending data for clothing, which includes expenditure through all channels. And we include Mintel's Channels of Distribution estimates for Italy, which indicate how this spending is distributed by retail sector.
Clothing Retailing - Germany - October 2016
The focus of this report is clothing specialists, because these are the dominant players in the sector. In this report we provide total consumer spending data for clothing, which includes expenditure through all channels. And we include Mintel's Channels of Distribution estimates for Germany, which indicate how this spending is distributed by retail sector.
Clothing Retailing - France - October 2016
The focus of this report is clothing specialists, because these are the dominant players in the sector. In this report we provide total consumer spending data for clothing, which includes expenditure through all channels. And we include Mintel's Channels of Distribution estimates for France, which indicate how this spending is distributed by retail sector.
Asians Attitudes toward Advertising - US - October 2016
By 2021, the Census Bureau estimates that there will be 20.3 million Asians living in the US, or 6% of the US population. This group’s influence far outweighs it size however, making it critical for advertisers of all types to develop strategies for reaching Asian consumers. On average, Asians are more educated and affluent than the population as a whole, giving them more buying power.
Cheese - US - October 2016
Despite a slight downtick in dollar sales in 2016, the cheese category has performed well in recent years, boosted by consumer interest in natural foods, increased snacking occasions, and the perception that natural cheese can be part of a healthy diet. Natural cheese continues to set the pace for the category.
Bedrooms and Bedroom Furniture - UK - October 2016
Innovation is very important for manufacturers of bedroom furniture, beds and mattresses and this is helping to encourage shoppers to spend a little more. New methods of construction, technical foams and innovative fabrics are promising more hygienic beds, temperature regulation at night and mattresses that stay comfortable for longer.
Juice - China - October 2016
In the shrinking juice market, packaged juice is not only facing competition from on-trade fresh juice but is also pressured by the decrease of juice drinks – the dominant segment in the category, which leaves limited scope for key players to convert non-users to drive sales, but poses an opportunity for packaged pure juice and functional juice as healthier options.
Mobile Device Apps - UK - October 2016
The initial spike in downloads is now being followed by a phase in which consumers are focusing on fewer apps but rely on these more heavily, fostering both usage and monetisation. The introduction of chatbots will further facilitate this re-bundling of different services and information in a single multifunctional location/platform, such as a messaging app, thus streamlining mobile activities and in-app transactions.
Changing Channel Preferences in Retail Banking - UK - October 2016
Consumers have made an irreversible switch from traditional banking channels to digital banking. People not only use online banking more than branches, but see it as the preferential choice for everyday banking and are more satisfied with it than any other channel. The challenge for banks is how to prevent the shift online weakening customer relationships and undermining customer loyalty. This will become even more pressing as Open Banking looms on the horizon.
Bacon and Lunch Meat - US - October 2016
Over the past five years, bacon and lunch meat managed growth, and it should match that performance through 2021. However, when accounting for inflation, sales are largely stagnant, as health concerns appear to be prompting consumers to avoid much of the category. An influx of lower-sodium and more-flavorful options across the category should help the category boost sales.
Internet Radio - US - October 2016
The use of internet-based music services is closing in on traditional means of listening to music, including terrestrial radio and personal libraries. The finding, alongside clear distinctions in how younger listeners use streaming services suggests that over the next decade streaming services will become the dominant means of listening to music, with ad sales and subscription sales currently allocated to terrestrial and satellite radio broadcasts transitioning to the coffers of streaming media services.
Seasonal Shopping (Spring/Summer) - UK - October 2016
Whilst retail spending during the Spring/Summer months is typically lower than that of autumn and winter, there are some important events in the calendar that retailers can use to encourage consumer spending. Easter continues to be the largest event, worth an estimated £550 million in 2016.
Car Purchasing Process - China - October 2016
A budget car, within the price range of RMB 100,000 – 150,000, which has large inner space, with satisfactory high-tech features, will pretty much be a successful model in China. But there is more to it. Car buyers in different life stages and with different purchase schedules vary in their preferences. For both manufacturers and marketers, the breakthrough point lies in reinforcing advanced driving techniques.
Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements - US - October 2016
VMS (vitamins, minerals, and supplements) is a trend-driven industry hinging on the latest health fad such as today’s emphasis on digestive health and supplements containing beauty benefits. While its growth has been steady, certain players are faring better than others by meeting consumers’ needs for convenience and fun, in addition to focusing on the product segments they want most.
Hispanics - Feeding Their Kids - US - October 2016
When feeding their kids, Hispanic parents want to feel in control. However, that is not always possible as the foods they feel comfortable serving their kids are not the same their kids like and Hispanic parents need to make compromises. The discrepancies in expectations can create some tension when kids ask for foods they like and they can be vocal when they don’t get what they want.
Healthy Lifestyles - UK - October 2016
A third of adults believe that they are healthier now than they were a year ago, reflecting the UK’s booming interest in healthy living. However, healthy habits are hard to adopt, and even harder to sustain. The perceived higher cost of healthy food is also a significant barrier. Brands and retailers must now do more to make it easier for people to make healthy decisions, such as using loyalty schemes to reward people for buying healthier foods and being more active.
Beauty Devices - US - October 2016
Beauty device sales remain flat due to a struggling hair appliance segment reflecting long purchase cycles, price-driven consumers, and women delaying purchases until their existing item is broken or worn out. Skincare device sales have helped to buoy the overall market, benefiting from the relative newness of the category. Increasing awareness of newer beauty device formats, such as styling wands and niche skincare devices, including laser devices and LED light therapy devices, can further boost sales.
Activewear - US - October 2016
The activewear sector is thriving in an otherwise soft apparel and footwear market. Although nearly three quarters of Americans are overweight or obese as of 2014, the onset of fitness trackers and other wearables is helping to positively influence change when it comes to health management. This should lead to higher levels of exercise, which in turn should propel the market forward.
Juice and Juice Drinks - US - October 2016
Like other non-alcoholic beverage leaders, including CSDs and dairy milk, the category is losing share to other beverage types that offer flavor variety and functional innovation, some with lower sugar/calorie totals. The importance of diversifying consumption occasions can be seen in the growth of snack-friendly smoothies and decline of 100% juice, which is often pigeonholed for breakfast.
Laundry Detergents - UK - October 2016
Brand loyalty is powerful in the laundry detergents category, contributing to the popularity of sales promotions and subscription services and undermining value sales. Interest in innovations that add convenience or a touch of the expert to products is strong, and could be used to invigorate interest and increase spend. The category could also benefit from educating consumers over the differences between biological and non-biological formulas to help ensure they are getting the best results from their detergents.
Pest Control and Repellents - US - October 2016
People are spending more on pest control than ever before. Although most spending is on pest control services, product sales for outdoor repellents are also rising. Warmer weather and concerns about mosquito-borne illnesses contribute to overall category spending; however, concerns about the safety of pest control products still linger, leading some consumers to opt for service providers.
Free Leisure - UK - October 2016
A long period of economic downturn, slow wage recovery and ongoing uncertainty over recent years has triggered a shift in attitudes towards leisure spending. While many consumers have reduced their out-of-home leisure spending in favour of cheaper forms of home entertainment, free out-of-home leisure has also become a deliberate money-saving choice for consumers, and paid-for leisure choices have become more selective and deal-oriented.
Exercise Trends - US - October 2016
Fitness facilities and gym memberships have increased in tandem in the last decade, showing that Americans have an increased interest in getting fit. However, even though more are reportedly exercising regularly, obesity rates continue to climb, indicating that adults haven’t been able to offset poor diets with exercise alone.
Luxury Cars - US - October 2016
The luxury car market is an extremely competitive market and ranges from 5-10% of the overall new car market. Luxury vehicles are typically more expensive and equipped with the latest features and technology and appeal to consumers who want the latest and greatest for their vehicle.