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Kenya is strategically positioned as the "gateway to east Africa". Rising GDP per capita indicate increasing consumer incomes. Nielsen’s research indicates that Trendy Aspirants and Progressive Affluents account for 34 percent of Kenya vs. 28 percent across Africa.
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Africa is on companies’ growth agenda for obvious reasons. Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are in Africa, it has the world’s greatest proportion of young people, and it has a burgeoning urban population with growing demand for many goods not yet widely available, as well as the means to buy them.
Consumer confidence continues to rise in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, the three sub-Saharan African countries in Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2014 Consumer Confidence Survey.
Global consumer confidence ended 2014 with an index score of 96—a decline of two index points from the previous quarter, which comes after several quarters of positive momentum. The index, which has been on a slow and steady rise for about two years, is still above a pre-recession level of 94 from third-quarter 2007.