Global consumer confidence held steady with an index of 94 for three consecutive quarters, ending 2013 one point higher than it started (Q1 2013) and three points higher than the same time period the previous year (Q4 2012), according to consumer confidence findings from Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. The Nielsen consumer confidence index measures perceptions of local job prospects, personal finances and immediate spending intentions.
Consumer confidence in Asia-Pacific posted the only regional quarter-on-quarter increase, rising one index point to 105. Regional consumer confidence declined three index ppoints in North America (95), two points in Middle East/Africa (90) and one point in Europe (73), compared to Q3. Confidence remained flat in Latin America with an index of 94. Consumer confidence increased in 26 of 60 markets in Q4, decreased in 32 and remained flat in two.