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Latest Consumer Confidence For West Africa Reveals Mixed Bag Of Sentiment

Ghana’s CCI stable at 120 but Nigeria dropped nine points to 113

Lagos – May 09, 2018 – It’s no secret that Sub-Saharan Africa has been through a tumultuous few years with fluctuating commodity prices and resulting market uncertainty, so it’s no surprise that the latest Nielsen Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for Q1, 2018 for West Africa reflects a mixed bag of sentiment, associated with lingering uncertainty. Ghana’s CCI remains stable at 120 – the same level as the previous quarter – while Nigeria’s level has dropped nine points to 113.

Looking at current sentiment Nielsen West Africa & Maghreb MD Abhik Gupta explains; “There was an expectation that the situation would improve after Quarter 4, with fundamentals looking up i.e. more cash/forex injection by the Central Bank and higher oil prices, however, this improvement is still not evident in the market.

“Consumer purchasing power is lagging as the upturn in economy is not being felt at the consumer level. There has also been no change in inflation levels or employment conditions.  So, while the worst may be over, and the economy seems to have bottomed out, the improvement is still not evident.”

A THIRST FOR JOBS

In terms of their employment prospects over the next 12-months, Ghanaians’ sentiment has deteriorated slightly by four points to 65% who see their job prospects as positive. Nigeria has experienced an even greater drop of nine points to 56%. This, however, has had only a small effect on Nigerians view of their personal finances with 78% (down from 84%) saying their personal finances will be good or excellent in the next 12-months. In contrast, and despite their declining job outlook, 86% (a 7% point increase) of Ghanaians are feeling positive about their personal finances in the next 12-months.

Ghanaians immediate spending intentions are therefore unsurprisingly holding steady with 48% saying now is the time to buy the things they need and want, whereas this figure has declined by five points to 38% of Nigerians feeling the same. Both countries have, however, seen a marked decline in the number of respondents saying they have spare cash, namely a nine percent drop in Ghana to 47% and the same level of decline in Nigeria to 45%.

SAVING CENTRIC

Due to the cash strapped nature of their lives and looming uncertainty, 80% of Ghanaians remain committed to a savings regime, 67% aim to invest in shares and mutual funds and 68% are determined to preserve the value of one of their biggest assets their home. Nigerians hold a similar predisposition towards saving (84%) and home improvements (76%) but 68% rank buying new clothes as their preferred option for the use of spare cash.

Looking ahead Gupta comments; “While Nigeria is experiencing dampened sentiment, consumer sentiment in Ghana is on a high even though there has been no change in index levels since the previous quarter. Inflation is also down and is expected to further moderate this year, leading to increase in consumer demand and higher purchasing power.”

ABOUT THE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AND SPENDING INTENTIONS SURVEY

The Nielsen Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions survey was conducted from 17 – 23 February 2018 in Nigeria and Ghana among 1,600 respondents in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, using mobile methodology. The sample has quotas based on age and gender for each country.

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