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Asia Pacific Consumer Spending On The Rise; Total FMCG Sales Up 6.5% In Q3 2018


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Jakarta, 26 December 2018: The latest Asia Pacific FMCG growth figures released recently by Nielsen indicates consumer spending is increasing across the region, with total FMCG value growth up 6.5% year-on-year in the third quarter, compared to 4.9% in the previous quarter. Average FMCG prices increased by 2.1% in the same period, compared to 2% in the previous quarter, and volume growth in the region reached 4.4% compared to 2.9% in the previous quarter.

The Q3 2018 Nielsen Quarter By Numbers Report, which looks at the overall FMCG landscape across 65 markets globally along with changing economic trends and consumer sentiments, reported India, Philippines and China posted the region’s highest year-on-year value growth in the third quarter (16.5%, 8.4% and 7.3% respectively).

Asia Pacific consumer confidence was marginally up in the third quarter (up 2 pts to 114), buoyed by  increasing optimism about local job prospects, personal finances and spending intentions. Malaysia posted the region’s strongest uplift in consumer confidence (up 10 pts to 127), followed by Thailand (up 10 pts to 112) and Vietnam (up 9 pts to 129).

“Domestic consumption continues to hold enormous potential in Asia Pacific, along with export opportunities,” observes Laura McCullough, Marketing and Sales Effectiveness, Nielsen. “Overall strong GDP growth, double digit average wage growth and an expanding consumer class that is looking to improve their quality of life will push consumption into new product categories in FMCG, and help to drive growth for the industry overall.”

Indonesia economy shows steady GDP Growth at around 5% and consumer confidence remain stable at an index of 126 in Q3 2018. Post-festive celebration in Q2, FMCG has returned to previous growth levels with volume consumption declining at -1.6% versus same time last year.  Top five Super Categories Performance in the quarter included Home Care (+1,9%), Beverage (+1,5%), Foods (+18.2%), Pharmacy (+1.0%) and Personal Care (+1.0%).

Based on the Consumer Channel Performance, minimarket shows growing performance at 7,4%, while General Trade and Hyper/Supermarket are slightly decline, by -0,6% and -5,2 respectively.  Indonesian’s consumer channel preference shifts from large to small format, driven by three main considerations – good product assortment, competitive price and easy access from residential area.

In terms of consumer groups, while mature families (≥35 years) are able to maintain spending patterns, younger consumers (


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Nominal growth, volume growth and unit value growth figures in this release are based on offline FMCG sales. FMCG value growth figures for China are calculated based on data collected in offline sales channels.

About Quarter by Numbers

The Nielsen Quarter by Numbers report presents changing economic trends (including key performance indicators such as GDP and inflation), consumer optimism and spending intentions, and a snapshot of the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry that includes overall FMCG trends, as well as specifics by retail channel, super category and manufacturer tier performances. This report is available across five regions covering 65 markets around the world: Asia Pacific, North America , Latin America, Africa & Middle East  and Europe. Insights and data presented in this report helps retailers and manufacturers to uncover areas of potential growth.


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