Although private label share of FMCG in Ireland has not yet reached the levels of some of our European counterparts, it is a significant player reaching 25%* value share this year. Private label has become an essential staple in consumer’s shopping baskets and perceptions are overwhelming positive in Europe.
Are consumers using the Internet to research products with the intention of making a purchase online, or are they taking this new knowledge back to brick-and-mortar retail outlets to make the transaction? It seems the answer largely depends on the product. The Nielsen Global Survey of e-commerce polled more than 30,000 internet respondents in 60 countries to examine online shopping and purchasing intentions of consumers worldwide.
Capitalising on key events during the year is vitally important for the FMCG industry. The Nielsen Ireland Spring Review uncovers the performance of key categories during the occasions which have occurred in the first half of the 2014.
Irish Consumers value social responsibility. In the past six months forty-five percent of Irish respondents claim to have purchased at least one product or service because they knew that the company was committed to positive social and environmental impact.
Findings contained in the latest Ireland Nielsen Pulse Newsletter reveal that Aldi and Lidl continue to gain share with their combined sales up +18.6% (MAT data to Mar/Apr 2014) while the Multiples suffer declines as a result.
Ireland’s consumer confidence was again boosted in Q1 2014 reaching an index of 82 according to the latest figures from Nielsen. This is five points higher than the previous quarter (Q4 2013) and a significant seventeen points higher than the same period last year. This latest wave of research comes on the back of Ireland’s exit from the EU/IMF aid programme and the country’s full return to sovereign debt markets for the first time since the euro-region’s crisis began in 2009. Reaching such a significant milestone is sure to have had a positive impact on the nation's optimism.