In today’s cooling real estate market, it is increasingly critical to understand where buyers and sellers are on their real estate journey, and to connect with them at the right time. In the next 12 months, 254,000 New Zealanders intend to buy a property and 115,000 expect to sell a property.
For many Australians, the winter energy bill is one of the highest household expenses for the year. With three major retailers announcing energy price increases of up to 20% taking effect on 1 July 2017, Australian families are bracing themselves for an extra big hit on their household budget when their winter bill arrives this spring.
Backed by improving global consumer confidence, many regions are seeing improved conditions for businesses and the fast-moving consumer goods industry. Here, we’ll look at trends in a few select countries.
Nielsen’s latest consumer confidence results for the second quarter of 2017 reveals Australian and New Zealand consumers paint a very different picture of their future outlook. New Zealand continues to ride its wave of positivity with a consumer confidence score of 103, the highest it has been in nine years. Australia, on the other hand, recorded a consumer confidence score of 89 - well below the global average of 104.
In contrast to the ongoing market challenges facing global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and retailers, consumers are in better spirits than they were at the end of 2016. In fact, global consumer confidence has risen three index points since the close of last year.
Over the next decade, the New Zealand population will undergo some profound shifts. Larger households, ethnic diversity, ageing consumers, increased device usage and growing concern about the environment, will all need to be factored into future marketing and advertising planning for companies and brands. And this is especially true for energy retailers.
New Zealand consumer confidence index reached 103 in the fourth quarter of 2016 – the highest score in nine years (since Q3 2007 where it reached 115). The index represents a two point increase from Q3 2016 and a four point increase on a year ago (Q4 2015).
Global consumer confidence increased modestly in 2016, a time of great political and economic change around the world, rising three points between the first and fourth quarters to 101. Confidence scores finished the year more strongly than they began in every region except Africa/Middle East.