Insights

Recession-Battered Europe Showed Signs of Recovery

Europe’s most troubled economies reported good news in the third quarter, as consumer confidence increased in Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, according to Nielsen’s latest Global Survey of Consumer Confidence. Portugal’s index led the pack with a double-digit confidence boost of...

Ready to Spend, But Conditioned to Save

Reticent consumers are eager to open up their wallets, but they know that global economic conditions are still fragile. Backed by growing optimism, discretionary spending intentions around the world increased across all categories measured in the third quarter compared with those three months...

Are Happy Days Returning to the U.S. and Western Europe?

Better days for consumers in the U.S. and Europe may finally be near. Since the Great Recession started at the end of 2008, many consumers around the world have largely been in belt-tightening mode for much of the past five years. But the latest consumer confidence results from Nielsen showed that...

Educational Programs Gain High Marks Around the World

People around the world believe in their local education programs, predominantly those that pertain to the primary (grades 1-8) and secondary (grades 9-12) levels, according to online respondents to a Nielsen global survey on education attainment. But sentiment about opportunities for the more...