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Quarter By Numbers: Q1 2019
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Quarter By Numbers: Q1 2019

At a macro level, global economic conditions remained positive at the start of the year, but consumer confidence dipped one point from the historical high at the end of 2018, as reported by the Conference Board.

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) growth and GDP stability was strongest in Asia-Pacific, where the offline FMCG industry grew 4.5% in value in the first quarter. That, however, is down from the growth posted in the fourth quarter and a year ago. Comparatively, the economic growth slowdown in Western Europe continued in the first quarter and the picture was mixed across Central and Eastern Europe.

In Latin America, economic growth prospects are better than they were in 2018, but first-quarter performance remained moderate. Confidence levels are strengthening, but that has not yet translated into increased consumption, as the overall FMCG basket size dipped 1.4% from a year ago. Up north, in the U.S. and Canada, FMCG was polarized across the U.S. and Canada: FMCG growth slowed in the U.S. while FMCG value growth increased in Canada on the heels of a five-point spike in consumer confidence.

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