Summary of Consumer Goods and Retail

World Industry Outlook; September 2012


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Consumer Goods and Retail summary
Consumer and retail markets will change rapidly in the coming years, and business models must adapt.


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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s overview of trends in global consumer goods and retail markets through 2017 offers worthy analysis and information. It’s a road map that identifies the best destinations to steer toward, as well as the trenches and dead ends to avoid. getAbstract recommends this statistics-heavy article to all manufacturers, retail professionals and investors seeking a route ahead in a still-uncertain world.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How consumer and retail growth will shift further to developing markets such as China
  • How “big box” stores and high street retailers will adapt to expanding and developing e-commerce, m-commerce and s-commerce (selling via social media)
  • Why this expansion requires compromise between traditional and modern selling modes


In the recovery from the 2008 crisis, emerging economies such as China, India and Russia, have dominated retail growth. China will become the world’s largest retail market in 2013; by 2016, China’s annual retail sales will be worth approximately 50% more – “in dollar terms” – than US sales. India is...
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The Economist Intelligence Unit is an independent research and analysis unit of the Economist Group.

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