The current key issue in the consumer goods and retail sector is the increasing influence of social media and the associated influence on consumer behaviour. Especially when shopping via digital channels, customers have high expectations which must be met with a business model geared to customer needs.
The volume of products bought online continues to grow at an exceptional rate, with particular focus on purchases from mobile devices. The increased necessity for sufficient cybersecurity has added another layer of sophistication to the platforms.
The stock coined phrase ‘mid-life crisis’ has a subdivision for those customers who are acting, and therefore spending, younger than their years might suggest. The phenomenon can be witnessed in the fashion industry, as well as fitness related tech and apparel.
From holidays to hoodies, consumers continue to search for (seemingly) entirely tailorable products. Offering a wide range of services should help retailers build a stronger emotional attachment to their customers. It is now expected that all services possess some element of adaptability.
The use of Instagram influencers by big brands has grown exponentially, although it is now expecting a crackdown from consumer protection bodies.
Customers within the food and beverage sector have tended to favour the extremities of the market, as trends such as affordable indulgence and healthier eating have grown alongside staples sold in budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl.
The devaluation of sterling meant UK assets were exceptionally good value and international buyers seized the opportunity to invest.
Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7bn, creating a launchpad for the e-commerce company’s grocery sales. This acquisition follows Amazon’s tie-up with UK supermarket chain Morrison’s in late 2016.
The private equity firm has put together a $6.9bn turnaround plan that includes reducing the retail footprint of the office supplies company.
French billionaire and LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault moved to consolidate control over Christian Dior for approximately $14.1bn.
The following data have been compiled by Globalscope for the consumer goods & retail sector. Valuation trends for the past five years were analysed. The following graphs show average half-yearly transaction data, comparisons of individual sub-segments and data from listed companies as of mid-August 2017. The Total Market comprises companies and transactions in excess of USD 5 million. The Lower-Mid Market segment comprises companies and transactions in the range of USD 5 million to USD 150 million.