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November 11, 2017

Market Insights: Downturn in the Egyptian non-oil private sector softened in October, according to Emirates NBD

The latest data indicated that the downturn in the Egyptian non-oil private sector softened in October. Contractions in output, new orders and employment all eased. Meanwhile, business confidence hit a 26-month high, signalling strong optimism towards future growth prospects, with many expecting economic stability over the coming year. Furthermore, both output and input price inflation softened.

The survey, sponsored by Emirates NBD and produced by IHS Markit, contains original data collected from a monthly survey of business conditions in the Egyptian private sector.

Commenting on the Egypt PMITM survey, Khatija Haque, Head of MENA Research at Emirates NBD, [...]

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November 11, 2017

Market Insights: Strong start to the final quarter of 2017 for Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector, according to Emirates NBD

October data signalled a strong start to the final quarter of 2017 for Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector. Sharp growth of both output and new orders contributed to latest improvement in operating conditions. On the price front, an uptick in cost pressures was recorded, which according to anecdotal evidence led to higher selling prices. Business confidence improved during October, prompting firms to increase stocks of purchases at a record rate in anticipation of further improvements in economic conditions.

The survey, sponsored by Emirates NBD and produced by IHS Markit, contains original data collected from a monthly survey of business conditions in the Saudi private [...]

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October 18, 2017

Nielsen Releases New Store Choice Driver Report for the Convenience Channel at the NACS show

Nielsen released findings from its 2017 Store Choice Drivers Report for the Convenience Channel at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Chicago, Illinois.

Nielsen’s 2017 Store Choice Driver Report for the Convenience Channel is a comprehensive analysis for retailers and manufacturers, offering deep insights into why shoppers visit certain stores; how attitudes impact shopper behavior; and how retailers are responding to changing perceptions and attitudes. This report leverages actionable insights to grow business across convenience channels and winning tactics to convert shoppers, increase satisfaction and drive store sales. The customizable report [...]

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October 12, 2017

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS – UAE’s ICT sector sees $4 billion in sales during 2016

Sales within the UAE’s ICT sector reached $4 billion in 2016, driven by growing demand for products and services within the country’s public and private sectors, new analysis conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has revealed.

The analysis, based on recent data from Business Monitor International (BMI) and Euromonitor International, was released during GITEX Technology Week 2017 and looked at sales within product categories such as computer hardware, and software, as well as IT, communication, and telecommunication services.

The data showed that increased use of computers in homes and offices and the adoption of new ICT technologies has led to [...]

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October 3, 2017

MARKET INSIGHTS – Saudi Arabia’s private sector growth remains strong according to Emirates NBD Saudi Arabia PMI®

September data signalled strong growth in Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector. Sharp expansions in output and new orders were key contributors towards the most recent improvement in operating conditions. At the same time, input price inflation continued to soften in the latest survey. Moreover, firms generally reduced their output charges to increase competitiveness. Meanwhile, employment continued to increase, albeit only marginally.

The survey, sponsored by Emirates NBD and produced by IHS Markit, contains original data collected from a monthly survey of business conditions in the Saudi private sector.

Commenting on the Saudi Arabia PMI® survey, Khatija Haque, Head [...]

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October 3, 2017

MARKET INSIGHTS – Growth in the UAE’s non-oil private sector remained sharp according to Emirates NBD UAE PMI®

Despite softening slightly in September, growth in the UAE’s non-oil private sector remained sharp and marked the strongest quarter recorded for two years. The latest improvement in business conditions was driven by above-average expansions in both output and new orders. That said, new business from abroad slipped back to contraction, indicating that the recovery was driven by domestic demand. On the price front, output charges fell, whilst input price inflation softened to a four-month low.

The survey, sponsored by Emirates NBD and produced by IHS Markit, contains original data collected from a monthly survey of business conditions in the UAE non-oil private [...]

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August 23, 2017

Nielsen: Global Consumer Confidence Increases As Optimism Continues To Rise in Many Markets

Global consumer confidence showed signs of continued improvement in the second quarter of 2017, with an index score of 104, which was up three points from quarter four 2016.

Confidence scores were highest in Asian markets, with six of the top 10 index scores hailing from Asia Pacific. Confidence was also high in most measured markets in Europe and Latin America, as many posted confidence gains. Despite a four-point decline from quarter four of 2016, North America posted a score of 117, and remained the highest region globally.

Established in 2005, the Nielsen Consumer Confidence Index is fielded quarterly in 63 countries to measure the perceptions of local job [...]

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August 16, 2017

IPSOS: Global Consumer Confidence is at Seven-Year High

Global Primary Index Hits Record-High Level of 48.9 in August 2017

With a score of 48.9, the global consumer confidence Primary Index is at its highest since Ipsos started tracking it in 2010. The global Primary Index reflects attitudes of consumers in 24 countries on the current and future state of local economies, personal finance situation, savings, and confidence to make large investments, as measured monthly by Ipsos Public Affairs.

Globally, the Primary Index shows gains of 0.7 points over three months, 1.9 points over 12 months, and 4.2 points over five years.

The Primary Index is up by 1.5 points or more over a three-month period in six countries. Largest [...]

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