FRANCE

French retailer Auchan posts profit rise

PARIS, FRANCE: French retailer Auchan last week reported an almost 34% rise in first-half net profits, mainly flattered by one-off gains and continued growth in Asia and central and eastern Europe.

2 Sep 2013

UNITED STATES

Environmentally friendly purchases heat up in emerging markets

NEW YORK, US: Purchases of environmentally protective products have grown significantly in two of the world's leading markets - China and Brazil; but the widespread perception that these products are too expensive may be blocking deeper adoption.

21 Aug 2012

UNITED STATES

New iPad tops three million

CUPERTINO, US: Apple has announced it has sold three million of its new iPad, since its launch on Friday, March 16. The new iPad features a new Retina display, Apple's new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing photos and 1080p HD video, and the same all-day 10 hour battery life*.

22 Mar 2012

GERMANY

Demand for smartphones higher than ever before in Europe

NUREMBURG, GERMANY: In 2011, demand for mobile phones once again increased in Europe, largely as a result of the rising popularity of smartphones. According to GfK, 3.2% more mobile phones were sold in 2011, in particular the sales of smartphones increased by 67%.

15 Feb 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

Internet usage in European markets

LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released an overview of internet usage in Europe, showing 376.6 million unique visitors went online in October 2011 for an average of 27.8 hours per person.

12 Dec 2011

GERMANY

Mood of the World report shows most of world focuses on inflation

NUREMBURG, GERMANY: British consumers are facing the double whammy of still feeling the effects of recession even as rising costs fuel inflationary worries. They are not alone in the world, though, according to GfK Roper Consulting's 2011 Mood of the World Report, which is based on a global survey of more than 32 000 consumers ages 15 and older in 25 countries.

25 Aug 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

Retail websites reach 75% of European internet audience each month

LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released results from a study of online shopping in Europe. In January 2011, 270.6 million unique visitors in Europe visited sites in the retail category, representing a market penetration of 74.5% of Internet users, up 8.5 percentage points versus last year.

22 Mar 2011

UNITED STATES

Blu-ray sales up in Western Europe and Japan

NEW YORK, US: media control GfK International, a leader in international media and entertainment tracking servicing the global entertainment industry, has announced the release of its 2010 Year End Home Video Retail Sales Report.

28 Feb 2011

GERMANY

Consumption in 2011 - Germany on the ascent

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: At a press conference held this week in Nuremberg, GfK presented a review of private consumption in 2010 and an outlook for 2011. As forecast by GfK, private consumption rose last year by 0.5%. For 2011, the market researchers are expecting private household expenditure to increase by a significant 1.5% and therefore make a strong contribution to the economic upturn.

11 Feb 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

Online mobile phone sales reach record high in Europe

LONDON, UK: More than 7% of all phones bought during 2010 in Europe were purchased online according to the latest research from GfK Retail and Technology. This represents a growth in excess of 10% over the same period (Jan-Oct) in 2009.

28 Jan 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

Family business owners optimistic, but...

LONDON, UK: Family firms around the world are confident about their future prospects, but many aren't doing enough to prepare themselves for the years ahead, says PwC. Nearly half still don't have a succession plan and of those that do, only 50% have decided who will take over the top job.

26 Nov 2010

UNITED STATES

Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes

NEW YORK, US: After an upbeat start to the year with two consecutive quarters of increases in optimism, global consumer confidence fell three points in September to an Index of 90 as consumers' hopes for a full economic recovery this year fades in most parts of the world, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index.

27 Oct 2010