Consumer confidence continues to rise in Q1
As economy continues to develop, optimism over prospects grows
was 6.9 percent in the first quarter, higher than most economists’ expectations and 0.1 percentage point higher than in the last quarter of 2016.
China’s consumption upgrade trend has fueled people’s spending intentions, says Vishal Bali, managing director of Nielsen China.
“As the overall economy is shifting toward a consumption-led model, we’re seeing that people are increasingly confident about their employment opportunities and personal financial situation. And we are seeing this translate into demand for premium products and services. Brands should be looking to capitalize on this,” Bali adds.
Nielsen’s China consumer confidence index measures perceptions of local job prospects, personal finance and immediate spending intentions. Consumer confidence levels above and below a baseline of 100 indicate degrees of optimism and pessimism, respectively.
The latest report shows that personal finance grew to 66 from 62, and perceptions of local job prospects to 55 from 53. Moreover, the score of immediate spending intentions reached 55 from the previous level of 53, reaching its highest level since 2014.
Meanwhile, fast-moving consumer goods, a key component of the consumption sector, also reached a new high in the first quarter, with the total online sales value of 34 fastmoving consumer goods categories increasing from 28 percent in the fourth quarter of last year to 31 percent, and offline sales value increasing from 2 percent to 4 percent, according to Nielsen’s findings.
Zhang Jindong, chairman of Suning Holdings Group, said earlier that this year will be a landmark for the consumption upgrading, and the company is particularly optimistic about this year’s prospects.
The consumption sector accounted for 64.6 percent of China’s GDP growth last year, becoming the biggest driver of economic growth.
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