Euromonitor International Ltd

Euromonitor International Ltd

September 10, 2013 04:00 ET

Brazil, Russia, China, India, and South Africa Create Formidable Force for Economic Growth, According to New Research from Euromonitor International

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2013) - Market Research Company Euromonitor International released today a new report identifying market drivers in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Industrialisation and economic growth put these countries amongst the most rapidly urbanising countries in the world and home to eight of the world's 15 largest cities in 2012.

The BRIC acronym was coined by Goldman Sachs back in 2001 to describe four of the leading emerging markets of the time: Brazil, Russia, India and China. The name caught on, and the foreign ministers of the BRIC countries decided to hold a summit in New York in 2006, creating a new institution. In order to expand the group and thus cover more of the emerging world, the BRICs asked South Africa to join the group in 2010. The aim was to increase intra-BRICS trade, investment and technology sharing in the face of Western dominance.

Globally, the BRICS account for 40% of the world's population, a quarter of its land mass and a fifth of global GDP. China dominates the BRICS in terms of economic might, with its GDP of US $13.4 trillion, 22 times the size of GDP in South Africa. While South Africa has the smallest economy of the BRICS, it is still a significant power within the Middle East and Africa region with a well captialised banking system, abundant natural resources and an established manufacturing base.

Unemployment levels are relativity low and falling amongst most of the BRICS with per capita disposable income rising in all of the markets over the 2008-2013 period and every country experiencing an explosion of the middle class.

"Our new research uncovered not only areas for business growth but highlighted the power of the consumer in the BRICS. The vast and growing pool of middle class consumers provide immense opportunities for consumer goods companies facing stagnant demand in developed markets," said Gina Westbrook, Editorial Director at Euromonitor.

Trends Highlighted in New BRICS research:

Consumer Spending

Attitudes towards spending and saving differ greatly across all five BRICS markets. Savings ratios of disposable income sit at 39.1% in China and -.3 % percent in South Africa. Although incomes have risen substantially across all markets, essential items such as food, drink and housing represent the largest areas of consumer spending.

Consumer Behaviour

Eating out is a common activity in all five BRICS markets. Euromonitor International's Out and About Survey of 2012 found that at least 42% of all respondents in all markets eat out two or more times per week. Consumers are also paying increasing attention to beauty and personal care as their incomes rise.

Other Market Drivers - the Middle Class

The share of "middle income" households is highest in India and Brazil, at 29% and 28% respectively. However, Russia has the highest share of households with an annual disposable income over US $10,000 at 86%. One visible indicator of the growth of the middle classes is the explosion of car use. While in Russia, over half of all households possessed a car in 2013, only 7% of Chinese and fewer than 5% of Indian households did so, suggesting huge potential for growth in these markets.

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Euromonitor International is the world's leading provider for global business intelligence and strategic market analysis. We have over 40 years of experience publishing international market reports, business reference books and online databases on consumer markets.

We deliver market research solutions to support strategic planning for today's increasingly international business environment. Our research offers in-depth market analysis on consumer goods and services industries worldwide, as well as economic, demographic and socio-economic data and insight on countries and consumers.

Euromonitor International is headquartered in London, with regional offices in Chicago, Brazil Singapore, Shanghai, Vilnius, Santiago, Dubai, Cape Town, Tokyo, Sydney and Bangalore, and has a network of over 800 analysts worldwide.

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