Welcome to our latest Global Shopper Trends report, which offers key statistical insight into international shopper behaviour during the first quarter of 2017.
Globally, retail footfall experienced a marginal Year-on-Year decrease of -0.1% in Q1. However, international consumer confidence continued to grow, despite the impact of uncertainties related to national elections, Brexit, and the new US administration.
Across the Asia-Pacific region, retail traffic increased by +2.9% Year-on-Year in the first three months of the year. Performance was led by India and Japan, which both experienced significant growth during the quarter. Hong Kong also contributed to the region’s positive overall performance, with consumer activity up +3.5%.
In Europe, despite an overall customer footfall decline of -1.3% Year-on-Year in Q1 2017, there were strong improvements in some countries. Spain and Austria enjoyed growth, driven by returning consumer confidence and falling unemployment.
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