The consumer confidence index has returned to its pre-downturn level
Sberbank Investment Research, the research department of Sberbank CIB1, today publishes its 23rd survey of the pan-Russian consumer, the Sberbank CIB Ivanov Consumer Confidence Tracker2, which monitors consumer spending, savings and confidence trends across the country.
The twenty-third tracker showed the consumer confidence index improve from -10% in 4Q17 to -9% in 1Q18, thus returning to its pre-downturn level. Consumer shopping habits continue to normalize in line with a reduction in trading down.
Consumer confidence index
Source: Cint, Sberbank CIB Investment Research
The main findings of the survey are shown below:
This proprietary publication includes a headline consumer confidence index and also provides a set of leading indicators for the most important trends in the country’s rapidly expanding consumer sectors (retail, banking, telecoms, media, IT, real estate and transportation).
The survey is undertaken by market research agency Cint on behalf of Sberbank CIB and is now conducted quarterly under a methodology that closely mirrors that of the State Statistics Service’s quarterly survey and EU confidence assessments. However, our survey is expanded to encompass a wider set of questions relevant to Russia’s middle-income consumers. The survey sample is 2,300 people aged 18 to 65 and living in 164 cities with a population of over 100,000 inhabitants. The tracking error is below 2%.
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