Consumer confidence in Vietnam has dipped to its lowest level since the third quarter of 2010 as concerns remain over the economic situation, a survey has found.
Photo: Tuoi Tre
Global consumer research firm Nielsen said in its press release that the consumer confidence index for Vietnam dropped five points from the previous quarter to stand at 94 points for Q1 2012. Its survey also found that "three out of every four Vietnamese online consumers believe it is not a good time to buy the things they want and need over the next 12 months."
The Nielsen global survey has since 2005 tracked consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among more than 28,000 Internet consumers in 56 countries. Consumer confidence levels above and below a baseline of 100 indicate degrees of optimism and pessimism.
In the first quarter of this year, it said, Vietnamese consumers were most concerned about job security, the general economic situation, rising food and fuel prices as well as healthcare costs. "Fifty-three percent of Vietnamese online respondents described their job prospects in 2012 as good/excellent, a slight decline from 58 percent in Q4 2011 and 60 percent from a year ago. Only 49 percent of Vietnamese consumers are confident that their personal finance will be good/excellent in the coming year, dipping 5 points versus the previous quarter and 7 points versus Q1 2011," the release said.
It said the decline in consumer confidence was also reflected in the fact that saving spare cash has become top choice (69 per cent) among Vietnamese consumers, up four percent over the previous quarter.
As in the previous quarter, 84 percent of the survey respondents said they had changed their spending to save on household expenses, mainly on new clothes (65 percent), gas and electricity (65 percent), out-of-home entertainment (61 percent), replacement of major house items (52 percent), and upgrading technology (48 percent).
The survey, done between February 10 and February 27, 2012, polled more than 28,000 online consumers in 56 countries of the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and North America.
It found consumer confidence up in all global regions except Latin America , which remained flat at 98 index points.
It said India (123) remained the world's most optimistic market for the ninth consecutive quarter, followed by Saudi Arabia (119), Indonesia (118) and the Philippines (118).
Hungary was the world's most pessimistic market at 32 index points, followed by Greece (37) and Portugal (39).
|< Prev||Next >|
» Consumer confidence keeps climbing
» Nielsen: Vietnamese consumers upbeat about economic outlook
» Domestic car sales on the rise
Latest Category Posts
- HCM City gets ready to sell E5 bio-fuel in Dec
- Over 700 firms post sales on Vietnam’s 'Black Friday' website
- Vietnam house scraps ad tax, hikes tobacco, wine tax
- Vietnam scrambles to squash Taiwanese rumor about dioxin-tainted tea
- Jetstar Pacific opens Ha Noi-Bangkok route
- Russia’s “Look East” policy to bring new opportunities to Vietnam
- Controversial resort project in central Vietnam called off
- Door opens to foreign logistics firms
- 90 percent of airports in Vietnam record losses
- Italian investors keen to invest in industrial parks
Random Category Picks
- Volcafe raises estimate for global coffee deficit on Vietnam
- Soc Trang plans forum to focus on Mekong Delta development
- Thai tycoon seeks to buy Vietnam’s largest brewer
- ANZ at risk of losing out from SSI divestment
- Farmers grow shaped pomelos for coming Tet
- “Dead businesses” suddenly become valuable
Popular Category Posts
- How much do Vietnamese workers really earn?
- Lao Cai told to boost cross-border trade
- PepsiCo signs MoU to ensure stable outlets for Vietnam potato farmers
- Ministry publicizes wages of leaders of state-owned corporations
- Closing Vietnam’s largest airport could help fund new, costly terminal: expert
- Metro Vietnam’s losses under the microscope
- Rose prices go through the roof
- Forbes Vietnam to honor 50 best Vietnamese listed companies
- EU trade deal to lift tariffs on 90 Vietnamese exports
- Vietnam’s business hub among 10 best emerging cities for startups: CNN
- US dollar millionaires to “explode” in Vietnam in ten years
- Supermarkets more popular, but traditional markets remain busy as ever
- Singapore's Ascendas in joint venture to build $130-mln Vietnam business park
- French firm eyes Vietnam’s sole airport manager
- Bright future seen for E-commerce
- Foreign investors make big profits, then flee country
- Vietnam Airlines upgrades fleet with Airbus A350
- Standardized seaport to take shape in Phu Quoc island
- Vietnam’s exports to China rise despite territorial tensions
- Wealthy Vietnamese businesspeople shun the bourse