34 pc Indian Consumers Notice In-Store Promotional Offers
34 pc Indian Consumers Notice In-Store Promotional Offers

While spends across health products have improved reflecting an increase of 3 percent from last month, sentiments, however, remain the same as last month for essential consumption. 

According to Axis My India’s latest findings of the India Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI), 34 percent of consumers notice in-store promotional offers and 50 percent of them believe it influences their purchase decision. 

The December net CSI score, calculated by percentage increase minus percentage decrease in sentiment, is at +07, from +09 last month reflecting a decrease by 02 points.

The sentiment analysis delves into five relevant sub-indices – Overall household spending, spending on essential and non-essential items, spending on healthcare, media consumption habits, and entertainment & tourism trends. 

“Consumers have experienced a full circle, starting with restricted spending due to COVID-19, moving on to revenge shopping after the restrictions were relaxed to festive sentiments, and finally to stagnation due to inflation. Whether it is spends on essential/discretionary products or travel and tourism inflation continues to impact these indices of consumer sentiment. This may be one of the factors influencing customers to choose domestic travel over foreign ones,” commented Pradeep Gupta, Chairman and MD, Axis My India.

He further added, “The spending capacity which is elevated basis one's savings is at the moment impacted by increased interest rates. Diverting spends on healthcare is another critical reason. The post-pandemic behavior of investment in health and healthy choices continues to remain a top priority of several households. Finally, even though spending on essential and non-essential appears to reflect lowered sentiments, marketers should note that exploring and experiencing enticing offers from physical stores continues to influence consumer purchase decisions. Therefore marketers should capitalize on this to improve and increase in-store purchases.”

Key findings: 

  • Overall household spending has increased for 56 percent of families which reflects a decrease of 3 percent points from last month. The net score which was +51 last month has decreased by -4 to +47 this month
  • Spends on essentials like personal care and household items has increased for 46 percent of families, which is the same as last month. The net score which was at +27 last month, increased by one this month
  • Spends on non-essential and discretionary products like AC, Car, and Refrigerator has increased for 8 percent of families, which reflects a decrease of 3 percent from last month. The net score, which was at +4 last month has reduced to -1 this month, showcasing downward sentiments post the end of the festive season 
  • Expenses towards health-related items such as vitamins, tests, and healthy food have surged for 42 percent of families. This reflects an increased consumption of 3 percent from last month mainly because of the onset of the winter season. The health score which has a negative connotation i.e., the lesser the spends on health items the better the sentiments, has a net score value of -27, which has dipped - 4 from last month
  • Consumption of media (TV, Internet, Radio, etc.) has increased for 21 percent of families, which is the same as last month. The overall, net score, which was at -4 last month, is at -2 this month
  • Mobility has increased for 6 percent of the families, which reflects a decrease of 1 percent from last month. The overall mobility net indicator score which was at -1 last month, has been reported as -2 this month

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Demystifying the nature of consumers’ engagement with in-store promotional offers, the survey unveils that 34 percent notice promotional offers running in stores, and 50 percent of those who notice these promotional offers indicated that it would influence their final purchase decisions.

Capturing the enthusiasm around the survey discovered that 17 percent would be watching some key matches while 9 percent would be watching all matches. Gauging the preference in terms of viewing medium, the survey revealed that 58 percent would view it on TV, whereas 27 percent and 12 percent will view it on Mobile and OTT platforms respectively.

In an attempt to understand consumer year-end travel plans around holidays, the survey points out that 21 percent would go on a domestic holiday this season, further indicating that 23 percent would base their decision on the cost, while 17 percent would base it on the season and destination. The family decision falls under the third set of considerations when planning for holidays.

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