Euromonitor International is a world leading independent provider of business intelligence on industries, countries and consumers. Their business intelligence products include award-winning online information databases, market reports and business reference books.
Founded in 1972, Euromonitor International is a privately owned company with offices in London, Chicago, Singapore, Shanghai and Vilnius. Euromonitor has a team of over 600 in-country analysts worldwide, giving them a unique capability to deliver high quality and reliable business information.
Each Euromonitor industry report is based on a core set of research techniques:
- National-level desk research, company research and analysis, store checking, trade interviewing with national players and market analysis
- International-level desk research, multinational company research and analysis, trade interviewing with national players and market analysis
The same in-house team of analysts which conducts the complementary international-level research also co-ordinates, controls, edits and finalises the work of our research associates in each country under review.
Euromonitor already has a considerable amount of relevant information on each product and service industry, which is collated to provide a starting-point for both the national and international research conducted for each annual update. Added to this, they then conduct an in-depth programme of desk research to gather as much new primary and secondary source data as possible.
Main sources include:
- National Statistical Offices, other governmental and official sources
- Inter-governmental bodies and other official international sources
- The national and international specialist trade press
- National and international trade associations
- Industry study groups and other semi-official sources
- Reports published by major manufacturers/distributors/retailers/suppliers
- Online databases
- The financial, business and mainstream press
Store checks are carried out by Euromonitor's network of analysts based in the field in countries worldwide. Analysts are briefed to conduct store visits in major outlets of all relevant types to gather up-to-date information on product types and brands.
Comprehensive store visits and product/brand range audits ensure that country-by-country research establishes the whole range of available product types and individual brands currently on the market. Store checks also provide valuable data on packaging, pricing, display, marketing and merchandising trends, as well as useful insight into the retail channel distribution pattern of the product market.
The results, combined with desk research findings, provide a basis of solid and detailed market information on which to conduct trade interview surveys.
As an independent and objective market analyst and through the high profile of the Euromonitor brand, they are able to talk directly to key industry players and therefore to inform their analysis with the knowledge and opinions of the leading operators in the market or industry under review.
Trade interview surveys are conducted to:
- Fill gaps in the available published data per company
- Generate a composite industry view of the size/structure/strategic direction of the overall market
- Access latest year data where published sources are out of date
- Evaluate the experts' views on current trends and market developments
Interviews are conducted with a variety of players in each industry (eg suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, trading companies, retailers and service suppliers) as well as third party analysts and observers from the trade press, industry associations and industry study groups, and with representatives of relevant regulatory bodies.
Interviews are conducted both by Euromonitor analysts in subject countries and at regional/global HQ level for international issues. Interviews are conducted in the native language of the respondent by fluent linguists trained in Euromonitor's market interviewing techniques.
Trade surveys are particularly important for areas of market analysis not covered by any official or semi-official sources. Market size and share data are generated by surveying a wide range of industry personnel, in companies in different functions (from supply to delivery) in order to gain various perspectives. It is also crucial to test each respondent's information and views against those of other respondents in order to ensure reliability and to eliminate bias (intentional and unintentional) from any single source.
Analysis of the leading players in the industry calls for a programme of company research, in turn based on interviews with the companies themselves and (where relevant) with their suppliers and customers.
Corporate intelligence research also draws on sources such as:
- Company annual reports
- Analysis of annual accounts
- Independent analyst reports
- Trade press coverage
- Financial and mainstream press coverage
This research is conducted at local subsidiary level within each national industry study. Company analysis is also conducted globally and regionally to complete top-down estimates of major players' total global and regional sales.
The collation of data is only the initial stage of the process. Final data and reports are generated using Euromonitor's team of experienced analysts who have already written extensively on trends and developments in these markets. Their in-house and in-country teams have the breadth of regional and market/industry specialisms required to support their global research activities.
Euromonitor ensures the best possible levels of robustness and accuracy in its data in several ways:
- They conduct research on the ground in each country, closest to the best sources
- They use experienced, well-trained analysts
- They exchange ideas with trade sources, to make the input from our trade surveys as strong as possible.
- They work closely with the major international players to refine, improve and expand the scope of the research each year.
Future outlook for each industry and sector-specific sales forecasts are key elements of Euromonitor's market intelligence. Having established historic market trends, they ask some simple questions: how will the market perform from here in comparison with its performance over the last 5-10 years? Will its historic trend (whether growing, stable or declining) now speed up, continue as previously or slow down? Will a decline bottom out or will rapid growth peak and plateau?
As a global analyst, conducting studies across many countries, they can also ask: how does this market ultimate growth potential compare to other countries and sectors that we know?
Forecasts represent many of the essential conclusions Euromonitor has reached about the current state of the market and how it works. Importantly, their analysis will also state the assumptions and trade opinion behind whether their predictions are optimistic or pessimistic, so that their clients can use the statistical forecasts with confidence.
Industry specialist in-house teams bring together findings from all stages of the research process, liaise where necessary with field research personnel, exercise editorial control and coordinate the final publication of new data and text in each online system.
Upon completion of the country-by-country research phase, data standardisation checks take place to ensure international comparability across the global database. Comparative checks are carried out on per capita expenditure levels, growth rates, patterns of subsector breakdowns and retail distribution shares. Where irregularities are found between proximate national markets, supplementary research is conducted in the relevant countries to confirm and/or amend those findings.
This process ensures that there is international comparability across the database – that consistent product sector and subsector definitions have been used, that value data has been accurately collated and converted to the common currency of US$ and that discrepancies between different published sources have been examined and reconciled.