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Despite conservative macroeconomic projections, it seems like Brazilians are shopping more than ever. A study from the firm IPC Marketing Editora projects that consumption in Brazil will surpass US$2.7 trillion in 2012, with household spending exceeding GDP. Classes B and C account for half of what is consumed in Brazil, though Class B seems to show the strongest purchasing power.
We’ve observed some strong spikes in sales of a number of products in Brazil. Here’s a look at what grew the most in sales in 2011 and what’s selling strongly so far in 2012.
Car sales in Brazil grew by 2.9% in 2011, according to the Associação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Veículos Automotores (National Association of Automakers). The Volkswagen Gol was the biggest selling model in Brazil in 2011, followed by the Fiat Uno. Chevrolet’s Celta and Corsa Sedan ranked #3 and #4, respectively, in sales. Overall, Fiat sold the most cars in Brazil in 2011: 273,000. In 2012, the Federação Nacional da Distribuição de Veículos de Veículos Automotores (National Federation of Motor Vehicle Distribution), predicts car sales will go up 4.5% in Brazil.
Research firm IDC reported recently that computer sales in Brazil went up by 12% in 2011 to reach 15.4 million units sold. According to the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), a Brazilian higher education and research institution, sales of computers in Brazil will reach 17.9 million in 2012, an increase of 16%. FGV’s study indicates that currently there are 99 million computers in Brazil, roughly one computer for every two Brazilians. According to Fernando Meirelles, who led the research team from FGV, by 2017 there will be one computer for every Brazilian.
Notebooks and tablets are among the hottest types of computers among Brazilian consumers. Sales of notebooks grew by 60% in 2011 to reach 5 million, according to Gfk Consumer Choices, with 800,000 units sold in December 2011 alone.
Tablets posted comparatively modest sales of 450,000 units in 2011, but research firm Navegg predicts that Brazilians will buy 1 million tablets in 2012.
Brazil’s cosmetics industry logged US$14 billion in ex-factory sales in 2011, 7.9% higher than in 2010, according to Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosméticos. According to projections from Euromonitor International, in 2013 Brazil will overtake Japan to become the #2 cosmetics market in the world, just behind the United States.
The most recent report from market research firm e-bit indicated that in 2011, the e-commerce market in Brazil reached US$10.1 billion in sales, up 26% compared to 2010, when e-commerce sales totaled US$8 billion. In 2012, e-commerce sales in Brazil should reach US$12.6 billion, 25% higher than 2011, projects e-bit. Over 9 million new customers bought a product online for the first time in 2011, and overall around 32 million Brazilians have engaged in e-commerce. Top products for Brazilians who shop online include appliances, computers, electronics, health/beauty items and clothes/accessories.
Mobile Broadband Connections
According to Anatel, the country’s national telecommunications agency, there are now 54.3 million mobile broadband connections in Brazil, which means an overall 28% mobile broadband penetration rate. Forecasts from Teleco—an organization that tracks telecommunications in the country—suggest that Brazil will have 73 million mobile broadband connections by the end of 2012 and 124 million connections by 2014 when it hosts the World Cup. As mobile broadband connections have grown, so have the number of mobile phones with 3G services: currently 20% of the cell phones in Brazil have 3G.
According to IBOPE, sales of pharmaceuticals in Brazil will grow by 13% in 2012 and be four times more than the Gross Domestic Product. Classes B and C will account for 80% of the sales, spending 23 billion and 27 billion reales, respectively. A number of companies are benefiting from this surge, including Bayer HealthCare and Pfizer, which experienced increases of 13% and 14%, respectively, in their 2011 Brazil sales.
According to a projection by IDC, smartphone sales in Brazil will increase by 73% in 2012. In total numbers, this means that Brazilian shoppers will buy 15 million smartphones this year, whereas in 2011 they bought 8.9 million. This is a huge increase compared to 2010, when 4.8 million smartphones were sold in Brazil. IDC considers phones with operating systems, like iPhones or Blackberrys, to be smartphones. According to the firm, over 50% of the smartphones in Brazil use the Android operating system.
According to market research firm GfK Consumer Choices, sales of video game consoles in Brazil shot up by 53% in 2011 to reach 935,000 units, up from 642,000 units in 2010.