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7 Key Statistics about Brazilian Consumers

Recent studies from various sources have offered important insights about Brazilian consumers. We selected 7 of the most relevant data points so you can factor them in when setting up future campaigns.

More and More
According to market research firm IPC Marketing, Brazilian consumption will total more than R$ 3 trillion (US$1.5 trillion), an increase of nearly 10% compared to 2012, when total consumption of Brazilians was R$2.7 trillion. Class B has the most purchasing power and will spend R$1.3 trillion (US$650 billion) in 2013. Class B accounts for 48% of national consumption in Brazil, slightly less than in 2012, in which it was responsible for 50% of consumption. Brazil’s Class C1 will spend R$518 billion (US$259 billion) in 2013, very close to class A, which will spend R$ 539 billion (US$269 billion).
Home maintenance is what Brazilians will spend most of their money on in 2013: it accounts for more than 25% of total consumption. Other top spending categories in Brazil in 2013 include health/medicine/personal hygiene (almost 9%), transportation (7.5%), building materials (5%), clothing/footwear (4.7%), recreation/travel (3.5%), education (2.5%), electronics (2.2%) and furniture/household goods (1.8%).

Charging It
According to Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Cartões de Crédito e Serviços (Brazilian Association of Credit Card Companies and Services), in 2012 the use of credit cards accounted for 26% of Brazilian household consumption, up from 16% in 2007. Overall, in 2012 R$ 479 billion (US$239 billion) were spent in credit card transactions in Brazil, 16% higher than in 2011. In addition, transactions with credit or debit cards represented 58% of sector revenues in Brazil in 2012.

Electronics Are Essential
A recent study from Accenture looked at the average amount spent by consumers on electronics. According to the results, Brazil is #2 in the world in electronics spending, with an average of US$1,080. Only consumers in China spent more on electronics: an average of US$1,251 per person. The study also showed that Brazilian consumers plan to spend an average of US$1,323 on electronics in 2013. The electronic products that Brazilians say they plan to buy in 2013 include tablets (scoring 148% in purchase potential), Blu-Ray players (136%), high-def TVs (113%) and smartphones (111%).

Most Brazilians Buy on Impulse
A new survey from Serviço de Proteção ao Crédito Brasil indicates that 85% of Brazilian consumers say that they buy on impulse. More than 4 in 10 Brazilians from classes AB report buying on impulse while low self esteem was the main reason for impulse buying among Brazilian from classes C and D.

They’re Going Places
In the first quarter of 2013, Brazilians spent more than US$6 billion on foreign travel, up from the US$5.3 billion they spent on travel in the first quarter of 2012. Overall in 2012, Brazilians spent more than US$22 billion on foreign travel, a bit more than the US$21 billion they spent in 2011.

Social Shopping Becomes Significant
A survey of Internet users in 12 countries done by Rakuten—a Japanese site that’s one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies—shows that 63% of Brazilians recommend products on social media sites. Only consumers from Indonesia (67%) had a higher propensity for using social media to recommend products. The study also looked at the average amount spent per person through e-commerce transactions. On average, in 2012 Brazilians spent US$657 per person. The United Kingdom’s shoppers spent the most per person via e-commerce in 2012, with an average of US$1,700. That said, Brazil’s e-commerce average was close to Japan’s (US$694 per person), higher than Spain’s average (US$649 per person) and not that far behind from the United States’average (US$909 per person).

The Power of Positive Thinking

Given all these numbers, it’s no surprise that Brazilian consumers seem to be very optimistic. According to a global report from Nielsen that looks at consumer confidence around the world, Brazil is one of seven Latin American countries whose shoppers feel pretty good about the future. Nielsen’s scale sets 100 as the top score for consumer optimism and confidence, and it looks like Brazilians (with a score of 111) have the sunniest shopping outlook. Other countries with highly optimistic shoppers include Peru (with a score of 98), Colombia (95), Chile (95), Mexico (86), Venezuela (84) and Argentina (75).

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