New Market Research Report: Russia Consumer Electronics Report Q2 2013

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Thu May 16 2013

We project that Russian consumer electronics spending will grow by about 9% in US dollar terms in 2013, after Russian retailers such as MTS, and Euroset reported another year of strong growth in sales of some consumer electronics devices in 2012. The Russian consumer electronics market is expected to increase at a double-digit compound annual growth rate over BMI's five-year forecast period, driven by the growing popularity of digital lifestyle products like digital TV sets, notebook PCs, digital cameras and portable audio devices. However, overall handset sales reported slower growth in 2012, despite strong demand for smartphones, and a similar pattern is expected in 2013. Meanwhile, PC sales were down year-on-year in Q412, following double-digit growth in Q1-3.

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The planned rollout of digital TV broadcasting to 95% of Russian citizens by 2015 and investment in 3G and 4G mobile communications infrastructure will boost spending. Meanwhile, the market should receive a further boost following WTO entry, confirmed in August 2012, with import taxes of 5-15% expected to be lowered within three years.

Headline Expenditure Projections

Computer Hardware Sales: US$11.7bn in 2012 to US$12.7bn in 2013, +8% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms unchanged despite a dip in Q412, and tablets should be a strong growth area in 2013.

AV Sales: US$8.2bn in 2012 to US$8.8bn in 2013, +7% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms unchanged, with flat-screen TV set sales the main growth area.

Handset Sales: US$6.1bn in 2012 to US$7.0bn in 2013, +14% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms downwardly revised, but sales of smartphones have been particularly strong and reversed a trend of declining handset prices.

Risk/Reward Rating

Russia's score is 51.9out of 100.0, down slightly from the previous quarter. However, Russia has moved down to third place in our latest Consumer Electronics Risk/Reward Ratings table from second, swapping places with the Czech Republic. Given its undoubted market growth potential, Russia is expected remain a priority market for vendors.

Key Trends And Developments

* The flat-screen TV set market still is far from saturated, particularly in remote areas. In the major cities of European Russia, rising incomes, new house builds and interest in luxury items will ensure growing demand for digital. The government has set a target for every Russian citizen to have access to at least 24 digital TV channels by 2015, with the amount of funding for digitalisation reportedly RUB76.3bn. Russia is expected to roll out digital services gradually, starting from Russia's Far East and South Siberian regions, followed eventually by all populated localities.

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