Consumers in oil-rich Kuwait, including both nationals and affluent and low-income expats, were less affected by the global economic downturn than consumers in many other countries. Regardless, in real terms disposable income declined in recent years and this, in turn, has affected consumer spending. But as the cost of living increased, in part due to rising food prices, the government stepped in to provide relief, driving continued consumer demand for a wide range of products and services.
Consumer Lifestyle Reports provide current and detailed snapshots of the unique behaviours, attitudes and spending patterns of consumers in Kuwait.
In addition to covering important core topics like household disposable income, consumer expenditure, savings and credit and housing and home ownership, this report also contains hard-to-find statistics on more specific consumer-related topics like eating and drinking habits, shopping habits, preferred types of stores and retail venues, clothing and fashion trends and descriptions of how consumers spend their leisure and recreation time.
A consumer segmentation section in the report breaks down the Kuwait’s consumers by specific age groups, ranging from babies and infants to pensioners; highlighting the factors that influence purchasing decisions and the products in greatest demand for each segment.
Use the Consumer Lifestyle in Kuwait report to answer questions including:
- In what types of stores do consumers shop for food and drink?
- Do commuters drive cars to work or take public transport?
- How do ethnic groups influence consumer preferences and expenditure trends?
- How many households own microwave ovens? Personal computers? Refrigerators?
- On the whole, are the Kuwait’s consumers spenders or savers?
- Where do consumers go on holiday and how much do they spend?
- How well are consumers served by the Kuwait’s healthcare system?
Buy Consumer Lifestyle reports to:
- Get a quick, clear and comprehensive understanding of consumer trends, attitudes and behaviour in Kuwait with relevant data conveniently laid out in a single, easy-to-read document
- Immediately gain hard-to-discern insights from local analysts into the factors that influence daily decision-making processes of Kuwait consumers as they shop for and buy needed products and services
- Save research time and effort by quickly identifying unique (or in some cases similar) consumer attributes and characteristics that explain the demand for specific products and services in Kuwait
- Quickly grasp the dynamics and direction of Kuwait’s retail distribution network in order to understand how manufacturers and distributors get their products to consumers
Table of Contents
CONSUMER HABITS IN CONTEXT
Current Behaviour within the Broader Economic Climate
- Chart 1 Misery Index 2007-2012
- Chart 2 Number of Students in Higher Education and Consumer Expenditure on Education 2006-2011
- Chart 3 Regional Ranking of Number of University Students 2011
Women in the Workplace
Alternative Work Options
- Chart 4 Employed and Unemployed Population and Labour Force Participation Rate 2007-2012
- Chart 5 Population Aged 15-64 Compared with Old-Age Dependency Ratio 2000-2020
- Chart 6 Regional Ranking of Female Employment Rate 2011
Attitudes towards Food Trends
- Chart 7 Per Capita Expenditure on Consumer Foodservice by Chained and Independent 2012
- Chart 8 Regional Ranking of Availability of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables 2011
Attitudes towards Drinking
Drinking Inside the Home
Drinking Outside the Home
Attitudes towards Personal Care
Attitudes towards Beauty
Use of Hair Care Salons, Spas, Nail and Beauty Parlours
- Chart 9 Value Sales of Beauty and Personal Care Key Categories 2007-2012
- Chart 10 Regional Ranking of Per Capita Sales of Men's Grooming Products 2011
Attitudes towards Clothing
Attitudes towards Footwear
Attitudes towards Personal Adornment
Attitudes towards Accessories/Luxury Goods
- Chart 11 Consumer Expenditure on Clothing and Footwear 2007-2012
- Chart 12 Regional Ranking of Consumer Expenditure on Clothing and Footwear as a Proportion of Total Consumer Expenditure 2011
HEALTH AND WELLNESS HABITS
Public versus Private Healthcare
Attitudes to Health and Well-being
Over-the-Counter Versus Prescription-Only Medicines (OTC vs POM)
Sport and Fitness
- Chart 13 Growth in OTC Expenditure on Pharmaceuticals Compared with Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth 2007-2012
- Chart 14 Regional Ranking of Obese and Overweight Population 2011
Attitudes to Smoking
Attitudes to Shopping
Main Household Food and Non-Food Consumables Shop
Top-Up Food Shopping
Shopping for Big-Ticket Items
E-commerce and M-commerce
- Chart 15 Importance of Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Discounters within Grocery Retailing 2012
- Chart 16 Regional Ranking of Sales through Internet Retailing 2011
Public Holidays, Celebrations and Gift-Giving
- Chart 17 Regional Ranking of Consumer Expenditure on Leisure and Recreation as a Proportion of Total Consumer Expenditure 2011
DIY AND GARDENING HABITS
Attitudes to DIY
Attitudes to Gardening
- Chart 18 Number of Home Owners and New Dwellings Completed 2007-2012
- Chart 19 Regional Ranking of Home Owners as a Proportion of Total Households 2011
PET OWNERSHIP HABITS
Attitudes to Pet Ownership
Use of Public Transport
- Chart 20 Kilometres Travelled by Air Compared with the Number of Scheduled Airline Passengers Carried 2006-2011
- Chart 21 Length of Road Network 2006-2011
- Chart 22 Consumer Expenditure on Transport Services 2006-2011
- Chart 23 Regional Ranking of Possession of Passenger Cars 2011
Attitudes to Taking Holidays
Main Holiday-Taking Trends
Domestic versus Foreign Holidays
Preferred Travel Methods
- Chart 24 Tourism Expenditure and Tourism Receipts 2006-2011
- Chart 25 Regional Ranking of Holiday Departures 2011
Attitudes toward Payment Methods
Loans and Mortgages
- Chart 26 Consumer Lending Compared with Savings and Savings Ratio 2006-2011
- Chart 27 Regional Ranking of Financial Cards in Circulation 2011