The market for mergers and acquisitions in the consumer products industry has cooled from the frothy levels of a year ago. Closed deal activity slowed for the fourth consecutive quarter, according to data from PitchBook. This trend has continued as investors remain cautious given the uncertain economic ... READ MORE >
Consumer products holiday season insights: Retailers’ stocks are full going into the holidays
Retailers’ inventory levels are heavy going into the holiday season as supply chain pressures eased (evidenced by the latest readings in the RSM US Supply Chain Index) and consumer demand shifted away from products and toward experiences. Consumer goods companies have discounted product to right-size ... READ MORE >
Consumer products holiday season insights: Retail holiday shopping expected to be strong this year
With the holiday shopping season already begun, RSM forecasts nominal retail sales from October through December to increase between 6.5% and 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. Given that October retail sales are set to be released on Nov. 16—and because of a shift in consumer and retailer shopping ... READ MORE >
Consumer products M&A insights from the third quarter
Based on information available as of Oct. 23, 2022 from PitchBook Data, Inc., consumer products closed deal activity continued to slow, contracting for the third consecutive quarter. Current economic challenges, including inflationary pressures and the resulting shift in consumer discretionary spending, ... READ MORE >
Resale is big business and an opportunity for middle market consumer goods companies
The resale industry is expected to exceed new goods apparel growth by 16 times, according to Bloomberg, increasing the market from $9 billion in 2020 to $51 billion by 2026. In 2010, 4% of closets consisted of secondhand clothing; in 2021 that has increased to 9%, and projections are as high as 27% by ... READ MORE >
Back-to-school consumer business outlook: Did consumers pull back on spending?
In our four-part blog series, RSM’s senior industry analysts explore back-to-school shopping trends and the impact on consumer businesses. In our final post, we provide a look back at spending habits and what’s to come for the holidays. As we enter the second half of September and with students back in ... READ MORE >
Consumer products M&A posts second straight quarterly slowdown
Deal activity in the consumer products sector contracted for the second consecutive quarter to the lowest level since third quarter of 2020, based on information available through July 22. The slowdown comes as market uncertainty curtailed deal urgency and valuations, and as participants continued to ... READ MORE >
Have we entered a “goods-cession” or goods fatigue?
In the June 2022 real consumer spending data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Friday, on a three-month annualized basis, spending on both durable and non-durable goods declined for the second consecutive month, furthering the evidence we are in the midst of a “goods-cession.” After a ... READ MORE >
A new ban on some Chinese goods may prompt further consumer goods supply chain disruptions
On June 21, the United States government implemented laws under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act that have a significant impact on consumer goods companies’ supply chains. This stems from the U.S. condemning forced labor and repression of minority groups in the Xinjiang region in China, including ... READ MORE >
Are inventory levels too high?
In March, overall consumer spending continued at a robust pace, with the three-month annualized real consumer spending increasing 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. But even with healthy consumer demand, companies are beginning to rethink current inventory positions as they plan for back-to-school and winter ... READ MORE >