As rapid socio-economic changes sweep across India, the country is witnessing the creation of many new markets and a further expansion of the existing ones. India’s consumer market is riding the crest of the country’s economic boom. The Indian consumer durables industry has witnessed a considerable change in the past couple of years. Changing lifestyle with access to disposable incomes, easy finance options and a surge in advertising has been instrumental in bringing about a sea change in the consumer behavior pattern. According to a study conducted by FICCI on the Indian consumer durables industry, a shift in consumer preferences towards higher-end, technologically advanced branded products has been quite discernable. This shift can be explained by narrowing differentials between the prices of branded and unbranded products added with the high quality of after sales service provided by the branded players. The shift has also been triggered by the availability of foreign branded products in India owing to lower import duties coupled with other liberal measures as introduced by the government.
SEGMENTATION OF THE CONSUMER DURABLE INDUSTRY
The Consumer Durables industry consists of durable goods and appliances for domestic use such as televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines. Instruments such as cell phones and kitchen appliances like microwave ovens are also included in this category. The consumer durables industry can be broadly classified into two segments: Consumer Electronics and Consumer Appliances. Consumer Appliances can be further categorized into Brown Goods and White Goods.
THE KEY DRIVERS BEHIND THE GROWTH
The sector has been witnessing significant growth in recent years, helped by several drivers such as the emerging retail boom, real estate and housing demand, greater disposable income and an overall increase in the level of affluence of a significant section of the population. The key trends that impact the Indian Consumer Durables Industry today are reflected in the diagram.
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