CLEVELAND and CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Investor optimism is positive, and acquisition appetite remains robust, according to the Consumer Products & Retail Insider, an industry report released by Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) www.bglco.com.
Consumer purchasing power continues to gain amid recent market uncertainty, with sentiment at its highest level in eight years. Despite heightened media focus on decelerating global growth, the outlook on the U.S. economy remains positive, buoyed by a vibrant housing market and rising retail sales. High-growth consumer businesses continue to be in demand, with capital availability and accommodative credit markets supporting strong valuations for growing brands.
The BGL report, now available online, examines developing trends in the Home Environment, Outdoor & Active Lifestyle, and Pet industries:
- Lifestyle trends, coupled with positive economic and category tailwinds, are fueling growth in the fragmented home furnishings industry, where the opportunity to consolidate is drawing interest from private equity funds which are actively pursuing new investments.
- Consolidation is continuing in the outdoor and active lifestyle industry, with planogram power the end game to drive topline growth. Companies are seeking innovative, authentic brands to complement product offerings and fast track entry into growing outdoor niches. Consolidation plays continue to drive earnings growth.
- Pet food manufacturers are tightening supply chain controls in an increasingly stringent regulatory environment, as consumer demand for domestically and locally sourced ingredients grows. Recent acquisition activity underscores the growing focus on natural and organic—perceived to be safer and healthier options by consumers who associate nutrition with pet health.
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company publishes periodic research reports on a variety of industries including automotive; business services; consumer products and retail; building products and construction materials; environmental and energy services; healthcare and life sciences; human capital management outsourcing; industrials; metals; and plastics and packaging. Download BGL Insider reports at bglco.com.
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