DS Index: Q1 2018 Report
The first quarterly DS Index report of the new year is in, and it was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of good news/bad news scenarios for the consumer electronics retail industry. The year started off by setting a new all-time-high DS Index score, but appeared to be teetering on the edge of another major downturn by the end of Q1. We dive into the whys and hows in this latest quarterly report.
A few new wrinkles to the DS Index in 2018 include a deeper dive into specific store types and how those impact the overall confidence score. In what’s turned out to be one of the other more-interesting points about the DS Index has been our breaking the survey data into retailer-size specific results. This has allowed us to paint a slightly clearer picture of just how the different retail segments within the CE retail industry (Big Box, Regional Chains, and Independents) have faired throughout the quarter.
Specific areas that this report looks at include:
- CE retail sales performance
- By-product confidence levels
- The impact of store size on confidence
- An outlook for the remainder of 2018
For a complete breakdown on all of this and more, be sure to download our free DS Index Q1 2018 report.