DS Index: Q2 2018 Report
The second quarterly DS Index report of 2018 has a greater focus on visuals and using charts to explain the direction the CE retail industry is heading and to recap how the last three months went. The latest quarter was noticeably different from last year, which is a very positive thing for the DS Index. Last year, Q2 kicked off what was a six-month stretch of declining confidence. This year, there’s a much different narrative.
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 Q2 2018 report.