BMI View: W e revised down our forecast for Croatia's consumer electronics market in the Q415 update to capture the negative impact of kuna depreciation on device sales in a market where consumer confidence was already very fragile after recession 2008-2014. We now forecast a decline in market value in US dollar terms of 16% in 2015, and although the market is expected to return to growth from 2017 this will be insufficient to offset the decline in 2015-2016, meaning total spending in 2019 is forecast to remain below the 2014 level for the duration of our forecast. BMI expects big-ticket items such as TVs and PCs to again be hardest hit by the economic challenges facing Croatia, leaving the handset market as the outperforming sub-segment in 2015 and over the medium term . There are however areas of opportunity, particularly from 2017, as vendors will be better positioned to tap into comparatively low penetra tion rates in device categories including tablets, hybrid notebooks, smartphones, smart TVs and UHD TV sets .
Headline Expenditure Projections
Computer Hardware Sales: USD385mn in 2014 to USD310mn in 2015. Kuna depreciation in 2015 will result in deferred purchases and the substitution for cheaper models, meaning the value decline will exceed that for PC volumes. Another drag on market value is the shift in sales towards cheaper tablets, which have lower average selling prices compared to the notebook units being cannibalised.
AV Sales: USD211mn in 2014 to USD169mn in 2015. AV market growth trend already weak due to TV market saturation and digital camera cannibalisation, trends that will be exacerbated by kuna depreciation.
Handset Sales: USD264mn in 2014 to USD243mn in 2015. BMI forecasts an 8.0% decline in value in 2015, but even so the handset market is expected to fare better in a challenging macro environment due to lower average selling prices and more inelastic demand for replacement puchases.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering consumer electronics, major investments and projects.
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Analysis of the size of the domestic market for electronics products, with in-depth assessment and data covering the dynamics driving each sub-sector; audio-visual, computers, mobile phone handsets and gaming devices, as well as demand for automotives electronics.
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Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and economic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecast, covering computers, communications and gaming devices. Indicators include:
Industry value (US$bn); population (mn); nominal GDP (US$bn); real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita, industrial production Index (% y-o-y ave.) unemployment % of labour force.
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