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Russian tech market expands 16.6% in 2018

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 13 March 2019

Total sales in Russia for calendar 2018 hit US$25.8 billion – up 16.6% year-on-year
Total sales in Russia for calendar 2018 hit US$25.8 billion – up 16.6% year-on-year

Research house GfK’s most recent TEMAX analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Russia indicates that the total market value hit US$8.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 – up 16.3% year-on-year. The positive market development continued as consumers found attractive offers in retail and accelerated purchase decisions ahead of VAT changes planned for 2019. Total sales in Russia for calendar 2018 hit US$25.8 billion – up 16.6% year-on-year.

GfK’s category insight showed information technology sales up 22.1% year-on-year at US$1.72 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018. GfK highlighted an increase in the mobile computing market driven by increased market share for powerful devices. Strong sales of gaming monitors and gaming accessories also contributed to the increase.

In the telecoms segment, fourth quarter 2018 sales reached US$2.76 billion – up 12.5% year-on-year. GfK stated: “The attractive offers in retail stimulated consumers to purchase expensive devices by offering instalment programmes, bundles, cashbacks and other promotional campaigns.”

The market for core wearable products doubled year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to GfK. In the office equipment sales, strong demand for multifunction devices contributed to a year-on-year fourth quarter 2018 sales growth of 10.8% to hit US$271m.

GfK’s TEMAX research measures the size of the ‘technical consumer goods’ market, which includes the following product categories: consumer electronics; photo; major domestic appliances; small domestic appliances; IT; telecoms, office equipment and consumables. GfK TEMAX is an index developed by GfK to track the technical consumer goods market in countries around the world.

GfK at DISTREE Russia 2019

GfK is an Event Partner for DISTREE Russia 2019, which takes place from May 29th to May 31st in Moscow. DISTREE Russia is the country’s leading hosted buyer tech channel event spanning routes-to-market for both B2C and B2B markets. During the event, GfK will deliver a keynote speech, three workshops and a VIP briefing session.

Vendors, technology suppliers, distributors, resellers, retailers and e-tailers that require more details on DISTREE Russia 2019 can find full event details and contacts at or follow @DISTREE_Russia for event updates.

Channel EMEA is an official Media Partner for DISTREE Russia 2019.

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