European retail and consumer spending outlook and trends in the post-COVID world

The pandemic has caused fundamental shifts in the macroeconomy and consumer behaviour across Europe. But are these trends here to stay and what is the consumer outlook over the short and medium-term? In this session, we will explore the big picture macro and consumer & retail sales outlook, prospects for excess savings fuelling a mini consumer boom, changing composition of consumer spending, the rise of online shopping vs in-store, tourism developments related to the consumer sector and the sub-national regional patterns of consumer spending.

Please note that we will be holding one webinar each for Americas, APAC and EMEA friendly timezones:

  • EMEA – Wednesday 19th May | 10:00 BST
  • Americas – Wednesday 19th May | 16:00 EDT
  • APAC – Thursday 20th May | 10:00 HKT

If you wish to find out more about our work on consumer spending, please click here.

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Graeme Harrison | Director of Oxford Economics’ Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Macroeconomic Consulting

Graeme Harrison is Director of Oxford Economics’ Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Macroeconomic Consulting and is a member of Oxford Economics’ Senior Management Team. Graeme is a highly experienced manager of large-scale complex projects involving cross-team and cross-office OE teams, including Oxford’s macro forecast team, country economists and Cities & Regions team. Graeme manages large-scale bespoke economic modelling, forecasting, scenario, impact assessment and strategic advisory consulting projects across the globe for corporate and public clients including consumer and tech multinationals, the Big Four professional services firms, major management consultancies and government ministries.

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George Bowen | Economist

George is an economist in the Cities and Regions team at Oxford Economics, and forecasts a number of cities across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. George has contributed to a number of consulting projects ranging from analysis of the consumer and retail sector, to real estate, through to sustainability.

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