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Ad Spend by Sector: Consumer Goods Marketers Spend Big

2 minute read | January 2013

Despite moderate global growth in advertising spending, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies continued to invest—and invest more—according to Nielsen’s quarterly Global AdView Pulse report. The largest sector by ad spend market share, with roughly a quarter of all dollars spent (25.1%), FMCG saw a six percent increase in ad spend in 2012 through September. FMCG was joined by telecom, media and automotive as the top sectors for year-over-year ad growth.

FMCG: FMCG spending grew most in Q3 (9.6%), driven largely by increases in food and drink advertising. Advertising in the Middle East and Africa contributed significantly to these gains, with a regional year-to-date increase in FMCG spending of 41 percent.

Telecommunications: Telecommunications advertising unsurprisingly continued to lead the sectors for growth in year-to-date advertising spend (+6.6%).

Media: Within the media sector, broadcasters spent 8.3 percent more in ad spending for 2012 to date. This jump may be in part due to an increase in broadcasters advertising on their own channels, as they promote their content and fill spots not sold to other advertisers.

Automotive: Q3 is traditionally big for the automotive industry, as the sector saw a 6 percent increase in the first three quarters of 2012 over the same period in 2011.

Download the Q3 2012 Global AdView Pulse Report here.


Nielsen Global AdView Pulse measures ad spending for TV, newspapers, magazines, radio, outdoor, cinema and Internet display advertising. Some markets may exclude select media due to data availability.

The external data sources for the other countries included in the report are:

Argentina:  IBOPE

Brazil:  IBOPE

Croatia:  Nielsen in association with Ipsos

Egypt:  PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)

France:  Yacast

Greece:  Media Services

Hong Kong:  admanGo

Japan:  Nihon Daily Tsushinsha

Kuwait:  PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)

Lebanon:  PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)

Mexico:  IBOPE

Pan-Arab Media: PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)

Portugal:  Mediamonitor

Saudi Arabia:  PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)

Spain:  Arce Media

Switzerland:  Nielsen in association with Media Focus

UAE:  PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)

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