Singapore Exchange (SGX) has launched an independent research report covering the retail sector in four ASEAN countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as part of its continued efforts to educate investors about the sectors which are covered by its listed companies.
The exchange, which recently reported its May financial metrics, commissioned the independent report which was developed by research firm Frost and Sullivan. Entitled “ASEAN Retail: Overview, Trends and Outlook, with a focus on SGX-listed Companies”, the report provides an in-depth analysis of the key sector drivers and an overview of the SGX-listed companies that are in these sectors.
The report indicated growth potential for ASEAN’s retail industry, fueled by rising middle-class consumers, increasing spending power and rising e-commerce sales, with consumer companies making up the biggest proportion of SGX-listed companies.
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Simon Lim, Head of Equity Capital Market (Sectors), SGX, said: “The Consumer sector has always been one of SGX’s focused sectors. Despite headwinds facing the retail sector recently, we recognised the need to keep investors informed of the sector’s longer-term growth outlook in ASEAN, which continues to be backed by strong demographic and macroeconomic fundamentals. The emergence of e-commerce also presents an exciting growth opportunity for the sector. “
In conjunction with the report, SGX also held a consumer sector corporate access day for 48 institutional investors attended by about 200 retail investors.