MAT Q2 2021: Global CHC Market Trends

The latest update from Nicholas Hall’s CHC database DB6 indicates that in MAT Q2 2021, the retail (bricks & mortar) CHC market returned to growth following a decline in the previous reporting period – the first seen since DB6 records began. Overall global CHC sales were up 1.7% to US$151bn.

In terms of performance by geography, the Americas returned to positive growth (+1.3%), with a flat performance in North America bolstered by LatAm markets, including double-digit growth in Brazil (+10.6%). USA remains the clear No.1 CHC market globally, and grew modestly (+0.2%).

Asia-Pacific was the best performing region (+4.8%); while it continues to be impacted by loss of revenue from overseas visitors in key markets Japan (-4.0%) and Australia (-5.5%), high single-digit increases in China and India helped to lift the topline.

Source: Nicholas Hall’s global CHC sales database DB6 (all values at MSP).

Europe continues to decline (-2.0%), still heavily impacted by retraction in CCA and analgesics in Western Europe in particular. Key markets Germany (-8.5%) and UK (-10.8%) fell significantly, although this was partly offset by a positive trend in C&E Europe (+3.6%), with Russia maintaining mid-single digit increase (+4.1%) and Poland returning to growth after a decline in the previous reporting period.

Nicholas Hall Writes: “In 2020 we saw the market grow across the board during the first half, ease back in the second half, perform very badly in Q1 this year and return to growth in Q2. Is this a trend? Is it as simple as drawing the line forward to the point where we regain the pre-pandemic 3.7% retail sector growth rate? We all have our own point of view, but it would be a brave soul prepared to make a firm prediction. So in the best tradition of being a thrusting brand manager, I’m going to hedge my bets until I see the Q3 figures from DB6.

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MAT Q1 2021: Global CHC sales fall 0.6%

According to Nicholas Hall’s global sales database DB6, the retail (bricks & mortar) CHC market generated global sales of US$148bn, down by -0.6% versus a year ago. Further heavy decline for cough, cold & allergy (-14.5%), especially in North America and Western Europe, was largely responsible for the global fall in CHC sales. The Americas declined by -0.4%, driven by a -1.9% fall in North America, but slightly offset by a positive performance by LatAm markets (+8.5%), notably double-digit growth in Brazil (+10.6%).

Asia remained relatively weak (+2.6%); despite strong growth in China (+7.1%), the region continues to be impacted by loss of revenue from overseas visitors in key markets Japan (-9.1%) and Australia (-8.0%). Europe saw a significant downturn (-5.5%), heavily impacted by declines in CCA and analgesics in Western Europe. Key markets Germany (-13.3%) and UK (-13.9%) fell by double-digits during the MAT Q1 2021 period. In C&E Europe, meanwhile, Russia continued to post a positive performance (+4.1%), albeit at a slower rate than year-end.

As for global performance by major category, vitamins, minerals & supplements (+5.3%) remained the fastest-growing category – albeit at a slower rate than year-end 2020 – with immune-associated categories continuing to benefit from greater consumer focus on wellness maintenance and protection. Dermatologicals increased by +4.5%, its buoyancy largely attributed to the performance of antiseptics & disinfectants (+53.1%) during the pandemic. Lifestyle CHC grew by +2.4%, driven by double-digit increases in sedatives & sleep aids (+14.5%) as well as smaller categories such as obesity treatments, emergency hormonal contraception and erectile dysfunction.

Gastrointestinals returned a low level increase (+1.2%), while analgesics saw a decline of -1.8% globally, with systemics down -4.3%, largely owing to the effects of pantry loading at the start of the pandemic. Cough, cold & allergy saw the strongest decline, with sales falling by -14.5% in the 12 months to end March. Pantry loading, as well as the effects of lockdown restrictions, social distancing, mask wearing and hygiene measures resulted in significantly reduced incidence of respiratory pathologies.

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CCA down, but mental wellness products boom

Global CHC market sales in bricks & mortar outlets totalled US$150bn in 2020, with growth decelerating to 3.3%. Categories that were hardest hit by the slowdown were concentrated among CCA (notably cough and sore throat remedies) and Dermatologicals (such as lip care, cold sore and head lice treatments), as a result of social distancing guidelines. However, there were some notable sales successes in 2020, including sedatives & sleep aids and herbal memory & brain health supplements.

As we wrote in the latest issue of CHC.NewDirections: “Sleep quality has deteriorated as the Covid-19 pandemic has progressed, according to the ongoing University College London Covid-19 Social Study. Of the more than 70,000 participants, 12.7% reported “very good” sleep quality in March 2020 vs only 7.7% in March 2021. The number of people who said their sleep quality was “very poor” increased from 5.4% (Autumn 2020) to 10.1% at the start of the New Year.”

CIMA Market Analyst, Sacha Hawker, notes that this increase in sleep disturbance has been accompanied by a rise in sleep-related apps and devices in recent years, creating even more crossover between technology and consumer healthcare. And globally, there have been more than 160 new products with a mental wellness positioning since the pandemic began in December 2019 (Source: Nicholas Hall’s CHC New Products Tracker). With lockdown measures still in place alongside other stress factors, we expect this trend to continue.

Four notable 2020 sleep device launches from our Innovation in CHC report:
Withings Analyzer (Europe), SleepCheck (Australia), Sunrise (UK) and CoolDrift Versa (USA)

Commenting on the DB6 results, Nicholas Hall said: So there it is! Finally, the 2020 growth rate was somewhat lower than expected at 5% (all channels of distribution), more or less in line with the five years before the Covid outbreak. But within the market there has been radical change, and the stable overall growth rate cannot disguise the weakness of the cough & cold market – much worse than expected – and indeed of the whole retail sector. At the moment we are working on the short-term and long-term forecasts for the new edition of DB6, and there are puzzled frowns and long faces among the forecasting team.

So where do we look for rays of sunshine? As my colleague Celine Waller writes, anything connected with immunity and disinfection and e-Commerce is having a fine time, and the expectation is that this boom will carry over for two or three more years. And she points to sedatives & sleep aids among the rock stars with a 13% growth rate. This ties in perfectly with earlier predictions made during a webinar given by Jennifer Cooper and I a month ago. If you haven’t listened to the recording of that webinar, I strongly advise you to do so (link here).

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MAT Q3 Update: Category, country performances

Assessing the latest data on the performance of the global CHC market in MAT Q3 2020, Celine Waller, Group VP, DB6, wrote: “Covid-19 continues to have a seismic effect on the CHC market, although the impact of the pandemic differs depending on the category and geography. However, in totality the market has continued to outperform expectations with the increased focus on maintaining health & wellness providing a welcome boost to the industry.”

Vitamins, minerals & supplements (+6.0%) was the fastest-growing major category in MAT Q3, benefiting from the greater focus on wellness, with products connected to immunity particularly dynamic – overall, immune supplement sales rose by 47% globally. This trend was particularly noticeable in the world’s No.1 CHC market, USA, where immune supplements, as well as zinc and vitamin C supplements, all recorded exceptional growth.

Dermatologicals also performed well, increasing by 5.9% thanks to a surge in demand for antiseptics & disinfectants, which grew by 51% globally, owing to RB’s Dettol making big gains in key markets like China, and various successful launches in the USA. Meanwhile, analgesics achieved growth of 5.0% thanks to the strong performance of systemics (+5.9%), powered by the continued dynamism of global No.2 CHC brand Tylenol (J&J). Topicals mustered growth of only 3.2% in spite of the US switch of GSK’s Voltaren Arthritis Pain.

Cough, cold & allergy (+2.2%) was the weakest category globally in MAT Q3 2020, as social distancing and increased hygiene measures resulted in reduced incidence of respiratory pathologies. Declining sales for cough & cold remedies across western Europe, most noticeably in Germany and France, was the primary factor for the poor performance of these markets in MAT Q3 2020.

Gastrointestinals also produced low growth, with global sales increasing by just 2.8%, after a flat performance in western Europe and falling sales in Japan. In fact, heavy decline for GIs and OTC tonic drinks were two key factors behind the 5.1% fall in Japan’s CHC market. Liver & bile remedies (+5.2%) was the only GIs subcategory to achieve growth of more than 5% globally, powered by a double-digit rise in China.

Sales of Lifestyle CHC products expanded by 3.7%, a further deceleration in Q3, despite double-digit growth for sedatives & sleep aids and obesity treatments. A slowdown in sales of eye care treatments and a drop-off in Rx-to-OTC switch activity are two of the primary factors for this deceleration globally, though one exception is erectile dysfunction, which grew by double digits powered by OTC switches in the UK and Poland.

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OECD: Covid’s impact on e-Commerce

A new report published last month by the OECD, entitled e-Commerce in the time of COVID-19, explores how the pandemic has caused an expansion of e-Commerce towards “new firms, customers and types of products, likely involving a long-term shift of e-Commerce transactions from luxury goods and services to everyday necessities”. Below we pick out some of the highlights that relate to medicines.

In the opening summary, the OECD says that, “while e-Commerce in the past for many consumer groups was centred on high tech goods, toys or books, it now increasingly involves goods for which availability is critical to a large share of the population, including groceries, medicine and other necessities.” There were two examples given by the OECD from Brazil and Germany showing how e-Commerce has disrupted the medicines market.

In Brazil, “around 54% of Internet users had bought food or food products over the Internet in 2020, substantially up from only 22% in 2018. Significant increases were also observed for cosmetics, toiletries and medicines. As convenience has always been one of the key drivers of e-Commerce participation, it is likely that many of the new users will keep ordering at least some goods online in the future.”

As for Germany, “online sales grew significantly for medicines and groceries, historically laggard sectors in terms of e-Commerce, while overall online sales contracted by around 18% in March 2020 in comparison to the previous year.” The OECD report also highlighted the impact of Covid-19 on e-Commerce’s share of total retail sales in the UK, USA and EU.

Writing in last Friday’s CHC.Newsflash, Nicholas Hall said: “Let’s take the best case point-of-view, that the incidence of Covid-19 will shrink dramatically during the middle of 2021, with a significantly lower death rate. How do we get back to normal? Will personal and professional life pick up where it left off? I doubt that very much. It seems to me that, at the very least, working from home is here to stay, which could mean the revival of suburban shopping, with lower footfall in city centres and out-of-town shopping malls. One impact on consumer health could be a marked revival in community pharmacy and online purchases growing from 9% to 19% of total CHC sales globally in the next 10 years, and from 11% to 27% in Asia. Another fascinating statistic courtesy of Eurostat is that, uniquely, the over-55 cohort is the largest purchasing group for medicines online, which runs counter to the theory that digital equals youth.

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Top 2 brands powering global CHC growth

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Our blog this week looks at the performance of the Top 10 global consumer healthcare brands, in the context of the 5.6% upturn for the global CHC market in the year to end-March 2020. Inevitably, analgesics and cough, cold & allergy brands have enjoyed the highest rates of growth thanks to Covid-driven demand, with the Top 2 global brands, Vicks (+15.4%) and Tylenol (+18.3%), performing particularly well.

P&G’s CCA range Vicks now generates global sales of nearly US$1.5bn, and its double-digit growth in the MAT Q1 2020 period was powered by dynamic performances in Latin America and North America. In fact, high growth in the US market was behind the double-digit global upturns for both Vicks and J&J’s Tylenol, the latter generating sales of close to US$1bn in its home market.

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GSK markets four of the other Top 10 brands, including its powerful triumvirate of painkillers – Advil, Voltaren and Panadol. Growth for Advil and Panadol improved markedly in Q1, thanks to accelerated purchases as a result of Covid-19, while Voltaren experienced flat sales in the quarter. That said, the recent US Rx-to-OTC switch of Voltaren Arthritis Pain is expected to provide a significant boost to brand sales in Q2.

Halls also saw growth accelerate in Q1, although not to the same extent as other CCA brands like Mucinex, which rediscovered growth during the first quarter of 2020 to leap ahead of J&J’s Nicorette to reclaim the global No.9 spot. VMS brands Centrum and Nature Made missed out on the overall surge in demand for CHC products in Q1 – in general, growth in the VMS market has been focused primarily on immune supplements and vitamin C products.

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Survey shows growing support for pharmacies in Europe

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According to a YouGov survey, commissioned by Stada and focusing on four European countries (Germany, Italy, Spain and UK), hope and confidence in healthcare professionals has grown in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, though the picture does vary from one country to the next. With measures to reduce coronavirus infection rates defining daily life, Spaniards show the greatest concern for their health (51%), while people in Germany, Italy and UK are less worried (36-39%).

Germans (18%) are least likely to believe their healthcare system has absolutely proven itself, while 47% of Spaniards gave their health system top marks, followed by the UK (35%) and Italy (29%). Spaniards (32%) and Italians (28%) are most likely to have avoided visiting pharmacies vs only 14% in Germany and 19% in UK. In total, one in five people have greater respect and more recognition of what pharmacies provide on a day-to-day basis.

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The potentially good news for community pharmacies in Europe is that the coronavirus crisis does not appear to be leading to a large number of people ordering more medicines online. In fact, only 6% of those surveyed say they are taking this action. However, it will remain to be seen how consumer attitudes to internet & mail order purchasing of OTCs change in the coming years, especially in Europe. According to DB6 VP, Celine Waller, internet & mail order is expected to account for 19.2% of the total CHC market within the next decade, more than doubling its share from 9.4% currently. 

The survey also highlighted the likely impact of Covid-19 on the VMS market in Europe. UK consumers and Germans are generally not motivated to take more vitamins or similar products (<9%). In Italy and Spain, the readiness to do so is higher, particularly for vitamin C, D and multivitamins (13-15%). Paying greater attention to nutrition and taking more exercise hold greater attraction in the southern countries than in Germany and the UK, where people are more likely to say that the coronavirus situation has not changed their habits. 

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CHC market forecast to hold up well in 2020

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Forecasts released by Nicholas Hall’s CHC sales database DB6 project that the global retail CHC market is expected to slow to 3.5% in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Analgesics are expected to increase to 6.1% driven by strong sales of paracetamol-based systemics, while topicals are forecast to slow to 3.3% in spite of the switch of Voltaren in USA
  • CCA is projected to be the fastest-growing category with an increase of 6.5% boosted by coronavirus and reports of a high incidence of seasonal cold & flu at the start of 2020
  • GIs (+0.4%) and Derma (+0.8%) are expected to remain static as consumers cut back on non-essential purchases amid the tougher economic environment
  • Antiseptics & disinfectants are forecast to buck the low-growth trend in derma with a double-digit increase
  • Lifestyle CHC sales are predicted to slow to 1.8%, with erectile dysfunction (+13.2%) and sedatives & sleep aids (+7.8%) bright spots in an otherwise challenging category
  • VMS sales are expected to maintain growth of 3.4% with anticipated gains in some subcategories — notably vitamins C & D, zinc and immune supplements, offset by a deceleration in some other subcategories

The market is expected to bounce back in the longer term with a forecast CAGR 24/19 of 4.3% and CAGR 29/24 of 4.7% driven by switch, most notably of erectile dysfunction and daily oral contraceptives. CBD is not included in these retail forecasts.

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DB6 VP, Celine Waller writes: The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted an unprecedented surge in sales of certain CHC products as consumers have stocked up on essential medicines and sought products to protect their health. However, latest data points suggest that this spike has been short-lived with the market now stabilising and in some cases receding. We expect this trend to continue over the next few months, leading to a slight slowdown in CHC retail sales across 2020 in its entirety, although of course the industry is expected to be far more resilient than many others.

However, this only tells part of the story – as consumers are unwilling or not permitted to leave their homes, we expect an acceleration of the channel shift from bricks & mortar to e-Commerce. CHC sales in the Internet & Mail Order channel are forecast to increase by 22.5% in 2020. This will boost growth of the holistic “all channels” view of the market, which also includes CBD, to 5.0% in 2020 (an improvement on 4.3% in 2019). Internet & Mail Order is expected to account for 19.2% of the total CHC market within next decade, more than doubling its share from 9.4% currently. 

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Global CHC market up 3.9% in 2019

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Figures released by Nicholas Hall’s sales database DB6 show that in 2019 the global CHC market maintained its growth trajectory, increasing by 3.9%. Growth in USA improved, driven by a strong performance in CCA. Systemic cold & flu (+6.2%) performed particularly well, owing to higher incidence of pathologies.

Latin America was the best-performing region (+9.4%) with both Brazil and Mexico advancing by high single digits. Growth in Europe slowed to 2.6% with slight improvements in Germany, Italy and UK held back by decline in France and low growth in former powerhouse Russia. Asia-Pacific remained weak (+4.1%) with flat sales in Japan and Australia offsetting high single-digit growth in India. Leading APAC market China grew by 5.1%.

Analgesics was the fastest-growing category with a rise of 4.7%. VMS slowed to 3.5%, partly owing to a consumer shift to e-commerce. Derma (+3.1%) was the weakest category albeit with an improvement on its 2018 performance. 

Country

YE 2019 sales ($bn)

19/18%

USA

34.4

3.2

China

26.2

5.1

Japan

8.1

0.5

Germany

5.5

2.3

Russia

5.4

1.0

France

4.4

-1.2

Italy

4.2

3.0

Brazil

3.8

9.1

India

3.5

8.2

UK

3.0

3.0

GLOBAL CHC

141.5

3.9

The broader CHC market, encompassing all channels and CBD, increased by 4.3%. Direct sales declined owing to tighter regulations and negative consumer perception. Internet & Mail order slowed slightly as marketers adjusted to the inception of the E-commerce law in China (although still achieved growth of 12.4%). Meanwhile the nascent CBD market was the fastest-growing of all categories with sales up by 44.2%. 

Nicholas Hall’s Abroad Thoughts from Home: 2019 was somewhat disappointing, with growth of under 4% for the second year running. As before, our industry suffered from a lack of switches and the tailing off of expansion in the Emerging Markets, with weak results in Asia, although Brazil and India are notable bright spots.

All eyes will be on 2020 and the impact that Covid-19 will have on the CHC market. My colleague Celine Waller writes: “The DB6 team is currently reviewing early indications of market performance [some of which are reviewed in this week’s edition] and analysing to what extent the reported boost to immune supplements, paracetamol and antiseptics (among other categories) will be sustained throughout the year and whether it will be offset by a slowdown in other categories.”

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Global CHC market up 3.7% in MAT Q3 2019 period

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Figures released by Nicholas Hall’s sales database DB6 show that in the 12 months to end-September 2019 (MAT Q3 2019) the global CHC market increased by 3.7%, a slight improvement on its MAT Q2 2019 performance (+3.6%). Global CHC sales now total US$139.5bn.

USA maintained its growth rate (+2.7%) with slight improvements in CCA and analgesics being offset by slower performances in other major categories. Canada continued to perform poorly with sales up by just 1.9%, and the country has fallen to No. 12 position in the global rankings, behind Poland, which saw growth accelerate to 8.7%. Also contributing to an improved performance in Europe (+2.6%) were strong upturns for key markets Germany, UK and Italy, though Russia, France and Switzerland continued to decline.

Asia-Pacific remained weak (+4.0%) with China and India both slowing upon their MAT Q2 performances and all other leading Asian markets growing by under 3%. Japan reported consistent growth of 0.9%, while Australia (+1.8%) and South Korea (+2.2%) recorded modest upturns in Q3. Latin America (+9.1%) maintained its high growth trend with both Brazil and Mexico advancing by high single digits. Turkey also posted a strong performance (+18.0%), primarily driven by price inflation.

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Nicholas Hall’s Christmas Card: The global CHC market will struggle to reach 4% growth in 2019, at least in the Retail sector. By next March we will have 2019 data for all three channels, including Direct and Internet, and it will be interesting to see whether the industry matches the 5% growth achieved in 2018. Looking at the market very simply, there are three short-term drivers: a strong cold & flu season, and it does seem as though we will be sneezing a lot more in the months ahead; Rx-to-Switch, but 2019 is the second year of no significant switches, although Sanofi’s statement about Cialis and Tamiflu is welcome for the future; and the Emerging Markets, all growing significantly less than in the past as proved by our Q3 data.

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