Australia’s 12 million public transport users face a COVID19 dilemma – get back on the train or drive to work?

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 29-May-20

Research by Roy Morgan shows that over 12 million Australians aged 14+ (58%) use public transport in an average three months. Trains are the most popular form of public transport, used by 9.2 million (44%), ahead of buses (used by 8 million, or 38%) and trams (used by 3.4 million, or 16%). The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months has raised new questions about the safety of mass transit systems as Australians start returning to a more normal work-life experience as restrictions are gradually eased. Usage of public transport is fairly similar for both women (56%) and men (59%). Analysis by generation shows a clear correlation between age and how likely someone is to use public transport, with 3.4 million Australians in the youngest generation, Gen Z (72%), using public transport. Over 3 million Millennials (60%) use public transport, compared with 2.6 million in Gen X (53%), 2.3 million Baby Boomers (51%) and 770,000 Pre-Boomers (42%).

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Potato chips and corn chips the snack foods of choice for parents during lockdown

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 19-May-20

New snack food and confectionery data from Roy Morgan shows that potato chips and corn chips are the most popular snack of Australian parents as a group. Next comes savoury biscuits and crackers, chocolate blocks, chocolate bars, and lollies and sweets. However, there is a salty/sweet preference split depending on the age of the children in the family. The group with the highest proportion of potato chip and corn chip buyers was parents with children aged 12-17, with 64% purchasing these snacks in an average four weeks and 27% buying these more than three times a week. This group also led the savoury biscuits and crackers category (51%). Sweeter snacks are different. Chocolate blocks are most frequently bought by parents of children aged 6-11 (43%), as are chocolate bars (39%). Parents of children aged 0-5 led the lollies and sweets category (34%). The snack food consumption data is taken from Roy Morgan Single Source, compiled by in-depth interviews with over 1,000 Australians each week.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Australians continue to drink less alcohol

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 19-May-20

New data from Roy Morgan’s Alcohol Consumption Report shows that 66.3% of Australians aged 18+ (13,073,000) consumed alcohol in an average four-week period in the year to March 2020, down from 67.5% (13,102,000) a year ago. Spirits was the only alcohol category whose consumption increased year-on-year, rising from 26.3% of Australians aged 18+ to 28.7%. Wine drinking decreased from 42.8% of the adult population to 41.0%, beer fell from 38.2% to 37.6% and cider dropped from 11.4% to 10.7%. Meanwhile, 65.4% of Australian drinkers agree that they ‘drink alcohol mostly at home’, with a greater proportion of men (67.3%) than women (63.5%) agreeing. Across age groups, it is drinkers aged 65+ who are most likely to agree that they ‘drink alcohol mostly at home’ (71.8%). They are followed by those aged 50-64 (70%), then 35-49 (67.2%), 25-34 (59.3%) and 18-24 (49.2%). The findings are from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth interviews with 50,000 Australians each year.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

News Corp set to gain increased visibility with over 4.8 million Chemist Warehouse customers

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 18-May-20

New research from Roy Morgan shows that 11.4 million Australians in NSW, Victoria, Queensland or South Australia either read one of the print editions of the local News Corp metropolitan daily newspapers or were customers of Chemist Warehouse during the March quarter. News Corp and Chemist Warehouse recently announced a trial to sell the media company’s four leading metro dailies at 100 Chemist Warehouse stores over the next few months. Analysing the two separately shows that 6.6 million Australians currently read one of the News Corp metropolitan dailies in print in an average four weeks and almost 7.2 million in NSW, Victoria, Queensland or South Australia shop at Chemist Warehouse in an average four weeks. Of the 11.4 million who either read print editions of the News Corp dailies or shop at Chemist Warehouse 4.82 million (42%) only shop at Chemist Warehouse. A further 21%, or 2.35 million, read one of the print editions of the News Corp metropolitan dailies and shop at Chemist Warehouse, while 4.23 million (37%) only read a print edition of one of the News Corp metropolitan dailies. The findings are from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth interviews with 50,000 Australians each year.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, CHEMIST WAREHOUSE

Apple Pay drives contactless mobile payment increase; older Australians might need a nudge

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 13-May-20

Data from the Roy Morgan Digital Payments Report shows a sharp increase in use of non-bank contactless mobile payment services compared to a year ago. A total of 10.8% of Australians now use non-bank contactless mobile payment services such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, up from 7.1% a year ago. Apple Pay is now used by 6.5% of Australians (up from 4.1%) and Google Pay is now used by 4.1% (up from 3.6%). Samsung Pay is unchanged at 1%. Analysis using Roy Morgan’s Helix Personas shows that Metrotechs are the most likely to use non-bank contactless mobile payment services, with 16.9% of people in this community using either Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay. These digital payment findings are from Roy Morgan Single Source, Australia’s leading consumer survey, compiled by comprehensive interviews with a sample of over 1,000 Australians each week.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, APPLE PAY, GOOGLE PAY, SAMSUNG PAY

Panic buying could put GDP in positive territory for March

Original article by Matthew Cranston, Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 23-Apr-20

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that retail turnover increased by 8.2 per cent in March, driven by panic buying in response to the coronavirus. Sales of canned food, medicinal products and cleaning goods were particularly strong in March, with turnover rising by 50 per cent month-on-month. Josh Williamson of Citigroup warns that retail turnover is likely to fall sharply in April, due to the impact of lockdowns and social distancing rules. David Plank of the ANZ Bank says the sales boost in March could potentially result positive GDP growth for the first quarter of 2020.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS AND SCIENCES, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

It’s official: Online sources overtake TV as main source of news – for 59% of Gen Z social media is their main choice of news

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 22-Apr-20

New research from Roy Morgan shows that the internet has overtaken TV as the main place Australians turn for their news. Some 12.7 million Australians (60.6%, up 2.8ppts since mid-2018) now use the internet for news. This includes social media (37.6%); news or newspaper websites or apps (29.2%) and news feed sites (16.3%). TV is now used by 12.4 million Australians (59.5%) as their main source of news, down more than 6ppts from 65.6% in June 2018. This comprises free-to-air TV (56.4%, down 5.9ppts) and Pay TV (8.3%). Meanwhile, around 80% of Baby Boomers and Pre-Boomers say free-to-air TV is a main source of news for them, and nearly two-thirds of Generation X (64%) nominate free-to-air TV as a main news source. However, the popularity of free-to-air TV drops away significantly for younger generations. Only 40% of Millennials and 36% of Generation Z say free-to-air TV is a main source of news. In contrast to the older generations, both Millennials (77%) and Generation Z (74%) are more likely to say the internet is a main source of news, ahead of other forms of media.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Inner city Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are the hot spots for meal delivery services UberEATs, Menulog & HelloFresh

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 22-Apr-20

New Roy Morgan research shows that Inner City Melbourne residents (40%) are the Australians most likely to use meal delivery services, just ahead of those in Central Sydney (39%), followed by Central Perth (31%). Other regions with high use of these services include Northern Melbourne (with suburbs such as Preston, Northcote and Coburg), Middle Southern & Eastern Melbourne (including Hawthorn, Malvern, Sandringham and Brighton) and South-West Perth (including Fremantle and Coogee). The data covers the 12 months to March 2020. Overall, around one in five Australians (19%) now use meal delivery services in an average three months, with the top four services – UberEATS, Menulog, HelloFresh and Deliveroo – all growing their market share over the past year. More than a third of Australians living in shared households, and more than a fifth of single parents and young people living with their parents, now use meal delivery services. In contrast, only a tenth of those who live alone use these services. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says that even before the COVID-19 pandemic more Australians than ever before were turning to meal delivery services.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

TV networks brace for potential 30 per cent fall in ad revenues despite rising viewership

Original article by Rod Myer
The New Daily – Page: Online : 21-Apr-20

The coronavirus lockdown has prompted a spike in ratings for TV news bulletins as Australians seek information on the pandemic. Think TV CEO Kim Portrate says there has been strong growth in audiences for traditional linear TV, broadcast video-on-demand and subscription video-on-demand services. However, TV networks’ revenue is being hit by a sharp fall in bookings from advertisers; Jane Ratcliffe from Standard Media Index estimates that ad revenue could fall by 25-30 per cent in April.

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THINK TV, SMI MEDIA INCORPORATED

How newsrooms are adapting to report the COVID-19 crisis

Original article by Max Mason, Natasha Gillezeau
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 33 : 23-Mar-20

Australia’s media industry has responded to the coronavirus pandemic by implementing measures to protect staff and reduce the infection’s spread. This includes working from home, splitting staff into several rotating teams and using technologies such as video conferencing. Meanwhile, consumers are turning to trusted sources of information about the virus, with news and current affairs shows dominating the list of the 20 highest-rating TV programs in the last week. The websites of traditional newspaper publishers have also experienced a spike in traffic, while Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor says the online-only publisher’s site had record traffic every day during the last week.

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NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, THE GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA, JUNKEE MEDIA PTY LTD