Market research industry
Market research is the activity of gathering information about markets in which an organization sells their produces and/or services. This often includes detailed qualitative understandings of consumer attitudes and preferences through tools such interviews, surveys, and increasingly, big-data analytics. The leading market research company worldwide was U.S.-based IQVIA in 2021.
Slow growth in Europe
While growth in the United States has been significant, the revenue of the market research industry in Europe grew just slightly since 2014. Some analysts expect this poor performance to continue into the near future for two reasons. First is the short- and mid-term uncertainty created by Brexit, impacting the reliability of any market research conducted prior to the issue being resolved. Second is the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws in May 2018, which limit what companies are able to do with personal data. A majority of IT professionals in France, Germany and the UK agree the GDPR laws will prevent personal data being passed on to third parties, reducing the amount of data available to researchers in Europe compared to other regions.