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Access to credit, currency depreciation and changes in the government generally have not had a significant impact on corn and soybean farming in Brazil. Going forward, at least half of sources in each instance expect spending on nitrogen, phosphate, potash and farm equipment to remain flat compared to last year.
While sales of conventional bicycles were mixed in 3Q 2018 year-to-year, sales of e-bikes increased in all countries surveyed, and all expect the e-bike market to grow in the next 12 months – although opinions were mixed as to whether e-bikes are cannibalizing the sales of conventional bicycles or whether they represent a new segment.
New ships – as well as promotions, convenience and variety of destinations – are the main factors driving consumer demand, with current bookings for 2H 2018 and 2019 trips up vs. last year in the US and in most countries surveyed in Europe. Spain was the outlier, with mixed bookings.