Playing Cards Market in the European Union
In value terms, playing cards production fell slightly to $ in estimated in export price. In general, production, however, recorded a slight curtailment. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2017 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, production attained the maximum level at $ in 2007; however, from 2008 to , production stood at a somewhat lower figure.
Belgium ( tons) remains the largest playing cards producing country in the European Union, accounting for % of total volume. Moreover, playing cards production in Belgium exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest producer, Italy ( tons), fourfold. Poland ( tons) ranked third in terms of total production with a % share.
From 2007 to , the average annual rate of growth in terms of volume in Belgium amounted to +%. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Italy (+% per year) and Poland (+% per year).
The value of the playing cards market in the European Union surged to $ in , growing by % against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). The total consumption indicated a pronounced increase from 2007 to : its value increased at an average annual rate of +% over the last fourteen years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on figures, consumption increased by +% against 2016 indices. As a result, consumption attained the peak level and is likely to continue growth in the immediate term.
From 2007 to , the most notable rate of growth in terms of consumption, amongst the main consuming countries, was attained by Belgium (with a CAGR of +%), while consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In value terms, Germany ($), France ($) and Italy ($) constituted the countries with the highest levels of market value in , with a combined % share of the total market. Belgium, Spain, Poland, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the Netherlands lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further %.
Among the main consuming countries, Belgium, with a CAGR of +%, saw the highest growth rate of market size, over the period under review, while market for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In , the highest levels of playing cards per capita consumption was registered in Ireland ( kg per persons), followed by Belgium ( kg per persons), the Czech Republic ( kg per persons) and Denmark ( kg per persons), while the world average per capita consumption of playing cards was estimated at kg per persons.
In Ireland, playing cards per capita consumption expanded at an average annual rate of +% over the period from 2007-. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual rates of per capita consumption growth: Belgium (+% per year) and the Czech Republic (+% per year).