A recent survey conducted by PulseConsultant in the month of May has shed light on the significant increase in downtrading among urban Pakistanis, attributed to the high inflation rate. The study surveyed more than 1,360 respondents across the top 12 cities of Pakistan.

The findings of the study reveal a notable shift in consumer behavior and attitude towards purchasing and consumption patterns in light of the current inflation wave. As prices continue to soar, many respondents have altered their buying preferences to cope with the economic challenges.

According to the study, 55 per cent of respondents reported that they have switched from expensive brands to more affordable ones. This percentage represents a considerable increase from the previous month of April, where the trend stood at 45 per cent. This shift highlights the growing financial strain faced by consumers, prompting them to seek cost-effective alternatives.


Moreover, the data indicates a decline in the phenomenon of purchasing the same brands but reducing the quantity. In April, 46 per cent of respondents claimed to be adopting this strategy, whereas in May, the number dropped significantly to 38 per cent, showing an 8 per cent decrease. This suggests that consumers are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their previous consumption habits.

In terms of monthly home purchases, the study reveals that 81 per cent of respondents reported a reduction in May, marking a 3 per cent increase compared to April when the figure was 78 per cent. This indicates that consumers are actively curtailing their household expenses in response to the inflationary pressures.

To gain a deeper understanding of consumer behavior and attitudes towards the current inflation wave, PulseConsultant invites individuals to join their syndicated research initiative. The study aims to gauge the impact of inflation on purchasing and consumption behaviors across 40+ categories, focusing on five parameters: consumption increase/decrease, brand switching, quantity reduction while retaining the brand, changing the stock keeping unit (SKU) while retaining the brand, and category consumption drop.

The research methodology involves face-to-face interviews with a sample size of 1,704 individuals across the top 17 cities in Pakistan. The gender distribution comprises 30 per cent males and 70 per cent females, while the age group considered is 22-55 years. The socioeconomic classes targeted range from SEC A-D. The research is scheduled to take place over a period of four weeks.

As inflation continues to affect the purchasing power of consumers in urban Pakistan, the study by PulseConsultant aims to shed light on the evolving trends and behaviors within the market. The findings will help businesses and policymakers make informed decisions to navigate the challenging economic landscape and cater to the changing needs of consumers.