Consumer trends

Solid economy gives Filipinos taste for finer things

A home appliance store in Makati shows off a Panasonic refrigerator.

MINORU SATAKE, Nikkei staff writer

MANILA -- The consumer market in the Philippines is becoming more robust and vibrant as economic growth swells the ranks of the middle class. The Southeast Asian country's per capita gross domestic product is expected to exceed $3,000 this year, raising expectations for stronger demand for big-t...