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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new deodorant that may be smarter than you are

New ClickStick electric deodorant is the world's first "smart deodorant." Dispensing gel deodorant with the click of a button, ClickStick has a mobile app that calculates the right amount of deodorant needed - based on your personal needs and activity level - and offers a way to order refills. New in the US, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2014
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Desire for reward and luxury protects premium food and drink sales from Japanese tax increase

Japan has seen negative GDP growth for two consecutive quarters after the state consumption tax increased from 5% to 8% in April 2014, indicating a recession. The tax has no exceptions by product/service category, so the FMCG market has been affected. Despite the slowdown, a keyword that has emerged is "premium," with sales of such products showing resilience and in some cases growth.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2014
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Nuclear and hydro will remain key to Sweden's energy future

Sweden's domestic energy production is one of the most carbon-friendly in the world. Conventional thermal energy accounts for only 2% of its energy production, while 98% comes from renewable energy, hydro, and nuclear power sources as of 2014. Hydro and nuclear power will produce 133.5TWh of energy by the end of 2014.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2014
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The rapid rise of the beauty advent calendar

Traditionally, advent calendars have been associated with the confectionery space and have often been targeted at younger consumers. However, this concept is expanding as innovation concepts traditionally found in food and drink migrate into the personal care space. Advent calendars within the beauty space are now gaining rapid traction as a seasonal "must-have" for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2014
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Consumers taking the Direct Line for home insurance

Direct Line has emerged as the most commonly selected brand among UK consumers purchasing combined home insurance, in a market where premium pricing remains highly competitive and switching has soared.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2014
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Russian HNW hungry for property

As economic conditions worsen, Russian HNW clients are requiring more than traditional investment knowledge from their wealth managers. Credit, mortgage, and property support is becoming increasingly important as a safe means of investing wealth.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2014
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PLA Innovation of the Week: frozen yogurt that is eaten like a grape and will not melt in your hands

Frozen yogurt makes a challenging on-the-go snack since it can melt quickly and be messy to eat - even in frozen novelty form. But new Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls changes that because this frozen yogurt comes in grape-like "pearls" that encase it in an edible protective skin. New in the US, this product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2014
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Czech Republic's power generation heading atomic

Nuclear power will make up nearly 53% of the Czech Republic's power generation by 2030, increasing from 26.6TWh in 2013 to 45.6TWh by 2030. Two new nuclear power plants - Temelin 3 and 4 - are anticipated to come online in 2026 and 2028, each with 1,200MW of capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2014
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Microsoft cautiously taps digital currency opportunity

Microsoft's move to accept Bitcoin payments is a proactive endeavor to tap into the growing awareness of digital currencies. However, for a number of reasons it is unlikely that such payment options will become widely used in the near term.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2014
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France to become Europe's biggest energy exporter

France will become the biggest net exporter of electricity in Europe over the next 17 years. It is projected to supply nearly 910TWh of power to surrounding countries, averaging 53.2TWh per year.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Dec 2014

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