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Ofgem shines spotlight on energy brokers

As part of its Retail Market Review, Ofgem has criticized the terms on which energy is supplied to the business sector. Potential reforms may include a ban on rollover contracts and making contract information much more transparent for business customers. While critics argue that this will erode the profits of utilities and brokers, it is likely to be beneficial for businesses.

Published By Datamonitor
31 May 2011
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Price comparison websites: improving utility market transparency and competition

A growing number of price comparison websites are allowing consumers to compare relevant tariffs from numerous energy suppliers. Their role in some cases has expanded to allowing consumers to switch supplier. In addition, customer satisfaction survey results such as those from uSwitch are augmenting the role that these websites play in increasing market transparency and customer switching rates.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2010
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Profits are up at Diageo

Diageo's organic sales and profits increased by 2% in the 2010 fiscal year, driven by the growth of its key premium, super/ultra-premium and reserve brands. Despite the economic uncertainty, Diageo is confident about the future, predicting even stronger results in the coming year.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2010
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Game Group: had the gain, now for the pain

Fears of a major slump in the previously buoyant video games market have been realized by a trading update from market leader Game Group. The highly cyclical nature of the sector has been highlighted by the dual release of Game's figures for the 53 weeks to January 31, 2009, in which total UK and Ireland sales were up 25.7%, and for the 11 weeks to April 18, 2009, in which they were down 2.4%.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
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Morrison: strategic business review

Morrison has announced the details of its long-awaited strategic review. With Safeway fully integrated and its optimization underway, Morrison can now focus on rebuilding its profitability further and delivering a platform for sustainable sales growth. The retailer's new strategy is sound, but catching up ground lost to rivals remains the short term challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2007
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Alexon: giving itself the boot?

Alexon has lost half of its market value since April, meaning it could be ripe for a takeover bid. Alexon is believed to want a full company sale, but the limited synergies between the footwear and fashion arms of the business is likely to result in the business being split anyway.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2006
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Oral Mucositis: Amgen's Palifermin a potential treatment

Oral mucositis is a common and debilitating side effect of cancer therapies that threatens the successful treatment of 600,000 people worldwide. Inexpensive treatments can sometimes alleviate mucositis, but a truly effective treatment has yet to be launched. With Palifermin already in phase III trials, Amgen is already planning on filling this void. This outcome however, is less than certain.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Sep 2003
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Green energy: White Paper turns consumers red

Renewable energy development in the UK currently looks to be too slow to meet government targets. Industry support seems insufficient, but there will also be another hurdle from the public. UK consumers have so far shown little interest in environmentally friendly energy and may be unhappy about the increased costs.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2003
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Vitamin-enhanced beer: happy to be unhealthy

Consumers are used to their food being manipulated to make it healthier: fat is removed, vitamins and minerals added. But that does not mean they are complacent, and certainly not willing to forgo freedom of choice. The furor stirred up by Scotland's plans for vitamin-enhanced beer demonstrates just how swift and forthright the opposition to ill-judged ideas can be.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2002
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Procter & Gamble: pets eat 'on the hoof'

Just like their owners, it seems that pets like to eat 'on the hoof'. Procter & Gamble, which owns the Iams dog and cat foods, is licensing US travel meals to make travel packs of convenience cat and dog foods. The development highlights that the impact of consumer trends can reach far beyond where you might expect.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Aug 2002

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