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Zurich sets ambitious SME target

With its new e-trading broker platform Zurich's declared intention is to take a 10% share of the SME market. However, it has a number of challenges to overcome first.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2014
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LevelUp's iBeacon support a strong first step

LevelUp's move to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology into its service offering highlights a growing trend among payment technology providers looking to promote the use of BLE technology and location-based offers among merchants.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2014
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P2P payments a big boost for SnapChat

SnapChat's trademark filings signal the company is looking to facilitate fund transfers via its instant messaging service. SnapChat is tapping into the rising popularity of mobile payment services ahead of competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2014
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Wonga aiming for lower profits?

After much criticism, Wonga has finally shown willingness to amend its business practices in a bid to step away from its position as the industry's punching bag. And the changes are coming from Wonga rather than being enforced by regulators.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2014
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Easy-to-use sun care heats up the global market

According to Cancer Research, 13,348 people in the UK alone were diagnosed with malignant melanoma skin cancer during 2011, and since then there have been 2,209 recorded deaths from the disease; experts point to sun exposure as the most common cause. Increasing awareness of this issue will continue to drive the market, with multifunctional and easy-to-apply products being areas to watch.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2014
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China: the new Eldorado for foreign cheese-makers

Despite the 2008 scandal when tainted melamine was found in milk and infant formula, China's dairy imports are expected to see growth of over 20% in 2014, led by milk. In particular, processed cheese has gained momentum and its consumption has expanded over the recent past as Chinese consumers develop an appetite for Western flavors, leaving untapped opportunities for foreign producers.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2014
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Ageas riding high in motorcycle insurance

In recent years Ageas has fought hard to sit at the forefront of motorcycle insurance, and is currently hot on the heels of the market's largest underwriter Aviva. Yet it will require a dogged effort from Ageas to make this niche segment, which hasn't grown in recent years, work for it.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2014
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Westpac branches have high-value potential

As its competitors have continued to slash branch numbers, Westpac maintains its extensive bank network. Yet a shift in product focus might provide Westpac with the return on investment that other banks are shunning.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2014
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Renewable the star player in Italy

Solar and wind power are set to become key contributors to Italy's power generation capabilities. The country is one of the key success stories for the renewable energy market: currently, more than 20% of its electricity emanates from renewable energy sources, and this is set to increase to 30% by 2030.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2014
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Barclays mimics Apple with roaming cashiers

The rapid take-up of digital services by the smartphone generation has led banks to consider how to adapt to the changing role of the branch. Barclays UK is removing its branch counters, leaving cashiers to roam around clutching tablets.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2014

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