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UK motorists' cost motivations delivering environmental bonus

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that for the first time ever, diesel-powered passenger cars accounted for over 50% of new vehicle registrations in the UK in July 2010; a trend that looks set to continue. While motorists' key motivation is cost, driven by lower diesel prices, there are also considerable environmental gains that come as welcome side effects.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK motorway service stations: quality improving through retailer alliances

A new report by UK motoring organization the AA claims that while UK motorway service stations are among the most expensive in Europe and suffer as a result of unmotivated staff and poor hygiene in eating areas and toilets, they are improving. This progress has largely come about through alliances with high street retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2007
Expert View
Expert View

UK MP calls for provider penalties on child pornography card purchases

A British MP has tabled a motion to fine debit and credit card providers if customers use their cards to purchase child pornography online. Prepaid cards have also been singled out due to their anonymous nature, which is claimed to facilitate these purchases. While the motion is unlikely to be passed, it highlights the mounting pressure on prepaid cards.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2010
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK mutual funds: asset management growth

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK mutuals: windfalls no longer in the bag for carpetbaggers

The attacks from carpetbaggers keep coming, but success in converting mutual organizations for the promise of windfalls is becoming increasingly elusive. Building societies are adopting tougher measures, and members are finding the issue tiresome. Especially when - as is likely - the new bill extends protection to other mutual institutions, carpetbaggers may finally have to accept defeat.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK new car sales: 2011 decline forecast as market conditions remain taxing

Last year's modest 1.8% increase in new car sales leaves a lot to be desired given the dismal year that the automotive industry had in 2009. Indeed, despite reaching the two million mark in 2010, new car registrations in the UK are still well below pre-recession levels, which stood at 2.4 million in 2007. Furthermore, vehicle manufacturers are also facing a market contraction in the year ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2011
Expert View
Expert View

UK nuclear energy: adrift on the commodity cycle

British Energy is only likely to produce 55TWh of power in the 2005/06 financial year, some 10TWh lower than what it has managed in the past, as reported reactor cracks have kept stations offline. Despite this, the company has announced that its EBITDA has more than doubled in the first half of 2006. So will a new generation of nuclear plants prove to be a financial winner for investors?

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK nuclear energy: at a crossroads

As recent events have illustrated, the UK nuclear industry is under pressure from all angles, with its future in jeopardy. Not only does it need government and investor support, but the industry has to sway public opinion and battle its own internal demons. Clearly, a constructive and pragmatic plan is needed to resurrect the nuclear debate from limbo.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK nuclear energy: set for a comeback soon?

A conference on nuclear energy in Paris has come out strongly in support of nuclear power as an important fuel source in the future, for both economic and environmental reasons. The UK government, which has so far done everything that it can to postpone the nuclear debate, will likely change its policy on nuclear power following the election later this year and allow further development.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK nuclear future buoyed by possible bid for Horizon

The Horizon Nuclear Power project, which plans to build two new UK nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey (called Wylfa B) and at Oldbury near Bristol, has received new impetus thanks to an intended bid by a French and Chinese joint venture.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2012

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