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UK fund supermarkets: consolidation imminent

The popularity of investing has led new players to set up fund supermarkets, but the UK market will prove unable to sustain all current players. There will be significant changes, including a period of consolidation and a change of focus for some fund supermarkets as the B2B channel becomes the top revenue source.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2001
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK gaming: PC software's importance will decline to 2005

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2002
Expert View
Expert View

UK garden center market: recession providing fertile ground for growth

Dobbies' recent announcement that total sales in the 2008 financial year grew by 12% is a reflection of the fact that garden centers are benefiting from consumers becoming increasingly prudent with their spending. The results and the trend that they reflect point to a favorable outlook in both the short and long term for garden centers if they can differentiate themselves as specialists.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2009
Expert View
Expert View

UK gas consumers yet to suffer fully as suppliers feel the heat

Every time you check your electricity or gas bill these days it seems like it has gone through the roof. With increases in tariffs of up to 22% for British Gas customers in March 2006, following hard on the heels of increases at the start of the winter, consumers could be forgiven for thinking that energy suppliers are cashing in on these high prices.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2006
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Expert View

UK Gas Generation Strategy fails to reassure investors

In December 2012 the UK government published its Gas Generation Strategy to provide reassurance to investors in new gas generation, of which 26GW could be required by 2030 and 9GW by 2020 to replace aging gas and nuclear capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2013
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Expert View

UK Gas Generation Strategy fails to reassure investors, part two

On February 13, 2013 the UK House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee heard witnesses discuss whether the government's Gas Generation Strategy has provided any certainty to investors. Datamonitor has already cited the lack of clarity perceived by industry and wider stakeholders, and now provides further comment on the issues addressed in the session, including CCS, CHP, and biogas.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2013
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UK gas grid tested by weather extremes

The first few weeks of 2010 saw the UK gas grid come under intense pressure, as unusually cold temperatures drove demand well above seasonal norms. The situation was worsened by outages in North Sea supply and constraints in the gas grid, which culminated in spiking wholesale prices and the interruption of supply to nearly 100 industrial users.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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Expert View

UK gas prices: Select Committee report leaves many questions unanswered

The TISC report into the wholesale gas price spikes seen in late 2004 is to be commended for partly addressing the reasons for the price spikes and highlighting the imperfections in the UK market. However, imperfect markets create scope for manipulation and as such Datamonitor believes that if excessive and unjustified spikes are repeated, a full Competition Commission enquiry is called for.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas storage: future projects in desperate need of a coherent strategy

Meeting the UK's future energy needs is reliant on formulating a plan to tackle supply-side fundamentals in the gas market. Although regulation, government policy and the squeeze on credit have created a difficult environment for upstream gas investment, a long-term strategy with an integrated and pragmatic approach will be essential if the UK is to meet its future energy needs.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas supply: Centrica is hitting retailers, even as they raise tariffs

With ScottishPower increasing gas prices by 12%, it is evident that Centrica's decision to trade retail margin for market share places the other gas retailers in a difficult position. These retailers' margins are dictated by Centrica's tariff, against which they discount, and so any hit on retail margins by Centrica will have a negative affect overall.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Oct 2005

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