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UK grocery sector: who best serves consumers?

The Office of Fair Trading has announced that it is to refer Britain's GBP95 billion a year grocery sector to the Competition Commission for a full investigation. Verdict chairman Richard Hyman argues that the referral raises a fundamental question about control of retail distribution - who decides; the market or the state?

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK grocery: Asda and Tesco fire starting pistols in new price war

With mounting evidence that consumers are changing their shopping patterns to reduce living costs, two of Britain's leading grocers, Asda and Tesco, have launched high profile price campaigns to boost market share. The timely initiative should help these leading supermarkets to defend their positions and encourage higher spending on non-food items.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK haulage: trouble on the highways

Figures released this week show that the UK international road haulage industry is in crisis. It is unable to cope with competition from low cost foreign haulers. With an increase in fuel tax expected in the annual Budget, this imbalance is likely to widen, leading to a swathe of job losses and company failures.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2002
Expert View
Expert View

UK Health and Beauty: grocers widening their lead as sector consolidates

The UK's grocery retailers are widening their lead in yet another non-food market; health and beauty. In 2005 health and beauty expenditure through grocers was GBP800 million more than through specialists. According to Verdict Research, over the next five years grocers will gain a 50% share of the total health and beauty market, a fact the specialists should be taking seriously.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK health: childhood obesity epidemic feared

A government report published this week reveals that childhood obesity in the UK has tripled in the last 20 years and calls for urgent steps to be taken. The committee is right to advocate the establishment of a high level government committee to tackle obesity, annual BMI tests for children, and a ban on junk food advertising in a bid to address the issue.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK healthcare: encouraging patient empowerment

Published By Datamonitor
06 Apr 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK healthcare: NHS changes will have an impact - eventually

The grossly underfunded NHS is finally receiving some help. The additional funds will be used for modernization, financial incentives, paying debts, and increasing staff - all necessary steps to improve patient care. While this budget increase is only the first step in a 20-year program, any rise in NHS funding is good news for staff, patients - and medical device companies.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK healthy eating: regulator's warning is hard to swallow

The food industry has been rocked by the news that plans to conform to the seven point "health manifesto" could be in breach of competition laws. The news further demonstrates the sensitivity surrounding responsible food marketing and will no doubt frustrate numerous parties who must work together to find a prompt solution.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2004
Expert View
Expert View

UK hedge funds market requires education as well as regulatory change if it is to succeed

The FSA is reviewing the ban on the marketing of hedge funds directly to investors in the UK. If this ban is lifted, the UK hedge fund market will open up to a greater number of individuals, beyond the very wealthy who currently dominate. However, regulatory change is only the first step. Progress towards a well-functioning retail market for hedge funds requires enhanced product knowledge.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2008
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK high net worths: population to grow at 8% per annum to 2007

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2004

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