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Coles to strike gold in personal loans

Australian supermarket Coles is planning to include personal loans within its financial range as of 2015, alongside its insurance and credit card offerings. With its strong brand and huge customer base, Coles should be a formidable competitor.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2014
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Australian parliament approves carbon tax cut

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has finally actioned his election promise to cut the country's carbon tax imposed by the previous Labor government in 2012. Yet the tax repeal seems counterproductive to Australia's commitment to cutting its carbon emissions by 5% from 2000 levels by 2020, and could potentially lead to an insurmountable challenge in six years' time.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2014
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Private label: untapped opportunities for the Brazilian dairy market

Brazil is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, and its high consumption of dairy products should be supported to continue this performance. Branded domination means that there is an opportunity for domestic and foreign stores to launch their own private labels, which can be more competitive on price. This move will only be successful, however, if quality and innovation are high.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2014
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Insurance distribution changing in Europe

Price comparison sites have changed the way consumers research and buy insurance products in the UK, and a similar pattern is underway across Europe. This will mainly affect tied agents, who will need to adapt or miss out.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2014
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The expansion of frozen yogurt franchises

Frozen yogurt franchises are spreading worldwide. This trend began in the US, where two young men opened a store in 2005, called Pinkberry. This company now has almost 250 stores and is present in 19 countries on four continents. It spread to the UK, and frozen yogurt bars are now expanding across the country, with names such as Yoomoo, Tutti Frutti, Samba Swirl, Moosh, Yogland Yuforia, and Snog.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2014
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UK smart meters will soon be indispensable

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that 98,600 smart meters were installed in households in the first quarter of 2014, a marginal increase from the 95,300 installed in Q4 2013. It is likely that we will see more than 100,000 installations in the second quarter of 2014 to take the total number of smart meters in UK domestic properties to approximately 450,000.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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Switzerland still key for wealth managers?

Leumi's recent sale of its Swiss operations casts doubt on the need to have a wealth presence in Switzerland. With secrecy eroding and compliance costs rising, the wealth hub is losing its prestigious appeal.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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Metro Bank shifts customer expectations

Metro Bank is demonstrating how it uses customer demand to drive innovation. Its newly launched mobile app enables its customers to relax in the event of a lost or stolen card. The move will also lead to an overall shift in consumer demand.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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Digital vital to capturing youth market

A digital strategy is essential to making inroads into the youth market. Banks need to focus on using new communication channels and social media to engage with teenagers.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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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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