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Wide MFNs should be scrapped

Wide "Most Favored Nation" (MFN) clauses restrict competition between aggregators and act as a barrier to entry - they should be banned.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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Gas-fired generation profit outlook provides little hope for European utilities

Datamonitor Energy's review of generation costs and wholesale power price expectations to 2020 highlights the challenges facing European utilities. In light of this, RWE's recent impairment announcement of EUR3.3bn is likely to herald similar moves by other utilities with exposure to conventional generation.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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EU emissions reduction targets still too low

New guidelines for emissions reductions across the EU have been applauded for their simplicity, but criticized by climate bodies for their short-sightedness.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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Middle Eastern multimillionaires to increase by 45%

Middle Eastern wealth markets, driven by stubbornly high oil prices and the stabilization of the world economy, are expected to continue booming. As a result, the number of individuals with $10m+ will increase by 45% between 2013 and 2017.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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UK banks launch new way of paying

Zapp could finally get mainstream consumers paying with their phones by making it convenient and secure to shop online via their mobile.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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Wealth managers finally getting social

After a slow initial take-up wealth managers are catching on to the idea of social media, with significantly more client contact taking place via this communication channel in 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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Young drivers win big through telematics

Motor insurance premiums continue to fall, with younger drivers particularly benefiting from the savings afforded by the use of telematics.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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Packaging Innovation of the Month: start your day the squeezy way

Tate & Lyle's Golden Syrup Breakfast Tottle builds on recent moves into more convenient formats, such as pouring bottles, and has created a distinctive new pack for the brand. The injection stretch blow molded PET tottle is short and dumpy, and arch-shaped to evoke the Lyle's Golden Syrup branding banner, while its clarity shows off the product's attractive color.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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Loyalty to go card-linked in 2014

The payment card loyalty market is saturated, and banks' resources stretched in offering competitive rewards packages. Providers cannot profitably offer more, but they can provide better offers through use of data and card-linked marketing.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new perfume for women inspired by a white wine grape

Wine and perfume have lots in common, especially since wine is often described in fragrance terms. Now, wine is the inspiration for an unusual new product - Vinas del Vero's Coleccion Perfume de Gewurztraminer - said to transform white wine flavors into a delicate new fragrance for women. New in Spain, this product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014

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