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BNP Paribas: aiming for the impossible

The French bank plans to launch the service in July 2002, targeting people with E250-750,000 to invest. A lack of dedicated competition will work in BNP's favor, but if it is to be a success the group will have to achieve the near impossible, combining high service levels with low prices. It might just surprise the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2001
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BNFL: the strangest privatization yet

Later in the decade, the UK government might try to privatize BNFL, the part of Britain's nuclear industry that remains government-owned. It is very unlikely that such a privatization would generate sufficient investor interest, given the recent woes of British Energy shareholders. However, certain parts of the company could viably be spun off.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2002
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BMW: the Mini goes stateside

The German carmaker hopes that the US will be the Mini's largest export market. The iconic car is the smallest to go on sale in the North American market, but with BMW's track record, it should be at least a minor sales success. Whether it is profitable, however, remains to be seen.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2002
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BMW: staying strong

The BMW Group fulfilled its expectations of improved vehicle sales in 2004, with BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce all generating growth. Despite adverse conditions in the automotive industry, revenues increased to E42.5 million at its core automobile division. The automaker was helped by its luxury image among consumers but will hope for a less turbulent 2005.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2005
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BMW: stable outlook

BMW's only earnings forecast for 2003 is that it will attempt to generate a profit level equivalent to that of 2002. The company is releasing more new models than ever before and high development costs, combined with widespread geopolitical and economic uncertainty, are hampering attempts to increase profits.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2003
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BMW: spearheading the use of lightweight carbon fiber

BMW is to use carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic to manufacture the body of its forthcoming Megacity electric car. The material is expected to reduce the car's weight by 250-350kg, thereby significantly increasing its driving range, which was previously a major resistor to the uptake of electric/hybrid cars. This should lead to a rise in adoption rates, especially in the luxury segment.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2010
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BMW: not just a mini success

BMW continues to outperform the market, with a never-ending increase in new car sales, most of which attract margins that are the envy of many of its competitors. So far, the company appears immune to the slowdown that is overtaking the market. But as its competitors suffer weakening sales, BMW must maintain its run of hit cars to stay ahead of the field.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2002
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BMW: new models maintain the momentum

BMW [BMW.F] is continuing with its biggest ever new model introduction by unveiling several new products at the Frankfurt Motorshow. Despite the investment needed to develop and launch these products, together with an expansion drive into the Asian market, the company is still expected match last year's profits.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2003
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BMW: mini model, not mini profit

The Mini, BMW's new entry model, has helped the German luxury carmaker remain profitable despite difficult market conditions. Further new model launches, though increasing the company's costs, should continue the trend that BMW is bucking the market.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2002
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BMW: it's a Mini expansion!

BMW [BMW.F] will increase its investment at its Mini plant in Oxford as sales continue to increase. This goldmine brand has become a major part of the manufacturer's expansion strategy, having exceeded all expectations. The Mini brand could well prove to be the perfect advertising tool for the whole BMW marque.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2004

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