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Basic consolidates after a tough year

With annual sales just about holding up, organics retailer Basic's margins have come under pressure. As a consequence, expansion plans have been put on hold, and the company has announced job cuts, reducing its staff headcount from 850 to 780. The outlook is bleak as even the buoyant organic sector will not prove completely immune to the expected downturn in consumer expenditure.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Basic bank accounts: targeting the unbanked

Reports in the Guardian newspaper suggest that the Treasury will use its forthcoming pre-budget report to target banks on their ability to reduce the number of so called 'unbanked' consumers. However, while this measure is designed to limit financial exclusion, it is unlikely that this alone will provide an adequate solution to the problem of the unbanked population in the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Basic bank accounts: not too easy for those in need

From April 2003 the government plans to pay benefits directly into recipients' bank accounts - so benefit claimants who do not have a bank account set one, need one as soon as possible. However, research by the Banking Code Standards Board (BCSB) finds that doing so isn't as easy as it could be. Claimants should consider opening Post Office Card Accounts instead.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2002
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Basic accounts should be offered by all

The European Commission has recently proposed that bank accounts be made cheaper, more transparent, and accessible to all. However, only one bank per territory will be required to provide a basic bank account open to any customer. The proposal must go further to demand that all banks offer this product, in order to provide greater consumer choice and spread the risk of taking on the unbanked.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

BASF: not high on chemicals

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

BASF: farewell to pharma

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2000
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Basel II: European spending will peak in 2005

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barry Callebaut: tooth friendly chocolate could sweeten market

Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut has developed a tooth friendly chocolate which is being marketed in two new Belgian chocolate bars. While the chocolate could be a success with parents concerned about the negative impact of conventional chocolate on their children's teeth, there could still be concerns about how fattening the chocolate is.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barry Callebaut: double chocolate

The Swiss company is moving into consumer chocolate manufacturing by buying Stollwerck, Germany's third largest manufacturer. The country is the second largest market for chocolate in Europe, but competition is hard and only slow market growth is expected. On the plus side, the deal should bring real cost savings

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barr: Wyeth buy builds branded business

Barr is trying hard to diversify beyond generics roots, adding branded medicines to its portfolio. But while buying some of Wyeth's cast-offs is a cheap and effective way of speeding this transition, Barr must be careful not to become dependent on this growth strategy. Rather, it needs to create a strong long-term partnership network.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2002

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