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Italy and Spain to see further strong growth in out-of-town retail

Despite the credit crunch, significant opportunities for retail development in the European out-of-town arena remain, with potential for rapid growth in the Mediterranean countries. Going forward, these opportunities will become harder to find. In the south, prime locations get snapped up, while in the north, the focus will be on redeveloping older sites and making existing space work harder.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2008
Expert View
Expert View

Volatility in global commodities markets drives spend in risk management IT

Analysts expect that increased volatility in commodities markets globally will drive spend in risk management IT. However, commodities present their own unique characteristics that must be observed, making it fundamental for IT vendors looking to capitalize on the opportunity to have a full understanding and appreciation of the underlying physical market and of their potential client's business.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Sara Lee: extending ethical coffee business offers recession resistance

Sara Lee Corporation has announced a significant expansion in its ethically certified coffee business for 2009. This positive strategy contrasts the recent downward revision in its full year forecasts and expectations of harsh conditions ahead. Ethical products arguably possess a degree of recession resistance, offering Sara Lee a potential source of value-added sales in an otherwise tight market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Diageo: providing renewable energy for Scottish distillery

In an effort to cut carbon emissions, the alcoholic beverages company Diageo has begun work on a bioenergy plant to supply its Cameronbridge distillery with a source of renewable energy. Previous work through responsible drinking campaigns has already helped Diageo's public image, and it must continue to promote this in order to retain the favor of consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Tesco and Comet: plugging the electric fuel gap

Supermarket giant Tesco and UK electricals retailer Comet plan to establish a network of electric car charging points on their London retail sites. Although the current supply of electric vehicles is limited, sector investment and government backing mean that retailers will eventually pose a viable threat to 'big oil' in city locations.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Sara Lee: saves pounds by losing less than an inch

Sara Lee, a provider of consumer goods, has announced a small reduction in packaging size, shrinking the plastic tub that contains one of its products by less than a quarter of an inch. While this may seem like a minor change, it and others like it could bring about a great difference in making the firm's packaging more sustainable.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Tesco's 'mixed-use' developments are not all bad, but the company must do more

Previously announced plans by Tesco to build homes and other facilities near four of its stores have come under the spotlight after financial commentators warned that the move would make the retailer too powerful. Prioritizing environmental credentials in the design process and ensuring that the developments benefit local residents would go some way towards pacifying the opposition.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2010
Expert View
Expert View

UK election: consumer confidence will suffer without a decisive result

Uncertainty over the makeup of the next UK government is thought to be undermining consumer confidence. The prospect of a hung parliament has raised concerns about the subsequent political environment and whether decisive action will be taken to bring economic recovery. As a result, consumers are likely to respond by saving now and waiting to see how the situation develops.

Published By Datamonitor
05 May 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

New alliance highlights growing market for sustainable lighting products in Asia

The strategic alliance between Nichia and Sujana Energy is part of an ongoing trend whereby LED manufacturers are shifting their focus away from mature markets and toward emerging ones like India and China. This trend, which has seen lighting majors like Philips and Havells Sylvania launch their LED offerings in India, will continue alongside growth in Asia Pacific's sustainable lighting market.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
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Expert View

Banking reform: addressing the sustainability of banking business models

The financial crisis has highlighted the fragility of banking business models which are based on high levels of risk and low reserves. In the aftermath of the crisis, many banks are aiming to demonstrate that sustainability is making its way onto their agendas. However, there is currently little evidence that this is indeed the case.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010

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