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Admiral: total profits up by 11% for 2008, profits down for Confused.com

Insurance group Admiral has announced an increase of 11% in its overall profits in 2008, but has witnessed a drop in profits for its aggregator business, Confused.com, as a result of heightened competitive pressures. With the likes of Tesco and Comparethemarket.com diverting business away from more established players, Confused.com will have to work hard to maintain its market share.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Advisors are confident that term assurance will help to grow the protection market as a whole

Exclusive Datamonitor survey data reveal that advisors are confident that term assurance will continue to play a vital role within the protection market over the next five years, as the UK economy and mortgage market begin to recover.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

AEP/Seeboard: EDF the favorite, but it's a tough field

EDF is clear favorite to acquire the utility, which would give it control of much of the electricity customer base in the affluent south of England. It would also gain the last realistic opportunity to gain customers through acquisition in UK electricity. However, rivals such as Scottish & Southern, RWE and E.ON are likely to put up a serious fight.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

AEP: staying in the UK, albeit with foreign coal

Low wholesale power prices are adversely affecting the UK coal industry; having ruled out further investment, AEP is now searching for other ways to reduce costs. With imported coal cheaper than that from the UK, increasing imports seems inevitable. Although this is bad news for UK coal, it does at least confirm AEP's commitment to stay in the UK power and coal markets.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Affinity marketing: getting tougher for FSIs

As financial services providers seek to improve acquisition rates and maintain profitability, they are becoming more customer-orientated. Dealing with affinity groups such as charities and sports club is a simple way to gain access to specific customer segments and customer databases. However, the UK market is getting increasingly saturated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2002
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Affinity partnerships are all about brand alignment

Affinity partnerships, including those with retailers, are steadily growing as insurers look to diversify into multi-channel distribution in a tough economy. Such partnerships offer various benefits for insurers; however, complementary brand values and target audiences should be the first considerations when choosing a retail partner, in order to maximize the benefits and avoid potential pitfalls.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aftermarket: many garages unaware of changing regulations

A large proportion of garages and tire dealers in the major European markets are not aware of legislative changes due later this year. However, Germans are particularly well informed and optimistic, believing that their businesses will grow as the number of franchised dealers falls.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

AG Barr: diversifying its portfolio has proven fruitful

AG Barr has made the biggest purchase in its history through the acquisition of Rubicon, continuing its diversification away from fizzy drinks into stronger growth sectors. The company's move into juices and other healthy beverage sectors is wise: as consumers demand healthier beverages to fit in with healthier lifestyles, these sectors continue to display better growth potential than carbonates.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

AG Barr: health trend will determine whether it keeps its fizz

AG Barr's restructuring will see operations from six Scottish locations combined into an existing site in Cumbernauld to save GBP2.5 million a year. The announcement comes at a time when the group's performance provides reason for optimism with core brands performing well. However, future prospects will undoubtedly be influenced by consumers' rising interest in healthy living.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2005
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AG Barr: profits fizz

Soft drink company AG Barr has reported strong sales for the six months ended July. These results came despite sluggish growth in the market, and a dip in sales of the company's energy drink brand Irn Bru 32. With the company recently announcing a franchise agreement with US-based Rockstar for the UK distribution of its energy drinks, the company has reason to be optimistic about future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2007

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