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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
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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
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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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CommentWire

AG Barr: strong growth in 2009/10 sales gives hope to firms in the industry

AG Barr expects sales for 2009/10 to reach GBP220m, with profits also set to increase. The group has performed well despite difficult conditions in a category that continues to be maligned due to health concerns. Soft drinks remain affordable and occasional treats in the eyes of consumers, and this success further shows that companies in the sector can still prosper during recession.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2010
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Ageas riding high in motorcycle insurance

In recent years Ageas has fought hard to sit at the forefront of motorcycle insurance, and is currently hot on the heels of the market's largest underwriter Aviva. Yet it will require a dogged effort from Ageas to make this niche segment, which hasn't grown in recent years, work for it.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2014
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Ageas's acquisition of Groupama would make it a top-three motor insurer to look out for in 2013

Ageas has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire Groupama's UK insurance business. A deal is expected to be concluded within four weeks and would result in Ageas entering the top three motor insurers. The acquisition would be a great opportunity for Ageas to grow its presence in the commercial space and strengthen its private motor book, a market in which it achieved strong growth in 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Sep 2012

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