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Extra regulation should not ignore the fact that payday lenders meet a consumer need

There have been calls for limits to be imposed on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers. However, with an increasing number of people needing short-term loans, these companies do have a role to play in the market. Authorities must avoid imposing excessive controls in this area so as not to create a situation where consumers instead borrow from unregulated, illegal loan sharks.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2012
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Employers should be wary of setting a mandatory retirement age following UK Supreme Court ruling

A recent Supreme Court ruling found that an employer was justified in forcing the retirement of a senior employee because it was in the "public interest." This means that companies could potentially dismiss older workers to make way for younger staff. However, employers will be taking a significant risk in setting their own mandatory retirement age, and should investigate alternative approaches.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

The imminent rise of t-commerce

Among the plethora of statistics given to analysts by N Brown executives at its trading announcement was the staggering growth of its mobile traffic. It has risen to 14% from 4% of all e-commerce traffic, and the retailer now expects this to rise to 22% by the end of 2012. These mobile customers are not just browsing either, as N Brown is making sales of GBP1m a week from m-commerce.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2012
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AAN 2012: research shows value of early disease identification, but caution in treatment is advised

At AAN 2012, Merck Serono presented data from a long-term study showing that early Rebif treatment significantly reduced the clinical progression of multiple sclerosis. However, early intervention should be used cautiously to avoid unnecessary treatment.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2012
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AAN 2012: Novartis presents new data in an attempt to boost confidence in long-term use of Gilenya

In keeping with American Academy of Neurology meetings of recent years, multiple sclerosis once again dominated proceedings at AAN 2012. Novartis used the platform to present new data from the extension FREEDOMS II trial to support the long-term use of Gilenya, and provided Phase II results for siponimod in relapse remitting multiple sclerosis.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2012
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Pack-Track Innovation of the Month: Friels Pure Apple Cider

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2012
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NBNK Verde bid lacks some of The Co-operative Group's qualities

Lloyds Banking Group has announced that it is no longer exclusively dealing with The Co-operative Group in the sale of 632 branches required under EU guidelines. The FSA has questioned The Co-operative Group's suitability regarding its mutual structure and financial capabilities. Yet, the alternative bids will not provide the increased competition that the FSA desires.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2012
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New personal care review: antibacterial silver finds new home in nail varnish

In this month's run-through of the latest launches from the personal care industry, an antibacterial silver ingredient is part of a novel formulation in the nail varnish category. In other news, a US company could court controversy with the launch of a lipstick for babies, while a soap product takes its cues from confectionery in a bid to enhance its indulgence appeal.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2012
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New drinks review: QR branding sees wine embrace the smartphone era

The emergence of QR codes in line with growing consumer take-up of smartphone technology is offering diverse marketing and branding opportunities to consumer goods companies, as evidenced by the sparkling wine launch that headlines this month's rundown of drinks innovations. Meanwhile, new flavors are emerging in the gin segment and novel formats are being explored for liqueurs and bottled water.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2012
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New food review: energy products take a cue from medicine with capsule innovation

A new energizing powder sold in capsules and designed to be sucked through a straw rather than consumed as a drink or a shot is among the innovations to feature in this month's roundup of the latest food industry launches. In other news, cake mixes have taken a decorative turn, and a rival to peanut butter has hit stores in the US.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2012

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