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Mecca Cola: singing a different tune

Mecca Cola is in direct competition with Coca-cola, deliberately appealing to anti-US sentiments. This growing tendency for manufacturers to market themselves on a political positioning to take advantage of consumer concerns creates a loyal customer base that will not be easily swayed.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

RBS: losing its virginity

Royal Bank of Scotland, which purchased Virgin One in 2001, has announced that it is to drop the Virgin brand from its flexible mortgages. RBS has the rights to use the Virgin name until July 2003 but will stop using the brand six months early.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

Centrica: planning to really "own the home"

The potential entry of Centrica into the equity release market does have exciting possibilities for the company. However, to achieve maximum success, the company will have to position itself very carefully to ensure a clearly perceived relationship between its equity offer and other services.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

Pace: pacing itself

UK digital set-top box maker Pace will not pay an interim dividend to shareholders. It has been hit hard by cable and pay-TV operators' financial problems, at home and in mainland Europe. But Pace hopes 2003 will bring recovery - and provided it remains calm under pressure and rides the storm, the company could indeed still break even.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

UK Credit cards: consumers losing interest in their interest

There is currently GBP30 billion outstanding on credit cards in the UK. Only around 2% of this debt is on credit cards charged at low or introductory rates of interest, leaving UK consumers paying GBP500 million a month in interest when they don't need to. While this is mostly due to consumer apathy, there are those prepared to pay for additional benefits in interest.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

Lloyds TSB: making waves in UK current accounts

Lloyds TSB has become the first of the UK's Big Four banks to launch a high interest current account. Growing competition and customer demand has prompted the decision. Now Lloyds TSB has made the first move, it is almost certain that the remaining big banks will follow.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

Cialis: standing ovation for new launch

The launch of Viagra, the world's first treatment for impotency and erectile dysfunction, was an instant success. Now, Lilly ICOS has officially launched Cialis, Viagra's first direct competition, and there is more on the way. In a growing market, Cialis' advantages over Viagra mean that it could reach blockbuster status.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

Honda: ahead of target

Honda is likely to return to profit for the year ending March 2003. This will be ahead of schedule, despite the strength of sterling affecting the company's manufacturing costs.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

ISAs: ineffective savings accounts

Equity-based individual savings accounts are "ineffective" as a means of savings for lower income families as tax relief does not serve as sufficient incentive, according to the IPPR. Savings matching schemes, currently on trial by the government may be more appropriate to the demographic and in the future, these schemes could also be applied to pensions.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

Britvic: Freekee tweenies

Identified as a new and growing market sector in the 1990s, 10-13 year olds are increasingly targeted with new products. These so-called tweenagers may not respond as enthusiastically as hoped, however. Understanding their aspirations while protecting adult brands will be a demanding task.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2003

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