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Spanish power analyzer forecast: 2013 update

Datamonitor's updated Power Analyzer forecasts that the share of coal in Spain's generation mix will fall, resulting in a smaller share of the pie for the struggling domestic coal mining industry. Diminishing subsidies to the coal sector add insult to injury and may spell the demise of Spanish-sourced coal in the generation mix.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2013
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Banco Sabadell using cash to push mobile payments

Banco Sabadell's Instant Money service highlights a growing trend among banks looking to use ATM cash withdrawals as a means of promoting mobile payments. However, getting the balance right between convenience and security is key to success.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013
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Blunders are killing Spanish renewables

Bad energy policy and poor management of the Spanish power sector have resulted in the complete cessation of support for new renewable energy projects and retrospective cuts that will hurt investors and cost Spain dearly.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2013
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GM's planned Mokka move will address demand but risks overcapacity

According to reports in the German press, General Motors is considering shifting the bulk of the production of its Mokka compact SUV model from South Korea to Spain. The model, launched in October 2012, has proved to be popular with consumers in Europe in spite of the economic conditions, so moving production to an established local venue to meet demand will be a good move for GM if it goes ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2013
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Sabadell mops up retrenchment fallout

As retrenchment sweeps across the finance sector, Banco Sabadell stands out. Recent acquisitions in Spain and the US will benefit from the bank's past acquisition integration success and strengthen its international banking presence.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2013
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The pain in private banking Spain

Lloyds Banking Group has decided to sell its loss-making Spanish retail and private banking units to Banco Sabadell. While some banks like Sabadell are seeing an opportunity to expand, others are undergoing major retail business restructures that are affecting private banking divisions. This has implications for market competition, private banking employment, and the wider onshore wealth market.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2013
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Spain's unstoppable decline

Spain's savings and investment market is headed for the fourth straight year of decline. Its appalling economic performance, stagnating wages, and high unemployment are all impacting the market and will hinder any real recovery for at least another three years. To make things worse, Spain could easily be the next victim of a Cyprus-style scenario, further intensifying the problems in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2013
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Scrappage schemes are only a temporary fix for Europe's car sales problem

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has added his voice to the demand for government incentives to boost EU new vehicle sales. Spain's scrappage scheme will end in March 2013, and the French government looks to be considering reintroducing similar incentives to try to stimulate growth. However, motorists remain reluctant to spend and these schemes are simply a temporary fix for declining sales.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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Bankinter: cloud NFC a big blow to telcos

Bankinter's plans to launch a mobile payments service that bypasses the need for a handset's secure element highlights a major shift in the market dynamics for mobile NFC payments. Despite Bankinter's activities being heavily concentrated in Spain, its plans spell bad news for telcos and smartphone manufacturers globally, as this approach would remove them from the NFC value chain.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2013

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