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Is there a market for 'no-frills' fuel retailing?

Service stations are getting more like 'one-stop-shops' every day. With products from hot food to Internet access, you could be forgiven for forgetting the fuel was there. The major reason is that retailers make low margins on fuel. But in that case, why are Petroplus' fuel-only unmanned sites doing so well in the Netherlands? Datamonitor's Mike Phillips looks at the curious case of Tango...

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Tea: a quarter of Dutch tea drunk on the go

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

British Airways: AA out, maybe KLM in

British Airways continues to face many problems, of which the collapse of its alliance with American Airlines is one of the most serious. The failure to secure antitrust immunity could also damage BA and AA's Oneworld alliance. Suddenly a merger with KLM looks more promising, even though there are still plenty of obstacles in the way of that partnership.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

National Grid: new interconnectors will boost efficiencies

The new interconnection capacity between the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland should increase efficiencies. It will take advantage of variations in the different countries' installed capacity and demand characteristics, and may alleviate potential problems associated with shrinking reserve capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

DSM/Sabic: building focus and scale

DSM wants to focus on specialty chemicals, using the proceeds of the sale to fund acquisitions in that sector - so the higher than expected price will serve it well. Meanwhile, petrochemicals giant Sabic seems to be planning a major assault on Europe. It is likely to continue its M&A activity, perhaps with a bid for Eni's petrochemicals operations.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Gasunie: splitting up as competition hots up

As part of the transition towards a fully competitive gas market in the Netherlands, Gasunie is to split into two separate trading companies run by Exxon and Shell, and a government-owned network operator. Gasunie has already had to face strong competition from new entrants, and the new trading units will face an even tougher environment as the market fully opens in 2004.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

KPN Mobile: the second coming isn't pre-paid

While i-mode is being hailed as the 'second coming' for European mobile data services, various obstacles may deter its uptake. In particular, KPN is not rolling out a pay-as-you-go service - instead, it requires a subscription. This is likely to deter young users, whose viral marketing has been one of the factors driving the service's Japanese success.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

mmO2: it's all about networking

Consolidating infrastructure contracts will bring major cash savings, and therefore seems sensible. More interesting, though, is the outsourcing deal: mmO2's Dutch business will effectively become a virtual operator, with Ericsson managing its entire network. This could be a good model for other mid-to-small scale mobile operators to adopt.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vopak: splitting operations

The new company will take the chemical distribution operations, leaving Vopak free to concentrate on its logistics and storage operations. Splitting its distribution and logistics activities into different companies should improve the potential for growth in each individual area.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

TPG: post liberalization? Bring it on!

At present, OPTA says that TPG's shareholders, not the Dutch consumer, are benefiting from the company's improved efficiency. The regulator believes that liberalization would introduce competitors and reduce prices. Unlike some postal operators, TPG supports the idea. It has the structure and the competence to beat the competition.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2002

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