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Chevron: looking to leave the Irish market?

Chevron is believed to be in negotiations with the UK's largest independent fuel retailer, Malthurst Fuels, to sell part of its Texaco branded service station network in Ireland. After reporting a loss in 2008, it is possible that Chevron, along with ExxonMobil, the only other oil major left in the country, could follow Shell and Statoil's decision to exit the Irish market altogether.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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CommentWire

Quinn Direct: forced market exit presents opportunities for competitors

Following concerns about its solvency raised by the Irish Financial Regulator, the High Court in Ireland has forced Quinn Insurance to stop writing new UK business. This will create potential growth areas for new or existing players, especially within the UK private and commercial motor insurance market, as well as the UK liability insurance market, where the Irish group has a strong foothold.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2010
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CommentWire

Ireland: nuclear power is not the obvious solution for low-carbon goals

Nuclear power is being cited as a possible way to cut Ireland's carbon emissions, but the lack of current nuclear generation in the country may make it unfeasible, as supporting infrastructures, regulations and political issues would have to be addressed. With the Ireland-to-Wales interconnector starting up in 2012 and the nation's ambitious renewables targets, nuclear seems to be the last resort.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
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New food review: sweet and savory flavors head in new directions

This month's rundown of global new food launches sees sweet and savory flavors appearing in an increasing number of unexpected and unprecedented product categories. Products from savory sprinkles to double cheese ice cream and charcoal cheesecake show how manufacturers are turning to unconventional, even counterintuitive, combinations to add an extra sensory edge to their product offerings.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2010
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CommentWire

All Islands Electricity Plan: local communities must buy in to wind farms

Nearly a quarter of the UK's electricity generation capacity needs to be replaced by 2020. This requires investments of some GBP100bn by 2020 for power plants alone. At the same time, it seems that the UK might miss its 2020 targets for renewable energy. Building wind farms in Ireland could boost the Irish economy, and the UK could import green power, but only if local communities do not object.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2011
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High net worth investors' high exposure to sovereign debt should be a major cause for concern

The passage of legislation in the US to raise the debt ceiling will be welcomed by investors worldwide, but US Treasuries are not out of the woods yet and Europe's debt faces further downgrades. This is bad news for the eurozone's high net worth investors, who hold 13% of their wealth in these supposedly "safe-as-houses" investments.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2011
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Ireland's wealth market to outperform the rest of the PIIGS

The wealth markets in Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIIGS) are among the worst performers at a global level, highlighting the difficulties faced by some of the traditional wealth markets. Western Europe as a whole has performed poorly in recent years, and the outlook up to 2015 is now even bleaker, with downward developments looking increasingly likely.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2012
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Portas Pilot town tweeters silenced

UK towns participating in Mary Portas's TV series to showcase government investment in the regeneration of high streets have been asked to sign contracts ensuring social media silence over the period of filming. In contrast, in Ireland social media is playing a key role in community regeneration.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2012
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Julius Baer and Bank of America Merrill Lynch: shaking up the world order of global wealth managers?

Julius Baer has agreed to acquire Merrill Lynch's non-US wealth management operations from Bank of America. The deal is sizable, seeing Julius Baer boost AUM by around 40%, and could see it edge into the top 10 largest wealth managers globally. Despite the divestment, Bank of America is set to remain as the third largest wealth manager in the world, thanks to its significant US operations.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2012
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New technology presents opportunities for those willing to shake up the Irish payments market

The Irish payments market is changing: the domestic debit card scheme Laser is being phased out, presenting challenges for players in the market but also opportunities, as new technology enters the market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2012

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