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Musgrave: continues to improve UK performance

The Musgrave group has grown operating profit by 4.1% to E109.2m and nearly halved its net debt to E96m. Going forward, it plans to continue its growth in the UK by investing in IT, logistics and store environments, making stores more consistent and navigable. This is an indication that it plans to supply more fresh goods, but the group will need a strong logistical system if it is to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2008
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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
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Kingfisher: results better than expected; outlook bleak

DIY retail group Kingfisher has posted better than expected results for 2008/09, with total retail sales up 11.1% to GBP5,130m, masking a like-for-like decline of 2.6%. However, the gloomy prospects for the DIY market could mean hard times ahead for Kingfisher. In the current climate, managing costs and cashflows has become all important, as the global outlook continues to darken by the day.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2008
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Kingfisher: Ireland rescued but for how long?

A new business plan from parent company Kingfisher has enabled B&Q Ireland to exit examinership while retaining eight stores. Under its new investment plan, Kingfisher will invest E2.4m, and new rents have been agreed to help profitability. However, given the challenging market conditions and the comparative size of market leader Woodies, the retailer still faces an uncertain future.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

KFC: cutting waste through new packaging

Fast food chain KFC has committed to serving several of its most popular meals in paper wrapping rather than cardboard boxes in its UK and Ireland stores, which it says will reduce the amount of packing used by 1,400 tonnes. The strategy will save on costs but also boost the company's eco-credentials, which is continuing to be a key battleground in 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009
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CommentWire

Kerry: riding the convenience wave

Despite the impact of unfavorable exchange rates and high energy costs, global food producer Kerry Group has announced another profits increase for the first half of 2005, citing the UK's unrelenting appetite for prepared meals as a key driving factor. A continued focus on healthy and convenient products will enable Kerry to prevail over tough operating conditions going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2005
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CommentWire

Kerry Group: going for gold

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2001
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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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Irish power: further push towards open, all-island market

Ireland has finally decided to do away with its cumbersome system of virtual power plant auctions and revenue regulation, by requiring the state-owned incumbent, ESB, to sell off many of its generation assets. Furthermore, Irish regulators have announced that no one market participant will be allowed to own over 40% of Irish generation capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2007
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Irish power market development continues, despite lack of ESB break up

With relatively robust regulatory polices and demand growth, the Irish power market has future developmental prospects not enjoyed by a number of markets elsewhere in Europe. Recent developments further highlight how the Irish power market remains a market to watch, although the decision not to break up former power monopolist ESB will curtail the development of true competitive intensity.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2006

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