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Starbucks: a shot in the arm for Fairtrade

As part of its strategic overhaul, US coffee chain Starbucks has announced that all of its espresso-based beverages in the UK and Ireland will be fair trade by the end of 2009, ostensibly helping 100,000 farmers globally. However, the commercial value of the move is questionable as it may lead to increased prices when consumers can least afford them.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Nov 2008
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Irish pork scare: raises questions about food sourcing

Last week saw more than 20 countries clear their shelves of Irish pork after 80 to 200 times the legal level of dioxin was found in nine pig farms. This food scare has heightened consumer concerns over how products are sourced, placing additional pressure on the food industry to develop a transparent labeling system which allows consumers to implicitly trust the goods that they buy.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2008
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UK electricity generation: new companies will re-invigorate competition

Dong, Vattenfall and ESB, three well-known European utilities, have recently announced plans to invest in the UK generation sector, as a potential precursor to becoming retail suppliers in the country. With the soon to be confirmed acquisition of British Energy by EDF, this should help to re-invigorate the wholesale power market in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2008
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Ovation Pharmaceuticals' Sabril recommended by FDA panel despite reports of visual field defect

Ovation Pharmaceuticals has announced that an FDA advisory committee has voted unanimously to recommend Sabril (vigabatrin) for the treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy. If approved, Sabril will be the first FDA-approved monotherapy for infantile spasms. However, low historic uptake in the EU and concerns regarding visual field defects suggest that the drug's commercial prospects are limited.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2009
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Bristol & West: no more mortgages

The Bank of Ireland has announced that it will be closing down its Bristol & West subsidiary as it seeks to reduce its exposure to the UK mortgage market and redirect its focus on the domestic Irish market. With buy-to-let mortgage deals becoming increasingly scarce, this latest development is another step backwards for the industry as a whole.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2009
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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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Game Group: had the gain, now for the pain

Fears of a major slump in the previously buoyant video games market have been realized by a trading update from market leader Game Group. The highly cyclical nature of the sector has been highlighted by the dual release of Game's figures for the 53 weeks to January 31, 2009, in which total UK and Ireland sales were up 25.7%, and for the 11 weeks to April 18, 2009, in which they were down 2.4%.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
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HMV Group: HMV updating, Waterstone's stagnating

HMV Group has announced encouraging results for the 16 weeks to April 25, 2009, defying the overall decline among its core product sectors. While HMV UK & Ireland is well placed to exploit a lack of high street competition in its core categories and sales opportunities that will arise from its numerous new ventures, Waterstone's faces an uphill struggle in its bid to reverse its fortunes.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2009
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New drinks review: beer breaks flavor boundaries

This month's selection of innovative new drinks products sees the launch of a variety of novel alcoholic beverages, including a wine in a pouch and beer that is designed to complement challenging food combinations. This shows the original ways in which manufacturers are attempting to gain an edge over the competition.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2009
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French Connection: fashion retailer posts mixed results

While total growth at French Connection was up 4% in H1 2009, sales for the UK and Europe were down 1.3% driven mainly by the poor performance of its wholesaling division. However, 11 new concessions in House of Fraser stores drove retail growth in the UK and Europe up 7.7%. While the retailer will benefit from recent product range investment, it is essential that it continues to manage its costs.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2009

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