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Aldi: aggressive expansion in Australia through profit reinvestment

In the wake of improved net profits in 2009, Aldi has announced further investment in its Australian infrastructure and stores. Investing in the market will enable the discounter to boost market share, and help to reduce the dominance of Woolworths and Coles. Furthermore, Verdict research shows that Australian consumers are particularly responsive to Aldi's core proposition: private label.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2010
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CommentWire

Feed-in tariffs in Germany: consumers are paying the price for renewable energy development

The German Renewable Act has successfully increased renewable energy capacity from 6% of total generation capacity in 2000 to 16% in 2009. However, in order to compensate for higher demand, lower wholesale prices and last year's levy deficit, German consumers will have to foot a bill of E13.5 billion in 2011. This should be a warning to other countries of the immediate costs of such policies.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2010
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CommentWire

Daimler: expanded car2go service is a smart idea

In an attempt to recoup some of the E2.6 billion loss it recorded in 2009, Daimler is expanding its car2go car club service into Hamburg and Vancouver. With global car sales stalling, new revenue streams through less conventional business models such as this may give the automotive industry a much needed boost.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2010
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Metro Group: innovation in 2010 leads to positive Q3 performance

Germany's Metro Group has posted positive Q3 results, with a return to profitability across all divisions and markets. Earnings were also boosted by the group's attempts to improve efficiency and develop high margin lines. Metro's focus on innovation will help to maintain healthy margins for the remainder of 2010 and into 2011, when economic conditions will continue to be difficult.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2010
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New exploratory licenses for German unconventional gas create risk of green backlash

A number of firms have been awarded exploratory drilling licenses for fields in Germany where new production techniques may make the extraction of large quantities of unconventional gas financially viable. While this development might affect the global gas markets in the future, production is unlikely to start in the next couple of years, and the news has already attracted environmental scrutiny.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2010
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New household products review: laundry gets germ-killing bonus

An antibacterial additive for laundry detergent and a cleaning solution for electronic gadgets are the picks of this month's novel launches in the household goods industry. Both products play on aspects of modern consumer lifestyles, with one tapping into current preoccupations with the threat of contagious diseases, and the other underlining the proliferation of electronic devices in households.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2010
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New food review: caviar and camembert take snacking upscale

Snack products are getting an upmarket overhaul, as seen in this month's rundown of novel launches from the food industry. The latest innovations in savory beer snacks and popcorn products - featuring caviar and continental cheese flavors - illustrate how producers are seeking to lift pub and cinema snacks into more upmarket territory, positioning them as a sophisticated dining experience.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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New household products review: toilet tissue and disposable cutlery tout their eco credentials

In this month's rundown of the latest novel product launches from the household goods industry, two manufacturers have the problem of unnecessary waste and packaging in their sights. While one company focuses on removing the paperboard cores from toilet paper rolls, another is leading the way with compostable disposable cutlery.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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CommentWire

eBay: enters the online shopping clubs market

Driven by a desire to enter the rapidly growing online shopping clubs market and in response to competition, US pureplay retailer and auctioneer eBay has acquired German online shopping club brands4friends. The acquisition will increase eBay's foothold in Germany and should help to improve its fashion offering.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Dec 2010
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CommentWire

Novartis: FDA refusal may relegate Menveo to second-to-market for toddlers

Novartis has announced the US approval of its licensed quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, Menveo, in children aged two to 10; however, the FDA rejected an application for younger age groups. This represents a major setback for the firm, which is already struggling to gain share in the US meningococcal market due to the dominance of Sanofi Pasteur's competitor Menactra.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2011

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