Opinion on General Business in Finland

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Nokia: sound and vision

Nokia's increased profitability hides some problems. Wireless network equipment sales are expected to stay low, and its average handset price is slipping. Nokia is now hoping that demand for phones with color displays or multiple features will pick up, and consequently improve its position.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2003
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CommentWire

Cialis: standing ovation for new launch

The launch of Viagra, the world's first treatment for impotency and erectile dysfunction, was an instant success. Now, Lilly ICOS has officially launched Cialis, Viagra's first direct competition, and there is more on the way. In a growing market, Cialis' advantages over Viagra mean that it could reach blockbuster status.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

Metabolic syndrome: a future candidate for treatment

A long-term Finnish study has found that metabolic syndrome, which is similar to pre-diabetic conditions, is associated with an increased risk of mortality cardiovascular disease. Pharmacological therapy targeting metabolic syndrome may reduce this associated risk, but this has yet to be demonstrated in clinical trials.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Dec 2002
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CommentWire

Nokia: revitalizing (and dominating) the mobile market

Nokia's new color GPRS, MMS, and Java handsets promise much for a flagging industry. Consumers have been waiting for phones like these to launch before upgrading, causing handset sales to stagnate. At the same time, the roll-out of Nokia's Series 60 software platform may herald the company's move towards a software licensing-based business model.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2002
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CommentWire

Hutchison 3G: going against the grain

As other operators axe their 3G plans, it seems strange for Hutchison to buy yet another license. But the company has several advantages - in particular, chairman Li Ka-shing's willingness to play a very long-term game. In five years' time, Hutchison will be a leading mobile operator throughout Europe and Asia. Making returns on its investments, however, will take much longer.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2002
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Hartwall/BBH: warm results may not last

Hartwall benefited in the first half of 2002 from increased sales at its Russian joint venture, BBH. But although this market has been growing fast for many years, it has recently shown signs of slowing down. Much of the growth this time round was driven by good weather - so new owner S&N must pray for a warm autumn if it is to reap dividends from Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2002
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CommentWire

Eczema: friendly food bugs can help

According to a new study, giving probiotics to babies while they are being weaned may reduce their chances of developing allergic conditions such as eczema. Although further research is required, probiotics may have a significant role to play in several conditions caused by allergic inflammation. This represents both a threat and an opportunity to pharma companies.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2002
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CommentWire

Fortum: a helping hand from Birka

Taking full control of Sweden's Birka has countered Fortum's losses from lower oil and electricity prices. The company envisages E100 million a year in cost savings from synergies from 2004. With 1.36 million distribution customers, a strong bundled service strategy, and an expected 1-2% rise in Nordic energy consumption, Fortum is on track for a good 2002.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2002
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CommentWire

Atria Oyj: meat to live

Following the triumph of Benecol margarine in Finland, Atria Oyj is now attempting to market nutraceutical meat products in the US. However, the Finnish company will need more than proven health benefits to encourage uptake. The key to success lies in consumer education, great taste and convenience.<BR /><BR />

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2002
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CommentWire

Telia/Sonera: huddling together for warmth

The Nordic telcos would fit together well. Telia's international expansion has been half-hearted, while Sonera's has been over-ambitious - but combining them would create a company well placed to fight the threat from Orange and Vodafone in Scandinavia. The main problem is political: government interference has stopped previous Telia merger plans.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2002

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