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Electrabel: Dutch expansion is a judicious move

Electrabel's plan to build new power plants in the Netherlands is a sensible move. Datamonitor analysis finds that the country is the third most attractive European market for new power entrants, with a committed regulator, good third party access and a mature power exchange. Interestingly, it has also enjoyed a sizeable rate of growth in total power demand during the last ten years.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2005
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CommentWire

PepsiCo/Sara Lee/Stacy's: a healthy acquisition strategy

PepsiCo's latest snack acquisitions signal the company's aim to gain strong branded positions in underrepresented markets and boost its product portfolio within the increasingly important healthy convenience food sector. The strategy also highlights PepsiCo's awareness of the threat posed to its core snacking brands by their perceived unhealthy image.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2005
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CommentWire

Express delivery: western Europe set for growth

The coming five years are set to be a boon for providers of express delivery services in Europe. During this time the sector will grow by 33% in the major Western European markets, double that of standard parcel delivery services. Although the B2B segment continues to dominate, business to consumer (B2C) services will experience faster growth as mail order and Internet shopping expand.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2005
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CommentWire

Suez: Electrabel bid prepares ground for wider push

The Suez group has made a bid to increase its holding in Electrabel from 50.1% to 100% in order to position itself for the complete opening of EU energy markets in 2007. This follows moves by other utilities to lay the groundwork for pan-European competition and thus represents a sensible step for Suez as it works to expand its own market share.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2005
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CommentWire

Kredietbank Luxembourg: bolstering its Belgian boutiques

Kredietbank Luxembourg (KBL), a subsidiary of the KBC Group, has agreed to buy HSBC Dewaay, a private bank owned by HSBC and operating in Belgium and Luxembourg. This looks like a sensible move, as adding Dewaay to its Puilaetco Private Bankers division should boost KBL's presence in Belgian private banking, as well as underscoring the potential of the 'boutique' banking model.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2005
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CommentWire

Volkswagen: bowing out of Belgium?

Reports have suggested that the head of the VW brand is considering closing its Brussels plant. The scaling down of the carmaker's western European plants, followed by relocation in countries with lower labor costs, is vital to VW's future survival. However a local backlash over the Belgian closure could do VW's image further harm at an already difficult time.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2005
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CommentWire

EDF: hedging its way to growth in Belgium

Structurally long in power, EDF Belgium can leverage this surplus power to price competitively in the Belgian market and win market share. With the recent award of a power delivery permit and now the launch of two new SME tariffs, EDF is clearly well on the way to achieving its organic growth targets in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2005
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CommentWire

Belgian energy: monopolists still hold sway

Belgium's energy regulators have concluded that considerable progress still needs to be made towards liberalizing the energy sector due to the dominant position of former monopolies. Given that, by the standards of its neighbors, the Belgian energy market is in many ways relatively accessible to new entrants, the regulators should now act to overcome the remaining impediments to real competition.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2005
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ABN Amro: building in Belgium

Dutch finance group ABN Amro [AAB.AS] is continuing to pursue a strategy of buying small domestic private banks to further its European ambitions. Building on its existing private banking operations in Belgium, this latest acquisition will expand the bank's reach in an increasingly valuable onshore market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2005
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CommentWire

Belgian utilities: menage a trois?

SPE has reportedly chosen GDF and Centrica as its favored partners, and may decide to enter into exclusive negotiations with one of them. If it did, GDF would seem to have the edge because of the wholesale synergies the new partnership would have, but Centrica's possession of a retail customer base (through Luminus) suggests that a three-way partnership would be best after all.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2005

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