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Gazprom: casting the net further

The EU wants to restructure the import process for non-community gas, in a way that will cut exporters' margins. Unsurprisingly, this has driven Russia's Gazprom to find other outlets for its gas production, with deals underway in Turkey and China. However, it is also still keeping a strong presence in Europe, taking control of its distribution network.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2002
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CommentWire

European energy security: Ukraine-Russia gas deal poses long term questions

A compromise deal has been struck that will see Ukraine paying twice as much for Russian gas than it has done until now. The agreement follows Russian action to cut pipeline capacity through Ukraine on January 1, 2006. Yet the game of brinkmanship has understandably caused consternation in the EU, raising long term questions over supply.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2006
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Differing motivations for European gas players expanding upstream in the east

Three of Europe's leading gas players have all recently announced upstream investment plans in Russia and the Ukraine. While these plans form a core part of each player's strategy and are certainly judicious in the current climate, the motivations behind them differ markedly.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2006
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Commerzbank: eastern ambitions should shore up recovery

Commerzbank has reported encouraging 2005 results, marking an end to a number of poor years for the bank. However, the lender cannot rest on its laurels and faces a number of challenges ahead. First and foremost will be the mammoth task of integrating recent acquisition Eurohypo into its business. Then the bank will look to continue its expansion through M&A.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006
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Going east represents a sound strategy for Europe's utilities

Two recent developments show how western energy utilities are increasingly turning their attention to the opportunities in central and eastern Europe. While shorter term market dynamics mean that these markets often remain challenging environments to operate in, their longer term development potential mean that gaining early mover advantage in central and eastern Europe is a judicious move.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2006
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L'Oreal/Body Shop: ethical benefits outweigh risks

The idea of The Body Shop being bought out by an international cosmetic company would have been unthinkable a few years ago. However times and consumer trends move on, and the ethical and natural credentials of the beauty retailer make it a strong proposition in today's market. Now, with L'Oreal's resources and marketing expertise behind it, The Body Shop looks set become a major global brand.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2006
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The gloves are off in central European fuel retail

Rapid network expansion and upstream muscle are the unstoppable forces pushing Lukoil to the fore of fuel retailing in central and eastern Europe (CEE). The firm is the key mover in the region, expanding its site presence by a remarkable 180% over the past three years. But selling petrol is not simply a numbers game: Lukoil is also successfully incorporating a strong shop proposition.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2006
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A storm is brewing in the East despite temporary gas truce

The January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas deal has been temporarily extended to the autumn; a temporary truce largely driven by Russia's position as chair of the G8. There are two events on the horizon with potentially serious implications for the reliability of gas supplies to Europe: Yulia Tymoshenko's appointment as Ukrainian prime minister, and Turkmenistan's decision to hike gas prices to Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2006
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New drinks review: a prickly kind of vodka hits the market

Some more unusual flavored drinks have been noted by Productscan this month, ranging from a coffee flavored cider, to cactus flavored vodka. While such new and innovative flavorings could gain the interest of the consumer, the trend for health products has shown no sign of abating, with a new tea product recently launched that offers some very specific health claims.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Dec 2006
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CommentWire

Gazprom: Ukrainian law shuts the door on Russia gas giant

The Ukrainian prime minister and Russian president favor new deals to give Gazprom access to Ukraine's oil and gas infrastructure. Yet the country's parliament has passed a new law that will stymie Gazprom's grand strategy because it prohibits Ukraine's gas transmission network from being privatized. The result will be a frustrating thorn in the side of Gazprom's strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2007

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