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Blue Inc looks east as international expansion gains momentum

Value clothing retailer Blue Inc, with financial backing from its new chairman Sir Stuart Rose and high-profile investors the Reuben Brothers, plans to expand its international presence. The retailer, which already has a growing online operation in the US, Russia, and the Baltic and other Eastern European states, plans to open stores in Ukraine, Latvia, and Lithuania later this year.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2012
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Cyprus levy will exacerbate offshore outflows

A deposit levy proposed in Cyprus has brought turmoil to the eurozone recovery, but it has also undermined the attraction of Cyprus as an offshore center. Banking instability on the island has already compromised offshore wealth inflows and the levy will only exacerbate the problem.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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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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Kingfisher: franchising scheme to lead to swift expansion

The UK-based Kingfisher is set to introduce a franchise model as part of its long-term growth plans, which are to be announced in the first quarter of 2011. This initiative will enable Kingfisher to expand quickly, reduce the impact of difficult trading conditions in the UK and increase its hold over the European market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Oct 2010
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Lukoil/Yukos: carving up the post-Soviet markets

Russia's second-largest oil company Yukos looks set to step up its investment in the oil processing and transportation infrastructure of the Baltic states, while archrival Lukoil is concentrating on the new St Petersburg oil terminal and the post-Soviet markets further south. The two strategies allow the companies to avoid head-on competition with each other.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2002
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Lukoil: moving forward in non-fuel sales

Russian fuel retailer Lukoil has announced an eight-year plan to increase its focus on shop sales at its service stations, while its Baltic subsidiary has launched a new loyalty program. Both events serve to demonstrate Lukoil's new customer-centric aspirations, and suggest that we may see these aspirations being fulfilled in a rather innovative way.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2006
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Maxima: Baltic Tigers' leading grocer still roaring

Despite the downturn facing the once booming Baltic Tiger States, sales at Maxima were up 31.4% to LTL4.79 billion (E1.38 billion) for the first six months of 2008. The outlook remains positive for Maxima, as sales are being boosted by price conscious consumers' attraction to its stores. Meanwhile, expansion in Bulgaria could provide a significant growth opportunity for Maxima outside the Baltics.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2008
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New drinks review: customization trend evolves with new energy additive

A new "water enhancer" that can be used to turn any conventional beverage into an energy drink is the innovation that headlines this month's rundown of novel launches from the drinks industry. Other developments to feature include a selection of innovative flavors for the dairy drink market, and a surprising melding of alcoholic drinks and cupcakes.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2012
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New drinks review: duo sachet brings "mix and match" concept to drinks

In this month's roundup of novel drinks industry launches, the personalization trend once again takes center stage with the introduction of a new powdered drink that allows consumers to blend individual flavors according to their own taste. In packaging news, novelty musical Christmas tins have arrived for the tea category, while butterscotch flavor "beer" for children is also hitting the shelves.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2012
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Nordea: predicts export-driven growth in Baltics

Nordea's has forecast an export-driven economic recovery for the three Baltic states. This prediction will be received optimistically by all the Scandinavian banks who remain heavily exposed to the region, which was one of the worst-hit areas of the recession in Europe. Given their significant loan books in the Baltics, the prospect of a recovery is particularly good news for SEB and Swedbank.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2010

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