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Procter & Gamble and Unilever: assessing the long-term implications of price-fixing charges

The European Commission has fined both Procter & Gamble and Unilever for operating a price-fixing cartel in the European dishwashing market. This negative publicity comes at a time when rising commodity costs and reduced consumer confidence threaten to negatively impact sales growth, and could even cast a shadow over the companies' commitments to sustainable business practice.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2011
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Anheuser-Busch: buying presence in a growing market

Anheuser-Busch's acquisition of Goose Island marks a change in tack for the brewer that has previously focused on bringing its own ales to the market under the Budweiser name. Perhaps sensing that this branding lacked the necessary authenticity with consumers, it has turned to acquiring a brewer in an element of the market that will be vitally important in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2011
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Christmas 2010: the best Christmas for retailers since 2007

Verdict Research forecasts that Christmas 2010 will be the best Christmas for retailers since the recession hit in 2008, despite the impending government spending cuts and associated job losses. Consumers are set to spend an extra GBP1.6bn this year compared with Christmas 2009, with clothing, food & grocery, and health & beauty producing the largest increases.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2010
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Towry: focus on high net worth investments may prove promising for banks

Towry's new business strategy involves focusing on clients with investments of GBP100,000 or more, which has prompted the company to close the smallest client accounts of less than GBP5,000 in assets. Should this strategic shift represent a wider market dynamic, this will present a significant opportunity for banks to absorb those investment clients left on the wayside.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2010
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Changes to air cargo security will have repercussions on the industry and the wider economy

The discovery of two bomb devices en route to the US has resulted in proposals to tighten air cargo security. Yet, without standard security measures which are internationally applicable, this will be difficult to enforce. Meanwhile, more stringent restrictions may adversely impact wider economies as a whole, with many sectors depending on timely cargo deliveries.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2010
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Kellogg's: suffering losses after a challenging Q3

Breakfast giant Kellogg's has announced a net income fall of 6% in Q3, citing declining cereal sales and a product recall as key factors. While a recall is unusual and unforeseen, the result highlights the challenges posed in such a mature category. Kellogg's faces the problem not only of battling multiple competitors, but also the attitudes of consumers towards breakfast consumption in general.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2010
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Beer sales are still suffering from a recessionary hangover

Data released by the British Beer & Pub Association in October 2010 show that beer sales in the three months to the end of September were down by 10% compared to the same period last year. This is the worst quarterly rate of decline since the association's records began. Evidently consumers are still harboring a recessionary mindset, which is affecting even affordable luxuries such as beer.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010
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Standard Life Wealth: looking to attract regional customers with a lower investment threshold

Standard Life Wealth is to initiate various strategies in order to help it with its planned expansion drive. These include halving its threshold to GBP500,000, and headhunting staff from competitors to man its new regional offices, the first of which is to be opened in Birmingham. This is a shrewd move, considering the new office will have over 11,000 potential new clients in its catchment area.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010
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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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The logistics and express industry may be recovering, but fresh challenges await

According to Datamonitor research, the global logistics and express market is expected to have recovered from the downturn and grown by almost 9% to reach a value of more than $3 trillion in 2010. However, as the market finally recovers, the pressure on companies to demonstrate value and find ways to achieve profitable growth will become increasingly apparent.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2010

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