Opinion on General Business in South and Central America

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ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Trauma devices: IM nailing set for take-off in Brazil

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Bacardi: running for the border

The acquisition of Tequila Cazadores, Mexico's leading premium tequila, is another step in Bacardi's efforts to expand beyond its core rum business. Bacardi gains access to the fast-growing tequila market, and compared to previous acquisitions - it paid almost $2 billion for Diageo brands Dewar's and Bombay Sapphire in 1998 - the Cazadores deal is a bargain.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Emerging markets: Wall Street backs the samba boys

Wall Street fears that a Brazil defeat in tomorrow's England soccer match could destabilize the country's volatile stock markets and weaken the right wing government's electoral chances. The US is largely unmoved by soccer - but if Brazil were to follow Argentina into meltdown, this would seriously affect American financial interests.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kraft: down Mexico way

Kraft looks set to succeed where Coke and Pepsi failed, taking over Mexican juice giant Jugos del Valle. The Mexican economy is on the rise, Kraft has a strong history of targeting Spanish speakers in the US, and Jugos del Valle will significantly improve the company's distribution network south of the border. In short, es muy buena.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Corus: muddled thinking

When Corus was formed in 1999, it hoped to grow by diversifying from steel - but a corporate rethink has overturned these plans. Not only is the firm now spinning off its non-steel businesses, it's merging with Brazil's CSN, thereby guaranteeing ore supplies. It's not clear that heavy exposure to a rickety economy is the best way of hedging commodity price risk, however.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kuehne & Nagel: positive moves

Kuehne & Nagel is continuing its growth strategy with another acquisition in Central America. As economic slowdown keeps freight growth down in the developed world, it makes sense for K&N to focus on less exploited markets to maintain its profit growth. At the same time, the move expands the Swiss firm's worldwide network still further.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

HIV patents: no solution - yet

While the WTO has not yet made a breakthrough on the issue of patent-free HIV drugs for developing economies, something must be done to alleviate the human and economic cost of the HIV epidemic. Western pharma companies will inevitably lose out - the only question is how well their profit maintenance strategies can cushion the blow.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
Expert View
Expert View

Valentine's Day: say it with...chocolates

Valentine's is traditionally a day of love and romance, though cynics would call it a money-spinning dream for the producers of flowers and chocolates. Whatever the reasons, chocolate is big business. Datamonitor's Joanne Birtwistle looks at the global popularity of chocolate, for Valentine's and otherwise...<BR /><BR />

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Tax havens: the loopholes disappear

Many wealthy UK citizens currently place money offshore in order to keep it secret and avoid tax. The European Savings and Tax Initiative will make this more difficult, and result in a decline in the amount of UK money held offshore. Fully compliant territories are forecast to lose more than half of the offshore funds and deposits invested by EU citizens.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Bacardi: welcome to the Latin quarrel

If Bacardi's management has its way, Bacardi will undergo an initial public offering. This would enable the company to expand its product portfolio, but may also open it up to a takeover from Allied Domecq. Whatever the future may hold, Bacardi's management will have quite a job persuading the company's family heirs to relinquish control.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2003

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