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CommentWire
CommentWire

Hershey: sugar-free chocolate

Hershey is launching new, sugar-free chocolate. It may meet its goal of capturing a significant portion of the diabetics market, but converting other consumers might prove to be a harder task. Since self-treating and taste are key chocolate purchasing drivers, Hershey must give the new products strong marketing support.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Ford: industry doubts over outlook

The sufferings of the world's number 2 vehicle manufacturer are continuing apace. Recently announced cuts in Ford's production and earnings targets have added to market doubts over the sustainability of the company, which has made losses of over $6.4 billion over the last two years. One hope is that a new version of its F-150 pickup truck could help stabilize Ford's revenues.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Revlon: not reveling in success

Revlon registered an operating loss of $114.9 million for 2002, compared to an operating income of $16.1 million in 2001. A large part of the drop was due to a $100 million charge for its 'growth plan'. Revlon is currently in the middle of major repositioning efforts, which appear to be paying off.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2003
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

US private label: 12% growth by 2006

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Soft drinks: readying for the summer drinks battle

Both Coke and PepsiCo are launching lemon-lime drinks in the hope of capitalizing on the crucial summer sales period. However, as they launch ever more new products, marketing budgets will be spread more thinly. Meanwhile fragmenting media channels mean that marketers will have to become increasingly creative with their limited budgets.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
12 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Consumer goods: store for war

Uncertainty about the increasingly likely US-led war on Iraq, together with continuing concerns over terrorism, are troubling consumers. This state of fear has repercussions on consumer purchasing behaviour, encouraging cutbacks on some products and the stockpiling of others.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Ask Jeeves: reading the questions

In a new report, Enterprise Search Technologies, Datamonitor has reviewed the products of eight enterprise search vendors, singling out JeevesOne Analytics for its advanced capabilities. The growing importance of search and information retrieval analytics puts Ask Jeeves in a strong position for future growth.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

International Power: time to hold firm

Despite reporting strong revenue and profit growth, shares in International Power had fallen 8% on Friday. Current investor concerns, centering on a gloomy 2003 outlook, seem misplaced given the group's encouraging performance in a tough 2002.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Fuel cells: EU and US to co-operate

An agreement between the European High Commission and the US Government's Department of Energy will push the development of hydrogen fuel cell power at a trans-Atlantic level. Paradoxically, the US may well rely upon coal-fired power stations to generate the energy needed to isolate environmentally friendly hydrogen in a fuel form.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Sanofi-Synthelabo/Organon: new opportunities for Arixtra

Sanofi-Synthelabo/Organon's Arixtra has so far struggled to achieve the potential held out for it on its launch a year ago. Questions remain over whether it can become a force in the market, and although the FDA's new ruling is a boon, the real goal must be to secure a far larger patient population.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2003

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