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CommentWire
CommentWire

Fleming: SEC - suddenly everything counts

Fleming has joined the growing ranks of food retailers currently under SEC investigation, following the announcement of a formal probe into its accounting practices. With memories of the Enron debacle still fresh, such activity is spurring concerns that a widespread revamping of accounting standards might be imminent.

Published By Datamonitor
06 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
CommentWire
CommentWire

StorageNetworks: no room to hide

StorageNetworks' decision to consider a sale follows soon after storage back-up software company Legato Systems made the same move. The two announcements suggest that storage software companies may be reaching a crisis point due to the continuing market downturn.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Bayer: Avelox challenges antibiotics leaders

When it was initially launched, concerns over bacteria's rising resistance to antibiotics and the useful life of such drugs meant that Avelox was approved for only a limited number of indications. So its approval for a new indication is an important step forward, opening access to a larger market and allowing the drug to press home its challenge to the market leaders.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Cadillac: slow move into Europe

The planned launch of Cadillac in Europe is being delayed until later this year, as it has still failed to reach a conclusive agreement with third party distributors. The eventual move into Europe could generate $40 million in profits if the Euro remains strong against the dollar.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Pepco/Conectiv: paying the price for gambling

Conectiv has stopped trading in natural gas futures due to a dramatic price increase. Parent company Pepco says the market is currently too volatile for it to be involved. If the price of alternative fuels remains high, users will be more reluctant to switch from gas and so it is possible that the gas market will be just as volatile next winter.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Palm: breakup not in danger

Handheld computer maker Palm said its planned split into separate software and hardware companies is not in danger despite warning that Q3 revenues would be $20-$45 million lower than previously anticipated. While the news looks bad, the company has successfully addressed some serious concerns over its strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2003
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Call centers: Canada to benefit from US cost cutting

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

McDonald's: an apple a day keeps the lawyers at bay

As another court case keeps McDonald's fast food in the glare of the media spotlight, the company is searching for ways to reverse the long slide in sales of its Happy Meals. Whatever McDonald's motivation for offering healthier food for children is, the move is to be welcomed.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

IBM Global Services: billion dollar deals

IBM GS is to provide server, mainframe and storage systems and services to French insurance company AXA. France has proved a tricky market for foreign services providers, due partly to the strength of unions. This latest deal may prompt further French interest as it is structured to allow some of the jobs to stay in French hands.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2003

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