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Abbott: Humira sales forecast increased

With Abbott's Humira (adalimumab) being reimbursed by 95% of managed care organizations three months after its US launch, the company has re-forecast the product's 2003 results. Abbott is under pressure to build US share rapidly, before the expected 2005 launch of Celltech/Pharmacia/Pfizer's rival rheumatoid arthritis drug CD870.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2003
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Pepsi: adding flavor to the cola war

Pepsi has announced plans to produce its own vanilla-flavored cola, following the success of Coca-Cola's Vanilla Coke. Copycat competition is coming from own brand colas as well. Soft drinks makers need to shorten the time it takes to get new products to market so they can make the most of any first mover advantage.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2003
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Ford/GM: giving used cars a make-over

With residual values for used cars dwindling worldwide, GM and Ford are employing new tactics. They are using cosmetic accessories and tuning kits to dispose of their ex-fleet vehicle assets. If the tactic proves successful others are sure to follow.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2003
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Advanced Micro Devices: the 64-bit battle

AMD's ambitions for Opteron have been widely broadcast. It hopes the chip will secure its entry to the lucrative corporate market, in servers and high-performance computers. AMD looks unlikely to win an outright victory over Intel in the 64-bit market, but it has survived so far without really winning the battle for the 32-bit market either.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2003
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GM: scrapping electric vehicles

GM has announced plans to stop the production of its EV1 battery powered vehicles. This follows a regulatory decision in California to relax the state's extreme zero-emission vehicle legislation. It looks like battery powered cars will be reduced to the status of collector's items.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2003
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Pepsi: that's advertainment

Pepsi's much hyped "Play for a Billion" TV show is yet another example of the new diva in the advertising business: advertainment. With consumers displaying shorter attention spans for traditional TV commercials, advertainment might well have the answer. However over-exposure is a danger, as are the high costs involved.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2003
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Sun: another try at mid-range storage

Sun Microsystems is continuing its concerted effort to catch up from a trailing position in storage by replacing its lackluster mid-range disk arrays with a stronger line-up of entirely new hardware. Sun has been focusing on correcting its past mistakes, including limited or late support for operating systems other than Solaris.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Apr 2003
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Carmakers: further tightening of belts

The battling of the big carmakers, GM and Ford, is no secret as they set out to reverse their fortunes. German sports car manufacturer Porsche has been highly successful for a number of years, achieving excellent margins. News of its output reduction could therefore be a significant barometer of the market outlook.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
09 Apr 2003
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Deutsche Post: DOT approval not required

DHL's acquisition of Airborne has raised opposition from UPS and FedEx, and might be rejected by US regulators. However, DPWN is resolutely pursuing its expansion plan and, with some clever restructuring, should at least be able to get approval to acquire key parts of the business.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2003
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SUVs: still too thirsty

SUVs represents roughly half of all light vehicles sold by domestic US automakers, yet they achieve just 20.7 miles to the gallon on average. Carmakers will now be forced to tackle this issue, but the required 1.5 mile per gallon increase may not be ambitious enough.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2003

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