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Asia: container traffic riding the wave of recovery

Container traffic is surging along transpacific and intra-Asian routes, with trade gaining importance between the West and markets such as China, India, Japan and Vietnam. More importantly, ocean carriers expect the current upsurge in the use of Asia-US and EU routes to continue over the next few months, leading to a rise in strategic collaborations.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2010
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Freight rates to tumble in H2 2010 due to overcapacity and slower demand

International freight rates have increased over H1 2010 due to reduced transport capacity and increased freight demand, a trend that has been reflected in upswings in price indices such as the Baltic Dry Index and Danske Bank's European Freight Forwarding Index. However, forecasted overcapacity and sluggish growth in freight volumes are expected to reduce rates in H2 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 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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Celgene: increased 2010 revenue forecast highlights company's ambition

Celgene has posted an increase in its Q3 and year-to-date sales compared to 2009 figures, which has led the company to raise its own 2010 total revenue forecasts from $3.45 billion to $3.6 billion. The company is expected to grow further out to 2015, as its looks to expand its global market share and product portfolio.

Published By Datamonitor
02 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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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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The extraction of gas from ice-bound reserves is challenging but possible

A team of Japanese and Canadian scientists have inched closer to unlocking massive reserves of ice-bound natural gas, known as natural gas hydrate or methane clathrate, in the Canadian Arctic. While successful and profitable extraction remains elusive, the development of viable extraction techniques is the key to exploiting the abundance of natural gas hydrate reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
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FDA: caffeinated alcoholic energy drinks stir controversy in the US

After a year-long review the FDA has issued a warning to manufacturers regarding the safety of caffeine in alcoholic energy drinks. A cloud of controversy has since loomed over the validity of this warning, with accusations that it is a breach of consumer rights. However, steps to defend the beverages are likely to lose out to the regulatory powers of the FDA, resulting in an outright drinks ban.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2010
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NFC: US mobile network operators lay their cards on the table

The US near field communication (NFC) market has reached a milestone with the official unveiling of Isis, a joint venture mobile payments platform. Google meanwhile has announced that its updated Android operating system will offer full NFC software support. These developments mark a significant shift in the US NFC market, as major players formalize their intentions and lay out future strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010
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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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