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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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Petrobras: increased government involvement has raised anxieties among minority investors

Petrobras has raised $70 billion through a share offering, making it the fourth biggest company by market capitalization in the world. Although the deal provides the company with much-need capital, there is an undercurrent of anxiety among investors over the fact that the Brazilian government now owns almost half of the company, as this may well pose a challenge to its future productivity.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2010
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LBG and RBS: courting yet more public anger in the UK

Despite posting a combined loss of nearly GBP10 billion for 2009, Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have announced plans to pay out sizeable bonuses. Growing unease surrounding the poor performance of state-supported banks, combined with public anger over bonus payments, could encourage consumers to move to a new generation of banks, untainted by the current crisis.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2010
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UBS: despite a return to profit, the Swiss bank's future still looks uncertain

UBS has revealed its first quarter of profit since Oswald Grubel took over as CEO 12 months ago. The Swiss banking group recorded a net profit of $1,130m, primarily driven by lower costs, lower own-credit charges and a one-off tax credit. However, this positive news disguises some serious concerns for the group.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2010
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UPS: shows signs of recovery, but pressure on margins remains

UPS' overall Q4 results show that the company repositioned itself well in 2009 and is now reaping the rewards of its recent investments in its international division, with strong growth being achieved due to high cross-border volumes. The firm must take careful action to ensure that this positive trend continues into 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2010
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Hershey: increase in profits for 2009, but future is uncertain

As well as reporting positive results in the final quarter, Hershey has seen both its sales and income increase year-on-year over 2009, and can fairly claim to have performed well of late. However, the recent purchase of Cadbury by Kraft will create stiff competition for Hershey in 2010, and the firm needs to carry its current momentum forward in order to facilitate further growth.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2010
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AG Barr: strong growth in 2009/10 sales gives hope to firms in the industry

AG Barr expects sales for 2009/10 to reach GBP220m, with profits also set to increase. The group has performed well despite difficult conditions in a category that continues to be maligned due to health concerns. Soft drinks remain affordable and occasional treats in the eyes of consumers, and this success further shows that companies in the sector can still prosper during recession.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2010
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UK: sales of ale increase

The UK's beer sector continues to register a decline, but recent figures demonstrate possibilities in specific categories, with some brewers reporting growth in ale sales. These latest results show that opportunities still exist for the UK beer market, and that a re-aligning of strategies and product portfolios may reap rewards in this sector.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
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Maersk Q3 results: shipping lines continue to sail in rough waters

Shipping lines over the past year have experienced a sharp deterioration in revenues because of falling trade volumes, with Maersk expecting to suffer a net loss of $1 billion for 2009. Although the economy started to show signs of revival in the third quarter, the effect is yet to trickle down to the shipping lines and they continue to post subdued results.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2009
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ANZ: bad debts partly offset by consumers' preference for major banks

On October 29, ANZ revealed that increased bad debts would reduce its profits for the 2009 financial year by 11% to A$2.94 billion, although there were also positive aspects to the company's results, with its revenues rising by 17%. Large banks such as ANZ need to exploit their size advantage to maintain market share as the economy recovers.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2009

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