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ENI Agip: expands Austrian presence with Esso network acquisition

Italian oil major ENI Agip has extended its presence in Austria with the purchase of 171 Esso branded service stations, doubling its market share in the country. The deal represents a further shake up of the Austrian fuel retail market, following German discounter Aldi's announcement that it is to expand its network of service stations selling cut-price fuel to 100 sites.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2010
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IOCs: facing difficult strategic choices

International oil companies (IOCs) are facing increasingly difficult challenges in the pursuit of sustainable development. Threatened by mounting pressure from shareholders and environmental groups, and restrained by limited access to high potential areas in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, IOCs must address these concerns while still offering value to their investors.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 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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Cadbury: a British icon is nearly in Kraft's hands

Cadbury's announcement that it has agreed to be taken over by Kraft has been met with public outcry in the UK, as consumers mourn the loss of another British institution to a foreign company. Nevertheless, Kraft must be congratulated for its determination to purchase this lucrative business, with many analysts agreeing that it has got itself a bargain.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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DHL offloads UK businesses as part of post-recession strategy

DHL's recent sale of two businesses in the UK is a stark reminder of the effects of the economic slowdown, and how large companies are spinning off their loss-making business arms to niche players in an attempt to increase profitability. In these challenging times, specialized businesses will face increased scrutiny and may be offloaded if they are not profitable.

Published By Datamonitor
11 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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