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CommentWire
CommentWire

London restaurants: seeing unexpected success, but future tax rises could leave a bitter taste

Restaurants in the capital have fared better than expected in 2009, with a below-average number of venues having closed during the last 12 months. Appearances can be deceptive, however, and next year may be more challenging should the beneficial effects of short-term stimuli be removed.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Friends Provident: looking for a Resolution

Investment firm Resolution has seized the opportunity to consolidate what it sees as a slow-moving life industry by acquiring Friends Provident for GBP1.86 billion. Considering the fragmented nature of the industry, this deal may kick-start further consolidation within the life insurance sector. However, the industry must be cautious of the insurer heavyweights that will emerge in its wake.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Aug 2009
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Expert View

IMF issues warning on European credit card time bomb

The global financial body has claimed that the UK will be particularly hard hit as part of its warning about potential European losses of over GBP100 billion, representing 7% of the continent's consumer debt. If so, industry players will have to tread carefully as they attempt to maneuver through a poor economic environment and deal with low public support.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2009
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JDA Software's strong performance highlights the changing dynamics of the tech industry

JDA Software's strong financial performance for Q2 2009 demonstrates that not all technology vendors are in dire straits. Meanwhile, interesting trends are starting to emerge, with revenue mixes expected to shift as increased budgetary pressure reduces maintenance spend and delivery models evolve.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Trade credit insurance: more claims, less confidence, further worries

Just a month after the government widened its credit insurance support scheme, the latest data from the Association of British Insurers reveal that trade credit insurance claims have grown year-on-year by 166% to a record GBP316m in the first quarter of 2009. This demonstrates a high need for such cover, indicating that government support is likely to continue.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2009
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New entrants in UK retail banking and the impact for tech vendors

There are a number of entities mulling an entry into the UK's retail banking market, with business models ranging from specialized niche offerings for the new mass affluent or small and medium-sized enterprises to fully fledged banking for the general public. Companies looking to succeed in this segment have a range of technology strategies to choose from.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2009
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CommentWire

SMEs: increased access to credit insurance scheme will make trading easier

Following an announcement by the UK government, small and medium-sized enterprises whose trade credit insurance has been negatively affected by the recession can now apply for help under the national scheme. The expansion of the program should greatly increase these businesses' uptake and help to stabilize supply chains across the country.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2009
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CommentWire

Unilever: shrewd investment should aid recovery from Q1 profit decline

Consumer packaged goods company Unilever has announced an overall decline in sales and profits for the first three months of 2009. The firm has been hit by falling sales in developed countries, although growth has been seen in emerging markets. Many consumers have traded down as their disposable income shrinks, but investment from Unilever should ensure that it remains in a strong position.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2009
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Mexican outsourcing delivery could be impacted by swine flu

Concerns over swine flu outbreaks in Mexico have led to many governments issuing warnings against non-essential travel to the country. Considering the existing worries over ongoing border violence, as well as potential agent absence, this virus could have a negative impact on the Mexican contact center outsourcing sector.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2009
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CommentWire

Australia: falling profits at major banks reduce chance of rate cuts being passed on to consumers

Major Australian banks ANZ and NAB have issued their interim results for the six months ending in March, revealing falling profits due to the rising cost of bad debts. The six-month profit of the former sank by 43%, while the latter's experienced a drop of 9.4%. These disappointing results make it more likely that the banks will at least partly hold on to any subsequent Reserve Bank rate cut.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2009

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