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CommentWire
CommentWire

Mortgage approvals: increase could herald start of a turnaround

Alongside the news that the number of UK mortgage approvals has risen for the third month in a row, HSBC shareholders have backed a cash call from the bank, despite the problems faced by other banks with recent rights issues. While doom and gloom still shrouds the city, these could be early signs that renewed confidence among investors is starting to infiltrate the markets.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2009
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Ofgem may be at a crossroads over distribution price control

The natural monopolies of the UK's distribution networks are currently under price control review, in which their earnings for 2010 to 2015 will be defined. With potential greater scrutiny of other industries' regulators by the legislator due to the perceived failures of the FSA, Ofgem must find a balance that allows investment to be made in new technologies and environmental concerns to be met.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2009
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Repsol-Lukoil tie-up remains plausible

In late November 2008 Datamonitor suggested that, although unlikely, the chances of Lukoil's bid for a stake in Repsol YPF succeeding were not as remote as many assumed due to two potential developments: shareholders' desperation to offload their stake in Repsol, and Lukoil's capacity to absorb them. By these measures, the deal now appears to have become more likely.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Casino's diversification drives growth

Casino had a buoyant year in 2008, with sales rising 14.9% to E28.7 billion and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization up 8.5% to E1.9 billion. Diversification played a fundamental role in this success, allowing the company to cater to changing consumer behavior in France. The group's multi-format, international spread should help it to weather the current economic storm.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2009
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Will border violence hurt offshore outsourcing into Mexico?

Drug-related violence in communities on the US/Mexican border has received significant media attention in recent weeks, and could potentially cause concern among outsourcers and their clients with contact center deployments in Mexico. However, Datamonitor believes that serious investors need to look at the long-term value that can be derived from this established national market.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kirin: buys stake in San Miguel Brewery

The purchase of a large stake in San Miguel Brewery will allow Kirin to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Asia and benefit from large sales in the Philippines thanks to the established market position of the target company. This deal should advance Kirin's aim to become a market leader in Asia Pacific over the coming years.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2009
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CommentWire

Thorntons: business is less than sweet in the downturn

Despite achieving strong results in fiscal 2008, Thorntons is struggling to cope under the pressures of the downturn, reporting falling profits in its most recent half-year results. The company will need to work hard to convince shoppers that its products are affordable luxuries that are worth indulging in during harder times.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

HSBC: rebranding its global private banking operations

HSBC has announced that it is to rebrand its global private banking operations amid concerns in the wider industry over the rebuilding of fee income and client confidence. This could be an effective approach, but only if it comes as part of a broader business transformation.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2009
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Government minister admits UK in worst recession in 100 years

Gordon Brown's former economic adviser, Ed Balls, has effectively repeated comments made by the Bank of England's deputy governor last October by asserting that the economy is experiencing the worst recession in over a century. While the government may downplay the sentiment, there's no avoiding this reality: unemployment and inflation will ensure a long and painful recovery for the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2009
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Genesys: cements course with acquisitions of SDE and Conseros

Software developer Genesys has acquired SDE and Conseros, allowing the company to offer customer service solutions that better integrate the contact center into the greater enterprise. While Genesys has definitively staked out its future course with this new investment, it remains to be seen whether its customers will be as receptive to its newly integrated products.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2009

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