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New car sales: Italian slide continues

Figures from the Italian automotive industry body UNRAE have confirmed that the Italian new car market is continuing the year on year decline witnessed in April. While the end of the government's scrappage scheme is bad news for new car manufacturers, second hand dealers will be reaping the benefits.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
29 May 2003
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CommentWire

Equitable Life: not listening

Equitable Life's attempts to increase boardroom members' salaries were blocked by two thirds of policyholders present at the annual meeting. However, the pay increase is likely to go ahead, despite the fierce protests of policyholders. Equitable's decision suggests it is either oblivious or apathetic to policyholder unrest - either way it is not a sound move.

Published By Datamonitor
29 May 2003
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Krispy Kreme: fat profits

Krispy Kreme's profits are up 47% for Q1 2003. While governments and various organizations become increasingly concerned about the obesity phenomenon, consumers themselves remain dedicated to immediate gastronomic pleasures. Self-indulging is proving a hard habit to kick and not all food companies are in a hurry to help.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
29 May 2003
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Vodafone: to buy or to give

Vodafone has resisted pressure to write down its 3G assets as it posted a strong set of year end results. The company still seems to be holding back cash reserves in case suitable acquisitions appear, but it may not find any particularly large takeovers to match its strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2003
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Eli Lilly: breakthrough product development halted

The termination of Generex and Lilly's partnership for the development of Oralin would appear to have left Lilly with a gap in its diabetes pipeline. It may however have opened up possibilities for the development of a more commercially rewarding product.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2003
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CommentWire

Invensys: Baan for Great Atlantic journey

Invensys will be pleased to get rid of loss-making ERP vendor Baan, but it won't be pleased by the price if current rumors are to be believed. There is still a chance of a higher bid, but Baan's low value customers and limited technology won't attract anything high enough to match Invensys' original investment.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2003
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Avon: sales force makeover

Avon has found in recent years that selling just its cosmetics is not enough. In a tough market, selling the job of selling is crucial to building an effective, motivated and ambitious team. Turnover rates in direct selling have always been high, but by making sure reps get a fair cut and are rewarded for responsibility, Avon hopes to change this.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2003
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Tibbett & Britten: filling its boots

Tibbett & Britten has been chosen ahead of rival providers to manage and operate all transport services for Boots. The UK retailer is hoping to make its transport activities simpler and most cost effective, and if Tibbett & Britten can achieve these goals for Boots it should be in an improved position to win similar contracts for other UK companies.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2003
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Northern Rock: taking the white labeling route

Predominantly a mortgage lender, Northern Rock announced its intention to divest its credit card business in February 2003. The move exemplifies the ongoing trend of consolidation in the competitive UK market, and suggests that the white labeling of card portfolios will be increasingly common in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2003
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BT: the debt corrector

BT has continued to take giant strides away from its debt-ridden past with a sharp increase in profit and the growth of a substantial new revenue stream from broadband Internet access. With strong progress at its formerly problematic Global Services businesses as well, the company has established a firm foundation for the coming year.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2003

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