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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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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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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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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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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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Heineken: has successfully offset declining sales volumes but must now explore new strategies

An expected drop in revenues for Heineken has been more than canceled out through cost-cutting measures and a shrewd pricing strategy. While beer volumes have suffered during the recession, this can be seen as the continuation of a more established trend. Plant closures have helped Heineken to reduce costs, but future profits will need to be driven by alternative methods.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2009
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Goldman Sachs: commitment to asset management does not herald wider change in sector trends

Goldman Sachs intends not just to hold on to its asset management business, but to actively grow it going forward. Its plans stand in contrast to the global trend of large universal banks exiting, dividing or reducing their asset management businesses. While the argument for retention is not without merit, there is unlikely to be any let-up in the trend away from asset managers any time soon.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2009
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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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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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Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth brings scale but will fail to deliver sustainable sales growth

The Pfizer-Wyeth merger will create a prescription pharmaceutical company of unprecedented scale. The combined entity would have recorded total company sales in excess of $70 billion and prescription pharmaceutical sales of over $60 billion in 2008. However, the deal is not a solution to the companies' declining sales outlooks, and profit growth will only be achieved through further cost cutting.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009

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