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Procter & Gamble and Unilever: assessing the long-term implications of price-fixing charges

The European Commission has fined both Procter & Gamble and Unilever for operating a price-fixing cartel in the European dishwashing market. This negative publicity comes at a time when rising commodity costs and reduced consumer confidence threaten to negatively impact sales growth, and could even cast a shadow over the companies' commitments to sustainable business practice.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2011
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CommentWire

Anheuser-Busch: buying presence in a growing market

Anheuser-Busch's acquisition of Goose Island marks a change in tack for the brewer that has previously focused on bringing its own ales to the market under the Budweiser name. Perhaps sensing that this branding lacked the necessary authenticity with consumers, it has turned to acquiring a brewer in an element of the market that will be vitally important in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2011
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Account portability in Australia is one step closer, but major challenges remain

One of the key objectives of the new banking reform launched by the Australian government is to conduct a feasibility study for implementing full account number portability. While this is a positive step for consumers, who will be able to keep their account numbers when switching providers, Datamonitor believes that there are major challenges which need to be addressed.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2010
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NFC: US mobile network operators lay their cards on the table

The US near field communication (NFC) market has reached a milestone with the official unveiling of Isis, a joint venture mobile payments platform. Google meanwhile has announced that its updated Android operating system will offer full NFC software support. These developments mark a significant shift in the US NFC market, as major players formalize their intentions and lay out future strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

FDA: caffeinated alcoholic energy drinks stir controversy in the US

After a year-long review the FDA has issued a warning to manufacturers regarding the safety of caffeine in alcoholic energy drinks. A cloud of controversy has since loomed over the validity of this warning, with accusations that it is a breach of consumer rights. However, steps to defend the beverages are likely to lose out to the regulatory powers of the FDA, resulting in an outright drinks ban.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2010
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Christmas 2010: the best Christmas for retailers since 2007

Verdict Research forecasts that Christmas 2010 will be the best Christmas for retailers since the recession hit in 2008, despite the impending government spending cuts and associated job losses. Consumers are set to spend an extra GBP1.6bn this year compared with Christmas 2009, with clothing, food & grocery, and health & beauty producing the largest increases.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

The extraction of gas from ice-bound reserves is challenging but possible

A team of Japanese and Canadian scientists have inched closer to unlocking massive reserves of ice-bound natural gas, known as natural gas hydrate or methane clathrate, in the Canadian Arctic. While successful and profitable extraction remains elusive, the development of viable extraction techniques is the key to exploiting the abundance of natural gas hydrate reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

Towry: focus on high net worth investments may prove promising for banks

Towry's new business strategy involves focusing on clients with investments of GBP100,000 or more, which has prompted the company to close the smallest client accounts of less than GBP5,000 in assets. Should this strategic shift represent a wider market dynamic, this will present a significant opportunity for banks to absorb those investment clients left on the wayside.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2010
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Changes to air cargo security will have repercussions on the industry and the wider economy

The discovery of two bomb devices en route to the US has resulted in proposals to tighten air cargo security. Yet, without standard security measures which are internationally applicable, this will be difficult to enforce. Meanwhile, more stringent restrictions may adversely impact wider economies as a whole, with many sectors depending on timely cargo deliveries.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

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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