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Beer sales are still suffering from a recessionary hangover

Data released by the British Beer & Pub Association in October 2010 show that beer sales in the three months to the end of September were down by 10% compared to the same period last year. This is the worst quarterly rate of decline since the association's records began. Evidently consumers are still harboring a recessionary mindset, which is affecting even affordable luxuries such as beer.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010
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Celgene: increased 2010 revenue forecast highlights company's ambition

Celgene has posted an increase in its Q3 and year-to-date sales compared to 2009 figures, which has led the company to raise its own 2010 total revenue forecasts from $3.45 billion to $3.6 billion. The company is expected to grow further out to 2015, as its looks to expand its global market share and product portfolio.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010
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Standard Life Wealth: looking to attract regional customers with a lower investment threshold

Standard Life Wealth is to initiate various strategies in order to help it with its planned expansion drive. These include halving its threshold to GBP500,000, and headhunting staff from competitors to man its new regional offices, the first of which is to be opened in Birmingham. This is a shrewd move, considering the new office will have over 11,000 potential new clients in its catchment area.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010
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Feed-in tariffs in Germany: consumers are paying the price for renewable energy development

The German Renewable Act has successfully increased renewable energy capacity from 6% of total generation capacity in 2000 to 16% in 2009. However, in order to compensate for higher demand, lower wholesale prices and last year's levy deficit, German consumers will have to foot a bill of E13.5 billion in 2011. This should be a warning to other countries of the immediate costs of such policies.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2010
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The logistics and express industry may be recovering, but fresh challenges await

According to Datamonitor research, the global logistics and express market is expected to have recovered from the downturn and grown by almost 9% to reach a value of more than $3 trillion in 2010. However, as the market finally recovers, the pressure on companies to demonstrate value and find ways to achieve profitable growth will become increasingly apparent.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2010
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UK pensions: changes to tax relief may lead to widespread reviews of savings

The British government has issued a proposal that will limit tax relief on pensions to contributions of GBP50,000 per year, a sharp decrease from the current annual allowance of GBP255,000. The change is likely to dissuade the wealthy from saving for a pension, making it essential for providers and advisors to encourage consumers to regularly review their financial position ahead of retirement.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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Petrobras: increased government involvement has raised anxieties among minority investors

Petrobras has raised $70 billion through a share offering, making it the fourth biggest company by market capitalization in the world. Although the deal provides the company with much-need capital, there is an undercurrent of anxiety among investors over the fact that the Brazilian government now owns almost half of the company, as this may well pose a challenge to its future productivity.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2010
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Ofgem's RIIO: the decarbonization of Britain's energy networks at GBP6 per household per year

After two years of consultation, Ofgem has finalized its new network regulation model. RIIO will replace RPI-X, which for 20 years has served Britain well in keeping network charges low and encouraging investment. However, as the government tries to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy capacity, Britain's existing grid infrastructure is in need of a significant overhaul.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2010
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Will the fuel duty increase lead to greater acceptance of green cars?

On October 1, 2010, the taxation levied on fuel in the UK will increase by 1p to 58.19p per liter for petrol and diesel, pushing the cost of fuel ever closer to prices experienced in 2008. While such a price hike may negatively affect both motorists and sales of petrol- and diesel-driven cars, it could prove beneficial to makers of hybrid-electric vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2010
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Whyte & Mackay boosts spirits portfolio with UK distribution rights for Cockspur

For Whyte & Mackay, gaining the distribution rights for a brand in the fast-growing and lucrative golden rum segment will complement other areas of its spirits brand portfolio. Furthermore, this deal should offer a growth opportunity for Cockspur Rum, allowing it to compete in a segment where only a handful of key brands play.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Sep 2010

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