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AG Barr: strong growth in 2009/10 sales gives hope to firms in the industry

AG Barr expects sales for 2009/10 to reach GBP220m, with profits also set to increase. The group has performed well despite difficult conditions in a category that continues to be maligned due to health concerns. Soft drinks remain affordable and occasional treats in the eyes of consumers, and this success further shows that companies in the sector can still prosper during recession.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2010
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UK: consumer confidence slowly on the rise as economy returns to growth

Government statistics released at the end of January indicate that the UK economy has returned to growth for the first time in 18 months. While the economy will continue to grow over the next two quarters as consumer sentiment improves, Datamonitor predicts that this growth will be only moderate, rather than the strong rebound that some have predicted.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2010
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Personal Accounts: time to help feather the NEST

The Personal Accounts Delivery Authority has announced that the new national workplace pensions scheme is to be called the National Employment Savings Trust. While it hopes that the rebrand will boost pension uptake, providers still need to help make the industry more viable and sustainable with flexible solutions.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 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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Alcohol: the WHO's policy on alcohol tax could spell danger for industry

Higher prices for alcohol are being advocated by the World Health Organization as an effective method of reducing abuse of the substance, in what could be another blow for an industry that has suffered in several countries during the global recession. More price rises could exacerbate the situation for many brewers, which will need to budget carefully if taxes rise again.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2010
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Central and Eastern Europe provides opportunities for the cards industry despite the recession

The impact of the financial crisis has been felt across Europe, but that does not mean that opportunities in the card industry have dried up. In the face of contraction across the west of the continent there will be moderate growth in Central and Eastern Europe during 2010, and this will become stronger from 2011, showing that there are still good prospects for issuers with the right strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2010
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China: market liberalization looks set to heighten international interest

In a landmark move, China has taken a step closer to a liberalized financial market by approving a trial launch of stock index futures, margin lending and short selling. These changes in China's notoriously strict regulations allow greater flexibility for investors and financial services companies to gain from the developments of the world's fastest growing major economy.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2010
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DHL offloads UK businesses as part of post-recession strategy

DHL's recent sale of two businesses in the UK is a stark reminder of the effects of the economic slowdown, and how large companies are spinning off their loss-making business arms to niche players in an attempt to increase profitability. In these challenging times, specialized businesses will face increased scrutiny and may be offloaded if they are not profitable.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2010
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Heineken: price increase highlights the woes of the UK on-trade

Heineken has announced that its UK beer prices will rise by around 4% as of February 1, 2010, attributing the move to the continuing rise in costs seen in its business. However, while this price rise may help cover Heineken's increasing expenditure, the brewer and its industry peers must ensure that they continue to attract custom to the troubled UK on-trade.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2010
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European fleet market: set to recover by 2011

As a result of the collapse of the banking sector in 2008, credit, even for well-established companies, became dearer, which curtailed the growth of the fleet industry. However, lessors have looked for ways to mitigate this drop in business, and as the global economy begins to show signs of recovery, the European fleet market looks set to follow suit, albeit very slowly at first.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Dec 2009

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