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US rail freight traffic: slow economic recovery prevents rebound

The US rail freight industry faces a trading environment blunted by a sluggish economic recovery and a weakened automotive sector. Although economic gains in Q3 2009, along with the government's recent car scrappage scheme, have offered hope for a revival of the US freight industry, the expected withdrawal of stimulus packages next year is likely to undermine this recovery.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2009
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UK: sales of ale increase

The UK's beer sector continues to register a decline, but recent figures demonstrate possibilities in specific categories, with some brewers reporting growth in ale sales. These latest results show that opportunities still exist for the UK beer market, and that a re-aligning of strategies and product portfolios may reap rewards in this sector.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
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UK: lower drink-driving limits are being considered

Proposals have been mooted in the UK to cut the drink-driving limit, with the government considering a number of options that could see it lowered to the level used in the majority of mainland Europe. This could further negatively impact the struggling on-trade market by making driving to social occasions less attractive, but focusing on responsible drinking remains paramount.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2009
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FedEx forays into the highly competitive domestic express market in India

The entry of major multinational transport and logistics firms into the Indian domestic CEP market continues, with FedEx unveiling new offerings for the segment. Considering that other firms such as Deccan 360 and major airlines are meanwhile planning to introduce dedicated freighters to the express and cargo sector, the market share of smaller local express companies is expected to suffer.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2009
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Merger signals more pain for building societies

In order to strengthen capital reserves and build a more efficient organization, Yorkshire Building Society and Chelsea Building Society have announced plans to merge. While this may signal good news for those involved, further consolidation, increased competition from banks and retailers, and regulatory pressures may soon lead to the overall decline of the building society model.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2009
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The Queen's Speech: flood proposals will be welcomed by the insurance industry

The Floods and Water Management Bill is to be brought forward in an attempt to improve flood management. This a positive step for property insurers, since it is designed to mitigate the effects of flooding and therefore reduce the chances of property insurers being hit by claims costs anything like as high as those experienced following the 2007 summer floods.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2009
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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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Hedging and softening: stage management of the prospects for a Copenhagen agreement

The incoming 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) president and Danish minister for climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, has be keen to emphasize that the upcoming UN climate change conference absolutely must deliver a politically binding framework that tackles global climate change. However, there is a real possibility that a substantive agreement will not be reached.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Nov 2009
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Devon Cider: set for a more rosy future under its new owner

UK cider maker the Devon Cider Company has been acquired by its rival Aston Manor Brewery after going into administration at the end of September. As well as saving 50 jobs, the purchase should enhance Aston's portfolio of ciders, enabling it to benefit more widely from the continued appeal of such beverages in the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2009
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ANZ: bad debts partly offset by consumers' preference for major banks

On October 29, ANZ revealed that increased bad debts would reduce its profits for the 2009 financial year by 11% to A$2.94 billion, although there were also positive aspects to the company's results, with its revenues rising by 17%. Large banks such as ANZ need to exploit their size advantage to maintain market share as the economy recovers.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2009

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