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Pear cider: recent success shows the potential in updating a product's image

Pear cider is currently enjoying a renaissance in the UK, with the leading brands recording buoyant sales as a result of the drink's success as a less sweet alternative to apple cider. The success of the product shows how a once out of fashion beverage can be revived by clever marketing.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Aug 2009
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CommentWire

Starbucks: new pricing strategy aims to preserve both quality and quantity

In order to combat the current economic downturn, Starbucks has made significant changes to its prices in the US, by lowering the cost of its standard drinks while at the same time raising the prices of its specialty drinks. In doing so, the US coffee giant hopes to maintain both its sales volumes and its premium brand values, and hopefully exit the recession relatively unscathed.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2009
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CommentWire

London restaurants: seeing unexpected success, but future tax rises could leave a bitter taste

Restaurants in the capital have fared better than expected in 2009, with a below-average number of venues having closed during the last 12 months. Appearances can be deceptive, however, and next year may be more challenging should the beneficial effects of short-term stimuli be removed.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2009
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CommentWire

SUS: insurer launches innovative cover to cater to the needs of recessionary consumers

Salisbury Underwriting Services has announced the launch of a new insurance product aimed at employees fearful of losing their job and not being able to secure one of comparable pay. The product is likely to find particular favor among consumers that are worried about job security due to the recession, and feel that their financial situation will only worsen in the months ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Aug 2009
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CommentWire

Friends Provident: looking for a Resolution

Investment firm Resolution has seized the opportunity to consolidate what it sees as a slow-moving life industry by acquiring Friends Provident for GBP1.86 billion. Considering the fragmented nature of the industry, this deal may kick-start further consolidation within the life insurance sector. However, the industry must be cautious of the insurer heavyweights that will emerge in its wake.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Aug 2009
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IMF issues warning on European credit card time bomb

The global financial body has claimed that the UK will be particularly hard hit as part of its warning about potential European losses of over GBP100 billion, representing 7% of the continent's consumer debt. If so, industry players will have to tread carefully as they attempt to maneuver through a poor economic environment and deal with low public support.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2009
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JDA Software's strong performance highlights the changing dynamics of the tech industry

JDA Software's strong financial performance for Q2 2009 demonstrates that not all technology vendors are in dire straits. Meanwhile, interesting trends are starting to emerge, with revenue mixes expected to shift as increased budgetary pressure reduces maintenance spend and delivery models evolve.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2009
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CommentWire

Nutricia: Advertising Standards Authority clamps down

Adverts for Nutricia's Cow & Gate baby milk in the UK have been questioned over misleading wording and banned due to ambiguous nutrition claims. This casts a spotlight on the growing regulation of advertising and draws attention to the likely effects of controversy on companies operating in different demographic segments.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2009
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CommentWire

Sara Lee: saves pounds by losing less than an inch

Sara Lee, a provider of consumer goods, has announced a small reduction in packaging size, shrinking the plastic tub that contains one of its products by less than a quarter of an inch. While this may seem like a minor change, it and others like it could bring about a great difference in making the firm's packaging more sustainable.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2009
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Europe: a potential threat emerging for international payment schemes

A group is likely to be formed to support the creation of the European debit card payment scheme, posing a threat to MasterCard and Visa. It is becoming evident that players, which are already questioning the duopoly of international schemes as the answer to SEPA, should ensure developments happen on their terms. How viable this will be is unsure, however, given the amount of investment required.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2009

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