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Poland: new retail laws could give service stations more business

The Polish government has passed legislation to increase the number of statutory holidays for workers within the retail sector. However, while some have argued that this new law automatically spells bad news for supermarkets, it is likely that they will be able to partially counter any negative effects by selling consumer products through their service stations, which are exempt from the new law.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2007
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Success of GDF-Suez merger may be limited by their financial differences

The merger of French giants GDF and Suez will create a new company that is placed squarely among the top echelon of energy utilities worldwide, with a combined market capitalization of E90 billion. However, while the merger may have many benefits, the firm's dissimilar financial positions, and the forced divesture of important assets, may raise numerous questions about the rationality of the deal.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2007
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GDF-Suez merger: opportunities for new entrants

The divesture of certain assets by GDF and Suez to appease European Commission conditions for their planned merger is an excellent opportunity for other energy players to augment their gas and electricity portfolios in some of western Europe's key energy markets.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Sep 2007
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EU energy market reforms meet mixed response

The EU has unveiled the third tranche of its liberalization package aimed at overhauling the European energy sector. The reforms focus on the setup of state-owned utilities and reiterate the EU's plans to enforce network unbundling. However, while anxious energy giants have been vocal in their opposition to the reforms, dissatisfied reformers are accusing the EU of not going far enough.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2007
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French energy retail: EDF has high hopes for Bleu Ciel brand

French state-owned electricity supplier EDF has recently launched a new residential customer brand called Bleu Ciel d'EDF. Bleu Ciel appears to be a differentiation in brand designed to help EDF increase its gas market share and to assist customers in their endeavors to reduce their electricity consumption, and therefore their carbon emissions.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2007
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French gas retail: network system access is integral to competition

As in many other EU markets, the French gas distribution systems are owned and operated by utilities that are also involved in retail operations. A key example of this is distribution system operator GDF. Evidently, this situation is problematic, as there is real potential for conflicts of interest for the retail suppliers and their affiliated network businesses.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2007
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EDF to continue international expansion strategy

EDF chairman Pierre Gadonneix has been quoted by the Financial Times as saying that he plans to make further investments outside of the EU in response to European energy market liberalization. Given the market share that EDF is likely to lose in the wake of liberalization, this is a judicious move, particularly because of the firm's leading nuclear capabilities.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2007
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Biofuels: production guarantee could allay environmental concerns

The Brazilian government has proposed a scheme whereby it would offer an environmental seal of approval for its biofuel exports. While this is a response to possible punitive measures against current production methods, the certification scheme provides an innovative approach to the biofuels problem, and offers fuel retailers a means of differentiating themselves from their competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2008
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UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008
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Systeme U making a U-turn on E85

Systeme U is to stop selling E85 bioethanol at its filling stations, while other fuel retailers have demonstrated a reluctance to install E85 pumps. Plans to stop selling the fuel are being driven by a lack of consumer demand, perhaps because the French government has not yet developed a taxation system that offers sufficient incentives for motorists to purchase E85 vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2008

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