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TotalFinaElf: strong growth despite poor results

French oil major TotalFinaElf has reported Q2 profits of E1.5 billion, compared to E2.5 billion the previous year. Exclusion of non-recurring items reduces the drop to 23% and strong production growth has helped to offset weak energy prices. The results compare favorably with other oil majors, but exposure to Argentina's troubles is yet to be accounted for.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

EdF: time to count the pennies

EdF, the French electricity utility, has announced that it is planning to implement tough cost-cutting programs to see itself through financial hardship. Although the company insists that it is not an "asset seller", some minor and non-strategic foreign interests might be disposed of to balance the books.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

French energy: foreign expansion still on the cards

Two years before their planned privatization, dominant French energy suppliers EdF and GdF are lobbying for a substantial capital raising exercise as part of their flotation. Both companies are known for their hunger for foreign assets and are looking for additional strategic acquisitions. At present, however, expansion could prove tough for struggling EdF.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

EU energy: coal overcapacity will go gently

Germany and France will be allowed to spend an additional combined amount of E2.5 billion in state aid to the two countries' coal industries. This is designed to reduce the significant remaining overcapacity in Europe's coal production while tempering the social cost of pit closures.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

EdF: no more free rides

Determined to spur competition across the European energy market, the EC is set to take action against France's dominant electricity company EdF for receiving illegal government help. Should such action take place, EdF would lose the support it needs to sustain its European expansion. Tougher actions are also needed in the German gas market where true competition is yet to be seen.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Cross-selling: 33% of Europeans open to using fuel retailers for car servicing

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2002
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CommentWire

EdF/Enel: marrying for dual nationality privileges

EdF, the French electricity giant, and Enel, the Italian former monopoly, are discussing a deal that could see the two companies gain a foothold in each other's markets. This would present viable business strategies for two former monopolies faced with an inexorable market share decline at home.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2003
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Alstom: super critical technology provides bright spot

Tying up with local player BHEL is the right strategy for Alstom in India. It spreads the Indian power sector's political and market risk with a local company that is well poised to win the major super critical power plant contracts that are on the horizon.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2003
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CommentWire

Electrabel: slow but steady in France

Electrabel is one of few successful new entrants in the French power market, and is looking to develop its position further through an increased stake in Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR). Electrabel already operates a marketing partnership with CNR, which has been one of the few companies to win business from EdF, and Electrabel is obviously keen to ensure further success.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2003
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Siemens: ready to steal Alstom's jewel

As one of the few areas of the power generation market where it really excels, selling the industrial gas turbine business will be a major blow for Alstom. Siemens would be getting a business that fits extremely neatly with its current portfolio and would add significant extra value.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2003

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