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Anadarko/Apache: slipping up on oil

The country's two largest independent oil producers are suffering from lower commodity prices and overcapacity. However, the cyclical nature of the upstream oil market means that their long-term future should still be positive. Their best bet for now is to hold tight and plan for a better future, investing in new reserves that will not come online for a few years.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2002
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ConocoPhillips: not so Mobil anymore

Russia's Lukoil and US-based Sunoco [SUN] have bought a total of 1,180 Mobil-branded gasoline stations on the US eastern seaboard, paying in excess of $450 million between them. The deal will enable the two buyers to increase their presence in the downstream sector, while allowing ConocoPhillips to focus on its core brands.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2004
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Contactless payment: Europe's forecourts are playing catch-up

In Malaysia and the US, credit card usage is high and, as a result, new payment technologies are flourishing. Advancements such as contactless payment have both positive and negative implications for the forecourt retailer. However, given the slow adoption of credit cards in some markets, it will be several years before Europe follows suit.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2005
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Continuing increases of US ethanol exports to the EU will fuel further tension

US corn-based ethanol production has dramatically increased recently, and at times the commodity trades at lower prices than petrol. As US demand is capped due to blending restrictions, the surplus is exported. European ethanol producers are bound to call for investigations into import tariffs if the current US blenders' tax credit is extended.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2010
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Electric cars: still a long way off the mainstream despite new initiatives

A US company is to start a new business that will enable electric car users to swap their empty batteries for recharged cells at refueling sites. However, although this represents a significant step forward in the deployment of the vehicles, there are still a number of drawbacks to the current models that make it unlikely that a wider refueling network will bring electric cars into the mainstream.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2007
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Forecourt retailing: join the breakfast club

As commuting time across Europe creeps upwards, breakfast on the move is becoming increasingly common and forecourt retailers are in a prime position to profit. Concepts such as the Cereality cafe chain in the US, coupled with the adoption of stock rotation techniques to cater for different mealtimes, suggest the time is right for forecourt retailers to innovate with breakfast provision.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2004
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Forecourts set to benefit from $724 billion contactless payment market

The potential value of the global contactless payments market is estimated at $724 billion. These payments are gaining momentum in the US and Asia-Pacific, and developments in Europe are imminent. Furthermore, the speed of the technology's development - from early trials in 2002 to full commercial launches in 2005 - shows the strength of the proposition to issuers, merchants and consumers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2006
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International oil companies: a new vision for biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell's new joint venture with the Brazilian sugar and biofuel goliath Cosan is indicative of a wider industry trend, with international oil companies seeing biofuels as an increasingly attractive investment alternative. Although significant barriers to the uptake of biofuels remain, the participation of these companies could symbolize a new vision for biofuels worldwide.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2010
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McDonald's: greasing the wheels of ethical practices

By deciding to convert its UK delivery vehicles to biofuel, McDonald's has become the latest consumer giant to commit to greener business practices. The retailer no doubt expects the move will help boost its corporate image, which has taken several knocks in recent years. However, it may not improve its image overnight, given its poor ethical track record.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2007
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New drinks review: El Paso launches quick fix cocktail mix

A range of novel drinks packagings have been noted by Productscan Online this month, which are designed to improve the taste of the product and its ability to stand out from the crowd. These include Coors' new beer can and Hain's Smoothies with a 4-way turbo straw. Some unusual dairy products have also recently been launched, from milk made from Kamut wheat, to a cucumber-flavored cow's milk.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006

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