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Abbey: short-term solution

By cutting the payouts to its life insurance policyholders, Abbey [ABBE.L] has avoided the wrath of its investors. The move may have plugged the financial gap in the short-term but it has not solved the underlying cash flow problems faced by Abbey's life division.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2004
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CommentWire

Abbott Laboratories: new opportunities from strategic split

The restructuring will allow each new business to develop specific strategies tailored to their distinct markets. This is particularly important for the branded pharmaceutical segment, which is forecast to see low growth over the next five years. Datamonitor expects steady growth from the new medical products company and lower risk for stockholders, itself a primary driver behind this event.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2011
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Expert View

Abbott's flu vaccine business may represent a good deal for acquisitive drug makers

According to media reports, pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories is looking to auction off its influenza vaccine business in a deal that could be worth up to $600m. Abbott's established link to the Russian flu market and its advanced cell-based technology make the business an attractive prospect for would-be buyers, which may include the likes of GlaxoSmithKline and MedImmune.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

ABC Insurance: LV= expands general insurance business

LV= has announced that its new broker division, ABC Insurance, is scheduled to launch in June 2007. The launch will add a new brand, an additional distribution channel, and a strong management team to LV='s proposition; moving it one step closer to its ambitious aim of becoming a top five UK general insurer.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2007
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Abercrombie & Fitch: will it be another Gap story?

US casualwear brand Abercrombie & Fitch opened its first store outside North America on March 22 in London. The company plans to open flagship stores in other European cities, as well as in Japan, as it grows into a global brand. The question is whether it will achieve success with its typically American style or end up with Gap's core problem - being unable to adapt to different markets.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2007
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CommentWire

Aberdeen Asset Management: bleak investment house

UK asset manager Aberdeen's stock keeps plummeting, and its future looks bleak. In the eyes of many investors, the company is reaping the rewards of its ill-gotten gains from the TMT bubble. Aberdeen may end up as the compensatory head that UK investors are served on a platter - and some might view this as just deserts.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2002
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CommentWire

Aberdeen Asset Management: future gains may eclipse current pain

Virtually all of Aberdeen Asset Management's GBP88 million pre-tax loss for 2004 can be attributed to costs associated with a settlement agreed with the UK Financial Services Authority. The company is now able to draw a line under its problems and focus on building on positive underlying trends. Among investors however, the impact of split capital investment trusts mis-selling can still be seen.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2005
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CommentWire

Aberdeen Asset Management: letting the dust settle

Aberdeen Asset Management is attempting to rebuild shareholder confidence in itself by selling six retail investment contracts, representing GBP1.85 billion of assets under management, to New Star. The sales are intended to reassure investors unnerved by Aberdeen's leading role in the split capital trust scandal. However, given time, Aberdeen is expected to re-enter this market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

Aberdeen/Yeoman: a splitting headache

The market downturn has caused split capital trusts to collapse, with no end in sight to the bad news. The effect has been exacerbated as many split capitals borrowed money to invest in each other's shares, now creating a downward spiral. Given that these investments were sold as 'low risk', burned customers would be right to question the value of their financial advisors' advice.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2002
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ABI uses SoP extension as bargaining chip

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is driving a hard bargain by extending the Statement of Principles (SoP) by only a month. Other stopgap extensions will follow until it can reach a deal with the government based on its Flood Re model.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2013

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