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AA/Saga: insurer looks set to benefit from proposed in-house credit hire operations

In a move to tackle the costs associated with credit hire, AA/Saga plans to bring its arrangements in-house. Credit hire costs are a major source of claims inflation for motor insurers, and bringing credit hire in-house could generate a lucrative side line, while also giving it greater control over a key driver in claims costs.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2009
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CommentWire

AA: the road to success

After its recent acquisition by private equity houses CVC and Permira, the AA has announced a major restructuring including an exit from the car servicing business and cutbacks of up to 1,300 jobs. The moves will create a more efficient, streamlined and profitable company.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2004
Expert View
Expert View

AAN 2012: Novartis presents new data in an attempt to boost confidence in long-term use of Gilenya

In keeping with American Academy of Neurology meetings of recent years, multiple sclerosis once again dominated proceedings at AAN 2012. Novartis used the platform to present new data from the extension FREEDOMS II trial to support the long-term use of Gilenya, and provided Phase II results for siponimod in relapse remitting multiple sclerosis.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2012
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Expert View

AAN 2012: research shows value of early disease identification, but caution in treatment is advised

At AAN 2012, Merck Serono presented data from a long-term study showing that early Rebif treatment significantly reduced the clinical progression of multiple sclerosis. However, early intervention should be used cautiously to avoid unnecessary treatment.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2012
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CommentWire

Abbey National/Bank of Scotland: they've started, but will they finish?

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2000
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CommentWire

Abbey National/Credit Suisse: bailing out insurance

The day after the UK's FSA moved to reassure investors about the safety of the life and pensions sector, two more life insurers were forced to turn to their parents for funding. Although insurance companies claim they can withstand further equity falls, many are likely to be forced into strong measures, including capital injections and redemption penalties - or even closing to new business.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2002
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CommentWire

Abbey National/Homebase: bank improvements

It's another innovative move from Abbey National, which has also opened coffee shops in its branches and launched a similar scheme with Safeway. And it's certainly good to see a UK bank experimenting with its branch distribution strategies. But it's too early to say whether or not the venture will actually work.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2002
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CommentWire

Abbey National/Orange: making life less complicated

It's another innovative move from Abbey National: customers will soon be able to get cash and talk time for their mobiles with one visit to an ATM. The new scheme looks set to be a winner, with similar programs already successfully implemented elsewhere in the world. Abbey is clearly the UK's leading bank in developing novel distribution strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2002
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CommentWire

Abbey National: a beleaguered bank

It appears as if Abbey National may be forced to axe 3,000 jobs - 10% of its workforce - as part of a cost cutting review. Cutting 3,000 employees from its workforce would save the bank GBP100 million. Adding to its current problems, it still hasn't even found a new CEO.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2002
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CommentWire

Abbey National: a game of two halves

Though painful, the split of Abbey's core personal finance unit from its loss making businesses may be just the tonic the bank needs. The bank's successful UK personal finance units will be insulated from what goes on elsewhere within the group, and a speedier sale of the unwanted businesses will benefit the company as a whole.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2003

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