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SDL to raise profile with Tridion buy

SDL has announced that it is to acquire web content management vendor Tridion, in a move that will see the company's products combine to allow organizations to manage the delivery of all information in local languages to a global audience using the web. This should provide SDL with a real competitive advantage, as well as raising its profile in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2007
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Dutch brewers: trouble brewing as the EC flexes its muscle

The European Commission has imposed its seventh largest ever fine on Heineken, and penalized Grolsch and Bavaria, for stifling competition in the Netherlands beer market through coordinated price fixing. Although it is unlikely to impact on each of the company's long-term performance, it should alert the rest of the industry to the fact that anti-competitive action will not be tolerated.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2007
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Nuon: shareholders holding out for a better deal

The proposed merger between Dutch utilities Nuon and Essent has hit the buffers, with two Dutch provinces which own 23% of Nuon opposing the planned deal. While it may seem strange that the shareholders would oppose the creation of a new national champion, it could be that they would prefer to hold out for a wealthier suitor such as E.ON or Enel.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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Ahold: disappointing US figures, much work ahead

Ahold's 2006 results reveal a weak US performance and a large task ahead. Ahold's sales reached E44.9 billion, up 2% on 2005. While the Dutch retailer delivered strong growth in its domestic market, the US business, accounting for 70% of turnover, is struggling. Going forward, Ahold needs to reduce debt, return its US and Czech operations to profitability and divest its US foodservice operation.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2007
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Akzo Nobel/Schering-Plough: good deal all round

Following months of speculation, the hybrid Dutch group Akzo Nobel has announced its decision to sell its healthcare business unit following a lucrative $14 billion cash offer from Schering-Plough. The US pharmaceutical company stands to gain access to one of the strongest women's health portfolios in the industry, and a CNS franchise that boasts a potential blockbuster in asenapine.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2007
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New household goods review: New scented products charge onto the market

Manufacturers have introduced a range of novel ways for consumers to deal with bad odors in the home, with Productscan recording the launch of a scented toilet roll, an air freshener designed specifically for baby's dressers, and a fridge freshener that can be recharged to enhance its effectiveness. With launches such as these, every area of the home would appear to be covered.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2007
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Ahold: trouble in the US ongoing

Ahold's strong Q4 trading in the Netherlands could not offset the losses incurred in the US, where long running underperformance continued, even though US like-for-like sales declines were clearly exacerbated by a weak dollar. This could prompt activist shareholders Centaurus and Paulson & Co to step up their pressure on the retailer to break up its operations.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2007
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Nuon/Essent: merger could expose holes in European energy policy

Dutch power and gas firms Nuon and Essent have entered into merger talks, which could result in the formation of an E20 billion utility company. While such a large player would benefit from various synergies and economies of scale, the primary aim of the anticipated merger would be more of a defensive ploy than an attempt by the two companies to augment their market-competitive profile.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2007
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Organon/Pfizer: end of schizophrenic relationship

With an impending IPO, Organon has been dealt a blow with the withdrawal of Pfizer's marketing clout for the potential blockbuster schizophrenia treatment asenapine. In order to maximize the sales return on this late stage candidate, Organon needs to establish another collaboration with a strong US focus to crack the world's biggest market.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2006
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Belpex: one small leap for European wholesale market development

Europe's largest power exporter, France, has agreed to wholesale power market coupling with its lowland neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands. Multinational day-ahead trading is scheduled to commence at Belpex later in November. While this represents a forward step towards a single European energy market, it alone will not redress underlying market inefficiencies.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006

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