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Petrom: companies line up for sell-off

Out of the eight companies interested in Petrom, PKN Orlen [PKN.WA], MOL [MOL.BU] and OMV [OMV.MU] are believed to be the real contenders. Each of the three is keen to grow significantly in central and eastern Europe. Given the cost will be more than $1 billion, however, it is likely they will consider joining forces.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Renault: cheap and cheerful

The Logan is the first vehicle in Renault's [RNO.PA] X90 series, which is at the heart of its strategy to target emerging markets. Renault's concept of producing budget vehicles under a different brand identity should prove successful in those regions, where affordability is key. However, it runs the risk of denting its image if it compromises too much on the build quality of the vehicle.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

OMV / MOL: fueling competition in central Europe

OMV has sold its 25% stake in Rompetrol and is now free to pursue its development aspirations in the growing Romanian fuel retail market. This is fundamental at a time when core regional rival MOL has announced that it will be updating and rebranding its recently acquired Shell sites in Romania by September of this year.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Petrom: leaving the past behind

Petrom has announced its intention to introduce a new administration system for some of its Romanian gas stations in a bid to create and then expand its franchise segment. This move is a positive step towards liberalization, bringing the company in line with more developed western European markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Nestle/Delta: freezing out European rivals

Although Nestle's acquisition of Delta Ice Cream comes at a relatively high price, it makes strategic sense. Through small, bolt-on acquisitions such as this, Nestle is successfully trading up to a more premium portfolio and securing a foothold in growth markets such as Romania. The buy will also bolster Nestle's position in the global ice cream market and see it gain ground on archrival Unilever.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Erste Bank/BCR: an expensive but valuable foothold in CEE

The largest remaining state-owned bank in central and eastern Europe has become part of the Erste Bank empire after the Austrian firm paid E3.7 billion for a controlling stake in Romania's BCR Bank. Indeed, with the majority of the large central European banking markets already dominated by western players, future expansionists may have to look further east to achieve their goals.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

CEZ: generation assets should be future goal in Romania

To fulfill its vision of becoming a leading utility in southeast Europe, CEZ has submitted a second bid in the Romanian power market. This bid is for the fifth of eight distribution companies being privatized, and CEZ's willingness to spend over E300 million on Electrica Multenia Sud after its 2005 investment of E151 million on Electrica Oltenia highlights the importance of this burgeoning market.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2006
Expert View
Expert View

New drinks review: innovation on-the-go

On-the-go consumption continues to be a key factor in beverage development, as the latest launches recorded by the Productscan Online database illustrate. An instant flavor enhancer for coffee and a dry formula vitamin-enriched smoothie are among the new drinks launches reviewed by Vicky McCrorie in the latest monthly round up...

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Every drop helps on Europe's forecourts

In mature western European markets where fuel demand growth is stable and traditional suppliers are cutting their networks, supermarkets are driving efficiency gains. At either end of the scale, Spain and Italy contrast as excellent examples of efficient fuel retailing, the former being the most proficient vendor of fuel in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2006
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Expert View

Going east represents a sound strategy for Europe's utilities

Two recent developments show how western energy utilities are increasingly turning their attention to the opportunities in central and eastern Europe. While shorter term market dynamics mean that these markets often remain challenging environments to operate in, their longer term development potential mean that gaining early mover advantage in central and eastern Europe is a judicious move.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2006

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