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Bulgaria's move to import gas should trigger market development

If Bulgaria proceeds with potential plans to begin importing Egyptian gas, the move will have positive effects on its small, though potentially much larger, gas market. However, given Bulgaria's role as a transit state, the benefits of increased security and diversity of supply arising from the Egyptian imports will also be felt elsewhere in the region.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2006
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CEZ makes smart move with Varna plant buy

CEZ's acquisition of the Varna coal plant in Bulgaria would, at first sight, appear to be a challenging acquisition to make given the lack of competitive intensity in Bulgaria and ever-tightening environmental legislation. However, it is in fact a judicious move given the expected development of the market and the access to lucrative carbon emissions credits likely to come with the plant.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2006
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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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Gas pipelines: ensuring energy supply versus increasing market access

As discussions about the development of Europe's gas corridor continue, Bulgaria's energy minister has announced that the biggest two projects will "most probably" get derogation from the regulatory framework, which aims to improve competitor access to pipeline networks. This would be a setback for EU policy, but the union needs to face economic realities while improving energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2011
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CommentWire

Kingfisher: franchising scheme to lead to swift expansion

The UK-based Kingfisher is set to introduce a franchise model as part of its long-term growth plans, which are to be announced in the first quarter of 2011. This initiative will enable Kingfisher to expand quickly, reduce the impact of difficult trading conditions in the UK and increase its hold over the European market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Oct 2010
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CommentWire

LUKOIL: aiming high in Central Europe

Published By Datamonitor
24 Oct 2001
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Maxima: Baltic Tigers' leading grocer still roaring

Despite the downturn facing the once booming Baltic Tiger States, sales at Maxima were up 31.4% to LTL4.79 billion (E1.38 billion) for the first six months of 2008. The outlook remains positive for Maxima, as sales are being boosted by price conscious consumers' attraction to its stores. Meanwhile, expansion in Bulgaria could provide a significant growth opportunity for Maxima outside the Baltics.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2008
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MOL: one step closer to acquiring Croatia's INA

Hungary-based MOL's long-held ambition of acquiring Croatian firm INA is one step closer to reality now that it has become the largest shareholder in the company, after purchasing many of the shares issued in a free float. Further talks are underway regarding MOL's desire to purchase some or all of Croatian government's remaining share, while Austria's OMV is keeping an unexpectedly low profile.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2008
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New household products review: air fresheners get literal with "fresh air" makeover

An air freshener propelled only by "fresh air" heads this month's rundown of the latest novel launches from the household goods industry. In other news, detergent and skincare brands have partnered in an unusual alliance, while the line between napkins and household paper towels has been blurred through an interesting new launch.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2011
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New household products review: shedding light on pet odors

Odor elimination features in this month's rundown of the latest household goods launches, with one producer suggesting that pet odors can be removed at the flick of a switch, while another has utilized volcanic crystals. Other novel launches include a household paper manufacturer optimizing the space in the center of toilet rolls, and another turning tissue into a medical testing kit.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2011

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