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BNP Paribas: making deals

French giant BNP Paribas will buy Cogent from Australia's AMP. The move is one of a string of deals that BNP Paribas has pursued as part of its international expansion, proving there is some conviction behind its global aspirations. However, it still has much to do before it can rival the likes of Citigroup and HSBC.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2002
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Merrill Lynch/HSBC: retail bank goes solo

MLHSBC has been hit by the withdrawal of one of its parents, Merrill Lynch. The news is a sign of the times, but is not devastating for the eBrokerage unit itself, or for HSBC. HSBC must now focus its marketing efforts squarely on its own huge global retail customer base.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2002
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Coca-Cola: a Pacific takeover

Pacific Beverages, which makes the Fruitopia range of fruit juices, will be taken over by Coca-Cola Amatil. This should be a good move, giving Coca-Cola Amatil extra capacity for both production and new product development. The drinks giant is continuing its strategy of expanding into non-carbonated soft drinks segments, but its archrival PepsiCo is doing the same.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2002
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AGL: getting its fingers on Pulse

The Australian energy market looks set to mirror the type of consolidation seen in markets such as the UK, with less than five major retail players expected to remain in 3-4 years' time. AGL is now one of the largest players with a 28% share of the national market, making acquisitions a priority for rivals TXU and Origin to establish positions of strength.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2002
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AEP: joining the rush back home

US utilities from AEP to Reliant are running scared from competitive retail markets outside the US. Only TXU, which also has to face deregulation back home in Texas, is presently capable of operating successfully in such a challenging environment.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2002
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Credit cards: Oz interchange turmoil

The Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled plans to reduce the interchange fee that credit card merchant acquirers pay to card issuers. But while the RBA is not alone in the world in wanting to reform interchange, these reforms go too far and take effect too suddenly. The result is likely to be that they hit the consumer hardest of all.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2002
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Australian wine: quick to export

Australia's wine producers were the swashbuckling success story of the 1990s. But despite the strong October sales figures, the future may be challenging. With a production glut at home, tougher competition and an economic downturn abroad, Australian wine producers' knack for spotting international trends will be more important than ever.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Nov 2002
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Pearl: axing direct sales

The UK business of Australian financial services company AMP is set for a radical restructuring programme and unfortunately this includes up to 1,000 job losses from Pearl's doorstep sales force. AMP's expansion strategy in the UK has come up against a number of difficulties, and Pearl's current CEO Andrew Mohl admits that aggressive expansion was a mistake.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2002
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Constellation/BRL Hardy: giants of the New World

The rise of wines from the new world has helped to reshape the industry, with Australia now the world's fourth largest wine exporter behind France, Italy and Spain. Consolidation among new world producers is seeing them capitalize on the production boom to emerge as global leaders. Nevertheless, their old world competitors have not given in.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2003
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Wine: value of brands a constant amongst the change

The wine industry's journey towards integration continues apace, even while some of its larger constituents face shrinking profits. Parts of the industry have been swept by consolidation, but it will take time to change an industry still composed largely of privately owned family firms. In the meantime, the industry's newly emerged giants must focus on retaining brand equity.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2003

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