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Vending machines in the US get an organic makeover

A new act, passed by Congress last month, will drive the replacement of junk food with healthier snacks in US school vending machines. Not only will this transition resonate with health-conscious consumers, it will also appeal to those looking for a more user-friendly snacking experience. It is likely that this will mark the start of a large-scale transition towards more organic-based vending.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jan 2011
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US offshore stirred from sleep by State of the Union

President Obama's first State of the Union speech urged Republicans to help him in passing a climate change bill that would crown his term in office. The timing is risky as his authority is critically low after losing his filibuster majority. Considering this adversity, Obama's 15-word allusion to oil and gas developments is particularly significant.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2010
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Uncertainty in UK's ID card plans

The UK government has started the tender process to allow suppliers to join those that will be registered as potentially available to meet the technological requirements of its identity card program. However, there are significant areas of uncertainty as to what the system will encompass and provide.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2007
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UKCA proposals for government regulation will improve transparency but more must be done

The UK Card Association has submitted proposals to the government for the forthcoming regulation of the card industry. These proposals aim to protect competition in the market and ensure that issuers can lend reasonably. While the proposals should lead to more transparency in the market, the introduction of fees and ever higher APRs becomes inevitable.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2010
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CommentWire

UK: over-legislation is likely to affect energy market integrity

The recently released green manifesto from the UK Labour Party has drawn attention to the current state of the energy sector and pledges that, should Ofgem's 'reform' not show the unspecified results it desires, the government will intercede in the market further. If this happens, it is possible that the market could be damaged rather than improved.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2010
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UK: North Sea exploration receives crucial incentives

In an attempt to mitigate a growing dependency on imports, the UK government has revealed legislation to promote development of the North Sea's last offshore oil and gas frontier. Combined with a new licensing round offering licenses for exploration in all UK waters for the first time in 12 years, these incentives will potentially open up 20% of the UK's remaining untapped oil and gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2010
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UK: investing in financial advice scheme may rebuild consumer trust in banks

The UK government has made the banking industry solely responsible for financing the creation of a free national financial advice service. Despite the added cost, investing in such a scheme should prove beneficial to traditional financial services providers, both in its potential to re-engage consumers, and also by having the industry publicly take its share of responsibility for the crisis.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2010
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UK: government intends to "stamp out" corporate greenwashing

The UK government recently announced its plans to "stamp out" corporate greenwashing by updating the guidelines first published by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs in 2003. However, guidelines are no longer enough. The time has come for a European-wide standard to substantiate claims of sustainability, which will provide impetus to the region's key environmental aims.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2011
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UK pensions: changes to tax relief may lead to widespread reviews of savings

The British government has issued a proposal that will limit tax relief on pensions to contributions of GBP50,000 per year, a sharp decrease from the current annual allowance of GBP255,000. The change is likely to dissuade the wealthy from saving for a pension, making it essential for providers and advisors to encourage consumers to regularly review their financial position ahead of retirement.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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UK nuclear energy: adrift on the commodity cycle

British Energy is only likely to produce 55TWh of power in the 2005/06 financial year, some 10TWh lower than what it has managed in the past, as reported reactor cracks have kept stations offline. Despite this, the company has announced that its EBITDA has more than doubled in the first half of 2006. So will a new generation of nuclear plants prove to be a financial winner for investors?

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2006

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