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2009 will see the worst high street growth on record

Pressure on the high street will not ease after Christmas and is set to intensify in 2009. Excluding sales at grocery multiples and over the internet, high street retail spending will shrink by over 4%, the largest drop in over 40 years. Negative growth at a time of increasing costs could potentially wipe GBP3.6 billion off the collective profits of leading retailers in 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2008
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Alcohol: the WHO's policy on alcohol tax could spell danger for industry

Higher prices for alcohol are being advocated by the World Health Organization as an effective method of reducing abuse of the substance, in what could be another blow for an industry that has suffered in several countries during the global recession. More price rises could exacerbate the situation for many brewers, which will need to budget carefully if taxes rise again.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2010
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Australia: falling profits at major banks reduce chance of rate cuts being passed on to consumers

Major Australian banks ANZ and NAB have issued their interim results for the six months ending in March, revealing falling profits due to the rising cost of bad debts. The six-month profit of the former sank by 43%, while the latter's experienced a drop of 9.4%. These disappointing results make it more likely that the banks will at least partly hold on to any subsequent Reserve Bank rate cut.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2009
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Australia: mortgage defaults increasing

A recent survey of Australian banks has shown that mortgage defaults and home repossessions have been rising recently, prompting a number of relief measures. However, the country's major banks have reported that many borrowers are taking advantage of recent rate cuts by paying more than required on their mortgages, thus limiting the effect of introduced stimulus packages.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2009
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Central and Eastern Europe provides opportunities for the cards industry despite the recession

The impact of the financial crisis has been felt across Europe, but that does not mean that opportunities in the card industry have dried up. In the face of contraction across the west of the continent there will be moderate growth in Central and Eastern Europe during 2010, and this will become stronger from 2011, showing that there are still good prospects for issuers with the right strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2010
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Deal activity in transportation and logistics revives as the global economy recovers

Firms in the transportation and logistics industry indulged in calibrated deal-making during Q3 2009, with strengthening balance sheets remaining a key objective. While the sector has been recovering slowly, it is expected that an improving global economy will soon lead to renewed confidence among its investors, which in turn will cause an upswing in majority acquisitions.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2009
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European fleet market: set to recover by 2011

As a result of the collapse of the banking sector in 2008, credit, even for well-established companies, became dearer, which curtailed the growth of the fleet industry. However, lessors have looked for ways to mitigate this drop in business, and as the global economy begins to show signs of recovery, the European fleet market looks set to follow suit, albeit very slowly at first.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Dec 2009
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Government minister admits UK in worst recession in 100 years

Gordon Brown's former economic adviser, Ed Balls, has effectively repeated comments made by the Bank of England's deputy governor last October by asserting that the economy is experiencing the worst recession in over a century. While the government may downplay the sentiment, there's no avoiding this reality: unemployment and inflation will ensure a long and painful recovery for the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2009
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HSBC rights issue: much to be positive about

The long list of banks raising new money in the current crisis has been joined by HSBC, with the announcement of a GBP12.5 billion cash call. What singles the company's money-raising exercise out from the others is less the scale of the operation than the fact that it is acquiring cash in the traditional way, pointing not just to the bank's strength, but to fledgling faith in the banking industry.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2009
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IMF issues warning on European credit card time bomb

The global financial body has claimed that the UK will be particularly hard hit as part of its warning about potential European losses of over GBP100 billion, representing 7% of the continent's consumer debt. If so, industry players will have to tread carefully as they attempt to maneuver through a poor economic environment and deal with low public support.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2009

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