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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new fabric softener that lets you "switch" your scent between washings

With new Downy Parfum Collection Scent Switcher concentrate fabric conditioner, simply rubbing or moving clothing after using the product "switches" the scent to a second fragrance right up until the next wash. New in Malaysia and the Philippines, this product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2014
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Does "rare sugar" have the potential to rescue soft drink markets worldwide?

Kiss enough frogs and eventually you will find a prince. Soft drink makers thought they found one with stevia, with Coca-Cola going as far as replacing regular Sprite with a stevia-sweetened version in the UK during 2013. However, this has not delivered a much-needed sales turnaround, suggesting that the frog kissing will continue, with Japan's so-called "rare sugars" now angling for a smooch.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2014
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RSA rising in a profitable home insurance market

Despite increasingly competitive conditions the home insurance market was more profitable in 2013 than in 2012, suggesting no end is in sight for softening rates. RSA particularly stands out for its growth and improved combined operating ratio (COR).

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2014
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Access to underwriters more important than commissions

Access to underwriters is the service aspect most sought after by commercial lines brokers ahead of sector expertise and competitive commissions. Commercial insurers looking for growth should take heed.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Explosion in BTL lending a risky business

The rapid rise in buy-to-let (BTL) lending in the UK over the last 12 months risks leaving landlords and their lenders dangerously overexposed when interest rates eventually start to rise.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Building society boom to end

Building society mortgage lending has soared, which has seen them increase competition to the major high street banks and raise their market share. However, the trend will be short-lived.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Octopus tackles online payments

With new payment technologies threatening the relevance of stored value payment services, in Hong Kong Octopus is expanding its reach into online payments.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Morgan Stanley continues its expansion

Morgan Stanley's acquisition of the remaining stake in its joint venture with Citi puts the wealth manager into third place in terms of "published" 2013 assets under management (AUM) in Datamonitor Financial's Wealth Management Super League.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2014
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Groupon's Gnome risks alienating merchants

Groupon's move to launch Gnome is the latest attempt by the online daily deals provider to establish itself within the payments space. However, it runs the risk of alienating merchants by requiring those that use its service to adopt Gnome.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2014
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new rice cracker from Asia made with a little help from hungry ducks

Many foods claim to be natural, but few tell you how they achieved that status. Beautiful Life Dr Rice golden rice cookies are the exception, being rice crackers made from "duck rice" that is grown in a "natural" system where ducks are raised among rice crops to feed on insects and weeds. New in China, this product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jun 2014

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