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Direct Line must do more to drive down costs

Direct Line Group (DLG) has divested its UK life business to consolidate its financial position. However, it will need to cut even more costs to ensure that its non-life business becomes profitable and remains competitive.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Oct 2013
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Hard cider looking to move beyond niche status in 2014

Fall in the northern hemisphere means harvest time, and harvest time means fresh apples and cider, or 'hard cider' as it is known in the US. Growing interest in the category from both consumers and brewers suggests that cider may be able to expand its market reach.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2013
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new cheese from Japan that aids liver function after drinking alcohol

Cheese and wine go together, and now cheese and beer make a natural pairing thanks to an unusual new cheese. Koiwai Kirin Plus-i Cheese Cubes are made to go with beer, but are also fortified with ornithine, which is said to help liver function recovery after drinking alcohol. New in Japan, this functional cheese product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2013
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Kingfisher: Ireland rescued but for how long?

A new business plan from parent company Kingfisher has enabled B&Q Ireland to exit examinership while retaining eight stores. Under its new investment plan, Kingfisher will invest E2.4m, and new rents have been agreed to help profitability. However, given the challenging market conditions and the comparative size of market leader Woodies, the retailer still faces an uncertain future.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2013
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118 118 Money spies gap in loans market

The entry of directory enquiries provider 118 118 into the "near prime" personal loans market highlights the extent to which the consumer credit market is currently failing to meet the needs of a large segment of the population.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2013
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Global standard set to shake up online payments

The online and mobile proximity payments markets are set for upheaval, in the wake of the recent proposal by the major card schemes to establish a global online standard for card transactions.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2013
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Williams & Glyn's will face stiff competition in SME banking

The Williams & Glyn's brand is being revived. However, this new SME-focused bank will face tough competition as powerful rivals look to grow their share of the market.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2013
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Insurers must focus on profitable underwriting

General insurance companies are still struggling to achieve returns from investments, with low interest rates, high competitive pressures, and a fall in investment income resulting in insurers becoming highly reliant on achieving underwriting profit.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2013
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Cloudy with a chance of liability

As cloud computing spreads and the internet plays a bigger role in conducting business, the importance of insuring against risks arising from this medium is increasing too. Uptake of cyber insurance by SMEs has not kept pace with this.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2013
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Centrica withdraws from UK gas storage plans

In September 2013 the UK government confirmed its decision to rule out public subsidies to support gas storage. The decision tacitly assumes existing gas reserve levels are sufficient for supply security at peak times in winter, and that other sources of gas, such as LNG and pipeline imports, will be ample to avoid steep price hikes during cold spells.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2013

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