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Next alone in its Christmas disappointment

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The Christmas trading period is the most important time of the year for retailers, accounting for a significant proportion of a company’s sales and profit. In January 2017, numerous UK retailers revealed their Christmas 2016 trading results, with many high street retailers hailing the festive period a success. A notable exception to this was Next PLC, which revealed it had faced a difficult Christmas trading period and warned of a problematic retail environment in the UK as a whole. On 4th January 2017, Next was the first high street retailer… Read more

GM & Ford: Trump threats to enforce higher border tax to car manufacturers

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During Trump’s campaign, there was definite tension alongside his controversial expression towards Mexico and his immigration policies that led to talk of a Mexican wall at the border. Well as it turns out, it is not just Mexican immigrants he is attempting to restrict from entering the US, but also vehicles that are manufactured in the neighbouring country, unless the manufacturer pays high border tax. Trump’s intentions were clear during his campaign, and any possibility to build and retain jobs in America seemed to be an important aim of his,… Read more

Verizon purchase of Yahoo: Data breach puts deal at risk, but purchase still likely

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The theft of confidential information from Yahoo in 2013, although only recently announced, has heaped doubt over the proposed purchase of Yahoo by Verizon. Many predict the final bill will be substantial and worse could follow – the FBI are investigating and could yet cause more problems. A reduced share price caused Verizon to reappraise the sale. For both parties the realization that damage occurring from the data theft has yet to be fully felt is a serious problem, making revaluing Yahoo much harder. Regardless of which route Verizon chooses… Read more

Star Wars Franchise: Skyrocketing into the future

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Historically hundreds of films have been produced with a range of missions or storylines. Star Wars is a huge franchise which first graced screens in 1977 with Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This Space Opera was written and directed by George Lucas. This was then followed by episodes V and VI before then returning to episodes I, II and III which are widely deemed as inferior to the original three films. These films however are each a part of a massive immersive world with a number of characters… Read more

Amazon Go: Newfound technology will give Amazon a major chance in the food & grocery industry, at the cost of future jobs

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Late 2015, Amazon Fresh rolled out across the USA in several states and similarly was introduced in the UK mid-2016. Now with the launch of Amazon Go, it is clear that Amazon wants a proportion of the share of the food & grocery market, one of the largest industries in the world it is not being quiet about it. Innovation and technological advances will give Amazon a significant advantage over its competitors emphasizing convenience for the customer. Amazon Go is the tangible version of its online store. A 1,800 square… Read more

2M Alliance: Hyundai Merchant Marine deal is not a long-term solution

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The agreement with the 2M Alliance marks an important step for Hyundai Merchant Marine. Despite the deal not meeting creditor demands, Hyundai M.M will have access to better business conditions than is possible under the soon to be defunct G6 alliance. Full membership, once the present agreement expires, has not been ruled out. Were the financial health of Hyundai to recover sufficiently the risk which deterred 2M customers would lesson, providing full access. The deal is not perfect and does not meet the memorandum of understanding signed earlier in the… Read more

Global air freight market growth rate will rise through to 2021, says MarketLine

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The global air freight sector has shown varied growth and declines between 2012 and 2016, registering an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.7% between 2012 and 2016 to reach a value of $101.3 billion, according to data from research company MarketLine. MarketLine’s latest report shows that the air freight sector’s growth is primarily driven by the Middle East and Asia-Pacific (APAC) as a result of increased manufacturing. With an under-developed internal market, opportunity for future growth is also possible, particularly in larger countries like China and India. Paul… Read more

OPEC: Supply restriction amid global oil glut

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OPEC, consisting of 13 oil-rich governments, is the only true cartel allowed, albeit grudgingly, to operate in today’s global economy and it wields considerable power. In 1973 Arab members imposed an oil embargo on the US during the Arab-Israeli war which tripled prices in a matter of months. Three times in recent history OPEC has stepped in to shore up the oil market, and each time prices rallied within days of action being taken. It is fair to say, therefore, that OPEC is a force to be reckoned with. Or… Read more

Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Liberalization

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Reducing the number of markets foreign investors are prevented from entering – down to 62 from 93 – marks a useful step in the right direction and should encourage investment into China, reducing the gap to the outflow. Investors should become more comfortable with China given the proposed new rules, but there is much to be done and reasons for pessimism. The proposals appear to be hobbled by caution and need to go much further to create a lasting impact. More worryingly, the problems that the changes aim to tackle… Read more

Brexit – the meaning of a messy divorce for the Euro area.

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The lending channel between many industries and banks in the Euro area has been far from normal since 2008. This factor puts Britain in a better position to negotiate Brexit next year. The Euro area will embark on a period of further unprecedented slowdown by detaching itself from the world’s fourth largest economy. Credit to industries coming from the banking sector is key for the region to grow as the single currency area has a bank-based model as opposed to a capital market model. Debt financing to companies is largely… Read more

Remastered games: the price of nostalgia

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Historically hundreds of games have been produced with a range of missions or goals to be achieved. It is a shame when these games are forgotten or when a game disk breaks or is scratched and can no longer be played. This has led to games appearing on later consoles, being able to buy the original games for a discount price. The focus of this article is on the recent announcement of the remastering of the original Crash Bandicoot games for PS4, the continuation of games such as Spyro the… Read more

Global hotels and motels industry saw strong growth in 2015, exceeding $719 billion, says MarketLine

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The global hotels and motels industry grew to a value of just over $719.1 billion in 2015, with Europe emerging as the largest regional market, and accounting for more than 34% of global market value, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report shows that the US and the UK form the two largest national hotel and motel industry markets, valued at $189.6 billion and $59.8 billion, respectively. China follows as a close third, with a value of $59.6 billion. Mohammad Hamza Iqbal, Analyst for MarketLine, comments: “While the… Read more

Global paints and coatings market value surpassed $141 billion in 2015, says MarketLine

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The global paints and coatings market grew to a value of $141.5 billion in 2015, with Asia-Pacific (APAC) emerging as the largest regional market, and accounting for more than 55% of global market value, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s report shows that China and the US form the two largest paints and coatings markets, valued at $53.3 billion and $21.3 billion, respectively. China, however, is expected to continue growing at a fast pace, while growth in the US is forecast to be moderate. Mohammad Hamza Iqbal, Analyst for… Read more

Samsung purchase of Harman signals the future

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The takeover of Harman has placed Samsung among the leading players in the connected car industry; the Korean technology company has access to a raft of deals with major car manufacturers, expertise from a range of companies acquired by Harman and a huge $24bn order backlog. Infotainment, acoustics, display and other systems are all due to expand in value in the coming years, and Harman has systems already installed in over 30 million cars worldwide. Taking over the company presents Samsung with a highly valuable market position. CarPlay (the system… Read more

Global healthcare expenditure to hit $9.17 trillion by 2020 as US market burgeons, says MarketLine

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Global healthcare expenditure is set to grow from just over $7.2 trillion in 2015 to around $9.17 trillion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5%, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s report states that growth will primarily be driven by the US, which dominates the global market and accounts for nearly 50% of total expenditure. The country also has a good forecast CAGR of 4.6%, exceeding that of Europe and Asia-Pacific, indicating that its share of the healthcare market will rise by 2020. Kate Moody,… Read more

Brexit and Trump’s disastrous effect on science

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2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year with regards to political incidences. With the UK voting in favor of leaving the EU in June 2016 and then a follow up of the US voting for President-elect Donald Trump in November of the same year, this has led to a degree of uncertainty in the scientific field. With funding at the forefront of scientific research and the advancement of scientific breakthroughs, the future has been thrown into turmoil as the individuals working in both countries, the US and the UK,… Read more

Once Upon A Time At Christmas… The John Lewis Formula

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Advertising has been an increasingly important aspect in modern day business with companies spending millions on advertising campaigns. Every now and then, an advertising campaign can capture the imagination of the people watching which helps to increase the profile of a brand substantially. In the UK, one such example is that of the John Lewis Christmas advertisement. From 2007 onwards, John Lewis has evolved its Christmas adverts into something of a Christmas tradition. Every year, people anticipate the release of the new advert speculating on what it may contain with… Read more

Donald Trump: Incoming president likely to create bigger mess than his hair

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Donald Trump’s policy detail is rather thin, but based on multiple and contradictory things he has said on the campaign trail, shrinking of the state via both reduced tax income and federal spending while promising to build a border wall and renovate infrastructure, protectionist stances on international trade agreements while promising a Brexit Britain a comprehensive deal, an expansion of dirty industries at the expense of environmental regulation, and undermined central bank independence. Donald Trump’s election to the Oval Office was considered one of the most divisive and bitter elections… Read more

Trump’s win is good news for US economy

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Donald Trump’s whole mantra during his campaign (as evidenced by his rather natty headwear) has been to ‘Make America Great Again.’ In order to do this, he knows he must make the US competitive on the global stage. He has pledged to reduce taxes heavily for low and middle income Americans and also to make sure that the wealthy (including corporations) do not pay too much as that undermines jobs. This should help boost the currently questionable level of job creation and to increase spending power, which should in turn… Read more

An inconvenient truth about the euro area

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The creation of the euro area was a mistake. Top ranks of business and political classes in Europe were expecting an explosion in trade and economic activity following the creation of the single currency area in 2002. The euro would lubricate the integration of the newly formed euro area. It would be possible to achieve higher levels of growth and long-term prosperity. Unfortunately, the real GDP of the euro area increased only by 1.8% per year between 2001 and 2006 and by merely 0.2% per year within the 2007 -2015… Read more

COMAC C919 Airliner lands

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When the COMAC C919 launched, comparisons were immediately made with the failed Bombardier effort to break the Boeing/Airbus duopoly. Bombardier failed for several reasons, chiefly because it was unable to gain the required customer base needed to gain traction in the airline industry. This does not apply to COMAC: the company has a ready-made market of state controlled airlines, colossal state backing and provides fantastic opportunities for foreign companies. These factors will aid the company to make serious inroads into the Chinese domestic airline market, providing the impetus for future… Read more

Uncertainty over political events trumps fundamentals as markets fall

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On Thursday June 23, 2016 the UK went to the polls to decide on its future as a member of the European Union (EU). By a small margin, the country opted to leave and despite the fact that no steps to enact Article 50 have yet been taken by Theresa May and her government, speculation about an imminent implosion of the British economy has been rife, damaging the value of the Pound and serving as a rather convenient scapegoat for everything from companies’ poor performance to increased prices, to political… Read more

Belinda Wong appointed CEO of Starbucks China as part of growth plan

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A focus on China and on increasing store openings in the country has been part of the Starbucks strategy since the company felt the negative impact of recession. Prior to 2008, Starbucks had been growing rapidly in terms of store openings, revenues, and operating profit. However, this all changed as the recession hit and the company struggled to cope. As many countries around the globe fell into recession, the impact on Starbucks was strongly felt. This led to a shift in resources to growth in international markets. It was felt… Read more

Nissan: Positive economy growth leads to future production of new models in the UK

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With the third quarter GDP growth rate proving to be better than predicted at 0.5% (0.2% higher than estimated), Nissan has decided to remain in the UK, agreeing to invest further in its Sunderland manufacturing plant in North East England. Even though car manufacturing was down 1%, there have been signs of positivity for Nissan that has led to this decision. Exports for the manufacturer will become cheaper due to the falling exchange rate with the European Union possessing the UK motor industry’s biggest export market (57.3% of UK car… Read more

Asia will lead global electrical and electronics retail market to $1.47 trillion by 2020, says MarketLine

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The global electrical and electronics retail market has experienced healthy growth in recent years, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% between 2011 and 2015 to reach a value of almost $1.01 trillion, according to data from research company MarketLine. The trend of robust growth is set to continue, with MarketLine forecasting a market value of $1.47 trillion by 2020. MarketLine’s latest report shows that while market values have increased in all regions, global growth is primarily driven by Asia’s growth economies, as swelling middle classes begin to… Read more

AT&T to buy Time Warner

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When business acquisitions on this scale are announced they almost inevitably become political – hence extensive investment in political lobbying. Announcing a buyout, therefore, just weeks before one of the most acrimonious presidential races in living memory concludes gives a difficult birth. Both candidates have already declared their displeasure. Some Senators have also voiced concerns and their intent to heavily scrutinize any proposals that come before them. Exactly why this time should be chosen is unclear: it makes the deal far more politicized than need be the case, raising uncertainties… Read more

Post-Brexit effect on inflation

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The UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum undertaken in June 2016. The separation will be complex and will take many years to complete. However, the effects have been felt immediately. Since Brexit, the pound has dropped by 18%. After an initial tumble following the result, it fell further in October following Prime Minister Theresa May’s signal that she would use Brexit to tighten borders, even if it means losing access to the EU’s single market on the current terms. On October 18, the Office for… Read more

Ford’s autonomous cars due for release in 2021

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Ford, one of the world’s largest automotive and mobility companies, announced that it will be developing autonomous cars for use by 2021. As part of this goal, Ford will be investing in several startups, continuing its trend of making investments in technology in recent years. For example, Ford’s recent technology investments include Easy Access Door System, Active City Stop, Hands-Free Tailgate, and Active Park Assist. In the announcement, Ford said that it will also be investing in companies developing advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors. These… Read more

As budget smartphones gain popularity, global mobile phone market growth will slow to 2020, says MarketLine

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Although the widespread adoption of smartphones has created very strong growth in the global mobile phone market over the past five years, this trend is set to slow markedly in the run up to 2020, as competition in the budget smartphone segment increases, and growth in mature markets slows, according to research company Marketline. The company’s latest report states that three consecutive years of double-digit value growth between 2012 and 2014 pushed the global mobile phone market’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to an impressive 12.2% from 2011 to 2015,… Read more

Global sales for new cars to exceed 73 million units by 2020, as market momentum slows, says MarketLine

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Sales of new cars globally will increase from around 62.5 million units in 2015 to over 73 million units by the end of 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 3.2%, according to data from research company MarketLine. The company’s latest report states that this steady rise can be attributed to the improving performance of the European market, which is offsetting slow growth in the large markets of Asia-Pacific (APAC) and the United States. Indeed, the recent slowdown in Brazil and Russia, as well as slower growth in China… Read more