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Aldi and Lidl US Expansion: US grocery retailers should be worried

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Aldi and Lidl have been responsible for a huge shift in the grocery market across Europe. This has been particularly evident in the UK with the discounters growing their collective share of the market from 2.8% in 2000 to 12% in mid-2017. In a market that was previously dominated by four big retailers, this has been an impressive growth. The low prices offered by Aldi and Lidl, along with clever marketing campaigns and a growing reputation for quality produce, have enabled the discounters to erode the market share of the… Read more

Snapchat: Popularity germinates, safety concerns arise

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Snapchat, the billion dollar social media company has grown substantially in value terms and very quickly over the past five years. With an increasing amount of new developments, Snap Inc. has somewhat introduced a new development which could revolutionize users’ experience with the smartphone’s interference with regards to day to day activities. Snap Map reveals a user’s location in real time to his/her friends or public in a design friendly interface which could mean friends can track exactly where their friends are at any point of time. With some positive… Read more

The global airlines industry will see accelerated growth by 2021, says MarketLine

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The global airlines industry is set to rise from $569.5 billion in 2016 to $828.3 billion by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8%, and surpassing the peak growth rate of 7.4% seen in the period between 2012 and 2016, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report states that the emerging dynamic of the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 33.9% of the global industry, combined with signs of reduced rivalry in the European airline industry, are driving accelerated growth in global terms. The Chinese and… Read more

‘Energiewende’ boosts German renewable sector but change in policy leads to growth deceleration

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Germany has set some of the most ambitious green energy targets for itself, not only in Europe but also the world. This decision has come about due to strong public opinion in favor of green energy in the country, especially as an increasing percentage of the population becomes aware of the negative consequences of global warming on the planet. Liberal feed-tariff rates have subsequently pushed Germany to become one of the largest producers of renewable energy in the world, with the country ranking third globally with regards to total cumulative… Read more

BoE interest rates: It is time for a raise

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On June 15, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England decided once again to keep interest rates at the record low of 0.25%. However, the big news is that the unexpected 5-3 vote on that decision signals a change of a monetary policy, amid rising inflation that threatens households’ real income. This was no surprise as inflation in the UK economy reached 2.9% in May, keeping up its accelerated trend. In fact, this rate has surpassed the target rate of 2% set by the BoE, quicker than expected…. Read more

Behind the Digital Iron Curtain: Rise of Chinese Silicon Valley

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After a long period of rapid, double digit growth, the Chinese economy entered a more sustainable phase of development, based on innovation and consumption. Given the large population of 1.3 billion in China, the explosive growth of smartphone users, e-commerce, and online content consumption and creation led to a digital revolution in almost all industries and business sectors. While the Chinese Communist Party is trying to match its social control in the real world with the virtual world, which becomes more and more restrictive, the country’s internet is thriving and… Read more

China’s OBOR project: Threatening the Singaporean transportation sector

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Singapore’s location at the southern tip of the Strait of Malacca has allowed the country to position itself as one of the world’s major transportation hubs. Through this Strait travels practically all trade between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and therefore trade going in and out of countries such as Japan and China will more likely than not pass through Singapore, especially if headed towards Europe, the Middle East and Africa. To emphasize its importance, almost half of all Chinese oil imports pass through Singapore, and the figure is even… Read more

Sanctions against Qatar: The huge costs for a large exporter that also spread to the global economy

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The ban of transportation of goods and citizens’ movements from and to Qatar, implemented by the most powerful Middle-Eastern countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) was a huge diplomatic shock that entails a series of economic effects. Indeed, it seems that politics are a force of impact for a small geographical country that is heavily engaged in global trade. Qatar, one of the richest countries in the world, with large trade surpluses based on gas and oil exports, will have to sustain the consequences of that dependence. Taking into… Read more

UK General Election: Night of upsets points to an enormously difficult period to come for the UK

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A fairly staggering set of results in June 2017 showed that in the UK, the political climate is changing. Almost every poll done in the run up to the election suggested a landslide victory for the incumbent government and the result was that the Conservative Party dropped its majority and only a deal with the DUP would provide them with a minority government. The implications of this result are wide ranging. It looks increasingly likely that there will be a second general election within six months as confidence in Theresa… Read more

Minority Conservative government: Hung parliament will provide a better deal for business

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The declaration of a hung parliament but with a Conservative party government is good news for the economy and businesses because the likelihood of a ‘hard Brexit’ has suddenly been reduced because in order to survive, the government will require support from opposition groups. Given the opposition parties are all but wholly united on a ‘soft Brexit’, the policy of the previous government could be about to change radically. The change makes the possibility of the UK buying access to the single market and passporting much greater than has been… Read more

Donald Trump: The Anti-Globalism Billionaire

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Since revealing plans to run for President, billionaire businessman Donald Trump has expressed surprising anti-globalist sentiments. For a man who’s made his fortune running luxury resorts across the globe, it is initially surprising that he would claim to oppose trade blocs, a major driver of globalization and free trade. But perhaps Donald Trump is taking his new job seriously. The ex-businessman is now the most powerful person on the planet and that comes with certain responsibilities. The US people voted for a populist, radical alternative to the established political system… Read more

Medical Devices: Strong technological innovation is driving the industry, but it creates new vulnerabilities too

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The medical device market is growing well and has been posting consistent and stable revenues for a number of years and some market segments are even achieving double digit growth rates. The market is doing so well because the rate of innovation in new products is allowing treatments that were previously unthinkable; devices that can allow patients to see, walk or hear again for instance. These new types of devices may provide solutions for some of the most unsolvable medical problems over the next decade and this means the health… Read more

M&S and Debenhams: Online retail to continue its surge while retail outlets continue to close

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The growing popularity of shopping via the internet, coupled with both the younger and older generations becoming increasingly tech-savvy, has led to a massive surge in shopping online A bit of rewording would be good so it reads better. – whether it be essentials such as food or clothes, all the way to smaller items. The convenience of doing so has meant that fewer sales have been achieved on the high street for major retailers, and sales revenue have transferred to online equivalents. After recent announcements from M&S and Debenhams… Read more

Medicaid: Trump’s budget proposal will not pass congress

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It is that time of the year, when the White House is to put forward a proposal to congress underlying the US budget for FY2018 which is to set itself up for the next ten years. It is the first budget submission since Donald Trump took up presidency and there has already been speculation regarding his gloomy views on previous policy that aimed to benefit the less fortunate citizens of America. With the Affordable Care Act (nicknamed Obamacare) set up to help millions of Americans at potential danger of further… Read more

Baltic nations agriculture and transportation sectors suffer due to Russian sanctions

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Western sanctions on Russia due to the events that unfolded in Crimea in 2014 resulted in Russia only days later reciprocating and introducing its own sanctions on the EU and the US. Whilst the EU sanctions have focused on oil companies and Russian banks, Russian sanctions on the EU have focused on the agricultural sector. This has been bad news for players in the agricultural and transportation sectors in the Baltic nations. Russia has historically been a key export market for Baltic exporters and the two have a long history… Read more

Global generics market to experience double-digit growth through to 2021, says MarketLine

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The global generics market has experienced dynamic growth in recent years, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.1% between 2012 and 2016 to reach a value of $318 billion, according to data from research company MarketLine. The company’s latest report states that Asia-Pacific was comfortably the largest region in value terms, accounting for over 46% of the global total in 2016. The US followed with over 31%, while Europe continued to lag behind, contributing only 15.6%. The US once again reigned supreme as the single biggest country market,… Read more

The Sky is the Limit: How Uber’s dominance of a market allows it to chase next-gen dreams

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Uber released financial data to Bloomberg on April 14, 2017, something it is in no way obliged to do. The image it presented was one of rapid growth and expansion, skyrocketing revenues and incredible levels of spending. One would hope to see this level of performance; private investment in the company has grown consistently since its launch in 2009 as UberCab, generating nearly $10bn from investment firms since then, and it has managed to spend more than $8bn investing in its own growth. Private investment growth will need to continue… Read more

Global legal services will see a deceleration in growth through to 2021 after sluggish 2016, says MarketLine

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The global legal services market experienced a slow-down in growth during 2016, resulting in a compound annual growth rate of 2.2% between 2012 and 2016, to reach a value of $584.4 billion, according to data from research company MarketLine. The company’s latest report states that North America continued to be the largest region in terms of value, accounting for 52.9% of the global market. Despite being home to some of the largest economies in the world, Asia-Pacific only achieved 14.3%, less than Europe with 26.8%. The US continued to be… Read more

Digital advertising will spur strong industry growth through to 2021, says MarketLine

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The global advertising industry registered healthy growth in 2016, contributing to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3% for the 2012 – 2016 period, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report states that the US continued to be the largest region in terms of value, accounting for 41.3% of the global market. Despite being home to some of the largest economies in the world, Europe only achieved 22.1%, less than Asia-Pacific, which accounted for 26.8%. Nicholas Wyatt, Project Leader for MarketLine, explains: “The global advertising sector has… Read more

Toshiba NAND business sale: Suitable sale is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve

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A major problem Toshiba has with the sale of the NAND business is the company as a whole is in such a bad financial condition, potential buyers are in a very strong negotiating position. Toshiba has already sold off other profitable parts of the business in order to cover costs resulting from an accounting scandal in which profits were overstated. Now the second largest NAND business in the world is up for sale, prospective buyers are aware that the Japanese technology giant desperately needs a deal, and soon. Downward pressure… Read more

Selfie generation: Refashioning make-up market

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The global make-up industry grew by a record 8.4% in 2016 and was the main growth driver for the cosmetics market worldwide. The range of make-up products is endless, and some product categories, in particular those highly popular with the generation of Millennials, (i.e. concealers, illuminating highlighters, lipsticks) are booming. These hyper-connected customers are young, have a strong purchasing power, new ideas about beauty, and are also very keen to spend money on beauty products. While clothing and department stores are increasingly closing their physical locations, not being able to… Read more

US Retail Apocalypse: Price-sensitive consumers rather than online-purchasers shape the industry

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The term “US Retail Apocalypse” which is used to describe the downsizing trend of some of the largest US retailers is characteristic of the widespread belief that online retail has transformed the structure of the US retail industry by incurably altering the habits of US consumers. However, such an explanation is proved to be extravagant based on statistics and data regarding e-commerce penetration. In addition, the steady growth of discount retailers is one of the facts that disapprove this theory of e-commerce prevalence as a distribution channel and key reason… Read more

Food Waste in the UK: Government and retailers must do more

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In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of food waste in the UK and a number of initiatives developed in an attempt to reduce this. Several retailers in the UK have pledged to drive down food waste from stores, while numerous campaigns have aimed to educate individuals and cut the amount of food waste from households. UK charity, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has been at the forefront of campaigns. In 2007, WRAP launched its ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign backed by the government. Results from some… Read more

New potential OPEC-Russia deal to cut oil production levels: Other producers likely to boost supply in case of such a deal

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The steep decline in the price of crude oil that began in the latter half of 2014 and reached its lowest point in early 2016 caused great disruption in countries for which oil exports constitute a major portion of total exports. Countries in this group include the OPEC nations as well as other major non-OPEC oil producers like Russia, Brazil and Canada. In December 2016, a Saudi led OPEC effort was finally able to come to an agreement with Russia and several other oil producers in the region such as… Read more

Greater Manchester mayoral elections: Manchester shows little interest in the predicted Conservative landslide

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  The Greater Manchester Mayoral Election during the local election period of May 2017, was a particularly interesting one. Despite strong Conservative gains nationally, this was not reflected in the Greater Manchester vote. The Labour Party win was a white wash and even areas that traditionally had leanings towards the Conservative party did not show a strong Conservative turnout. What was also seen was that, particularly in the case of the Manchester Central district, deprivation or affluence is a very poor indicator of voting intention as both poor and wealthy… Read more

Brewdog: The punk beer company flexes its muscles taking on a private equity partner

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BrewDog is the company at the forefront of the craft beer revolution. The trend is that consumers are increasingly interested in premium beer products and BrewDog was one of the very first companies to provide a product in the UK which could capitalize on the trend and do it well. The company’s secret has been to brand the product as an “alternative” product, with much attention devoted to the ingredients and the skill of the brewer, whilst at the same time making use of innovative crowd funding programs and landing… Read more

The New Silk Road: China’s Belt and Road plan the biggest infrastructure program ever

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The Belt and Road initiative is China’s attempt to resurrect the Silk Road, the ancient path linking Europe and Asia. This modern version of the plan wants to unite multiple regions with a monumentally large infrastructure program that could consume close to $1tn by the time it is complete. Comprising roads, port projects, pipelines, trains, shipping lanes and economic zones, the plan stretches from the South Pacific Ocean to Central Europe. The aim on the surface is to boost trading and reinvigorate multiple economic regions. However when the plan is… Read more

Brazilian meat scandal: Confidence in $14bn industry is returning

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The scandal to hit the meat industry in Brazil at one stage threatened to result in the sort of bans on a food product not seen since the BSE crises occurred in the United Kingdom in the 1990s. Although the more salacious accusations reported in the press have come to nothing, many serious accusations resulted in the erection of import bans; China stopped all imports of Brazilian meat, whilst the EU only prevented access from the affected plants. But now the worst consequences appear to have been avoided and the… Read more

Car manufacturing sector booming in the UK: Weaker pound boosts exports, yet Brexit worries persist

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2017 has been a good year for the UK car manufacturing sector as far as production levels are concerned, with the country manufacturing cars in March 2017 at a level last seen in the year 2000. Manufacturing levels have been boosted by a strong rise in exports of cars, which has come about due to the weak pound, low crude oil prices and rising demand for British cars in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in the United States. However all of this has been happening among the backdrop of… Read more

boohoo.com plc: Profits soar following successful social media strategy

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In the 12 months to February 2017, boohoo.com has been highly successful, with sales soaring and pre-tax profits almost doubling. However, boohoo’s recent financial performance comes in stark contrast to the situation it faced following its IPO in 2014. In the 2014-15 financial year, the company was feeling the effects of unseasonably mild autumn weather and trading disruptions caused by Black Friday, leading to a profit warning being issued in January 2015. While revenue and profit were up for this financial year, these figures were lower than initial expectations. As… Read more