MarketLine Blog

Posts written in July 2017

Discovery Communications seeking to merge with Scripps Networks Interactive

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Due to the emergence of online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, the demand for traditional TV broadcasting has taken a hit. As consumers especially those belonging to the younger demographic have slowly made their way towards substitutes, advertisement too has followed suit. In fact according to some sources 2016 was the first year in which online advertisement overtook the value of traditional TV advertisement, clearly emphasizing the change that has taken place. Given these recent developments in the TV broadcasting market, it comes as no surprise… Read more

Europe will overtake the US in the electric and hybrid cars market, says MarketLine

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The hybrid and electric cars market has seen strong growth globally as countries work to meet ambitious CO2 targets, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6%. Scandinavian countries such as Sweden will enjoy exceptional growth forecast growth of 27.9% between 2016 and 2021, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report, however, states that the level of growth varies significantly between countries. Despite the fact that the US and Asia-Pacific have been leading the charge in the hybrid and electric cars market for the last five… Read more

Siemens gas turbines taken to Crimea

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Under pressure from the German government to extirpate the company from any harmful events, Siemens has reacted swiftly to eradicate the possibility of further problems emerging. All operations in Russia are now under review and links with the offending company which is accused of illegally moving the gas turbines to Crimea have been irrevocably damaged. For an influential and large company such as Siemens to take such stern action will likely mark a major change in relations international business has with Russia. Suddenly trust has been eroded and further sanctions… Read more

Sunseeker Yachts: Good year for British yacht companies on the back of Brexit

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Sunseeker has found a way to return to winning ways. With a good order book increase and healthy return to profit, the company appears to have recovered from a particularly bleak period for the luxury yacht building industry. In recent years the market has been extremely bad for Sunseeker and other British boat builders such as Princess and Fairline which had been restructuring and applying redundancies. The main reason that these businesses seem to have recovered, is due to the pound plummeting after Brexit making prices much more competitive when… Read more

US and China trade talks: Emphasis on steel and tariffs is misguided

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The danger of current US policy towards Chinese steel is that damaging tariffs will be imposed. Many observers describe such a policy as the nuclear option because the ability of other countries to impose harmful tariffs on US goods will be just as strong. Troublingly, tariffs would do little to solve the actual problem of dumping on the international market. A policy with many similarities was attempted in 2002 but resulted in a public climb down by the then President Bush after severe job losses were incurred. Tariffs are not… Read more

Poland: Kaczynski close to demolishing all remaining democratic oversight in Poland

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Kaczynski’s ruling PiS (Law & Justice) party has, since its election, been rapidly demolishing the process of democracy in Poland. The PiS party has crushed the power of the opposing parties and state institutions that had the ability to stand in its way. In July 2017, the party introduced a bill attacking the independence of the judiciary and despite street protests and chaotic and angry scenes in the house, and this bill has now passed. This bill will mean that judges will be in direct control of the justice minister,… Read more

Global insurance brokers sector will hit $54.8 billion in 2021 as growth remains impressive despite deceleration

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The global insurance brokers sector has experienced impressive growth in recent years, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0% between 2012 and 2016 to reach a value of $42.8 billion, according to data from research company MarketLine. The company’s latest report shows that sector values have increased in all regions. Global growth, however, has been primarily driven by healthy revenue increases in the US, the world’s largest individual market. As it accounts for over 63% of global sector revenues, the performance of the US market will always have… Read more

NATO: Defense spending rises as members look to a future without US leadership

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In a recent meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), between the defense ministers in June 2017, it was heard that almost across the board there has been an increase in defense spending. Despite the target of 2% of GDP that members are expected to meet, traditionally many members have ignored this target in order to grow their economies or recover after recessions, but there are more members now hitting this target. There are multiple explanations for why members are spending more on defense all of a sudden. Firstly,… Read more

Ambitious Trans-Iran Canal still waiting for construction to begin: “Competitor” to Suez Canal unlikely to see construction begin any time soon

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Despite having been officially announced for several years now, construction on the Trans-Iranian Canal Project has as of July 2017 still not begun. A number of reasons have been given to explain this delay including the high fixed costs required to build this canal. Official estimates put the cost of the project in the range of $10bn but other estimates suggest the figure could at least be double the amount. Whilst the authorities claim the returns from this project will justify the high cost of the project for the construction… Read more

Global rail freight market continues to stutter as steep decline in the United States makes itself felt, says MarketLine

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The global rail freight market hit $188.7 billion in 2016, representing a marginal 0.5% in growth along with a return to positive performance following a 0.4% decline in 2015, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report states that the market’s fortunes have differed from region to region in recent years, with Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe providing much of the growth impetus. The United States, however, which accounts for a vast 30% of the global market, continues to struggle. The country recorded two consecutive years of steep decline in… Read more

AT&T and Time Warner looking to complement each other as part of merger deal

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In October 2016, Time Warner and AT&T agreed to merge as part of a deal which would see AT&T paying $85.4bn for the merger to take place. The total transaction value would further take the deal up to $108.7bn adding in Time Warner’s debt. Despite the hefty cost, the merger deal makes perfect sense from a business point of view since through a merger with telecommunications giant AT&T, Time Warner is able to broadcast its globally recognized digital content to a much wider audience. AT&T meanwhile will be able to… Read more

Spotify: How the Swedish start-up revolutionized an ailing music industry

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The power of the internet has grown rapidly since its introduction to the mainstream in the early 2000s and it has become the most powerful tool on the planet, both socially and economically. However the music industry has struggled in recent years, in freefall since the turn of the century and the birth of the mainstream internet. The shift from physical to digital music has been stifled by the rapid growth in internet piracy, with software such as LimeWire, Napster and later torrent clients making it incredibly simple to download… Read more

Air India privatization: Airline must be broken up before sale

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Air India is in a horrible financial condition. Largely surviving off a government bailout, the company has incurred massive losses down the years during which market share was lost and the business overtaken in the quality of service it provided. Now the company has finally managed to turn a profit – largely due to low oil prices – a privatization is unlikely to result in one buyer taking over the entire airline and assorted assets. Some observers of the international airline industry have expressed surprise at the possible bid from… Read more

GAME Digital: How the cyclical console release pattern is stifling GAME’s growth

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The video game industry across the West is incredibly cyclical, with regular console releases every seven to eight years providing very large revenues to major players and carrying them through the period in-between releases. However a shift in the console market, with console developers choosing to release completely new consoles at a slower rate and instead releasing interim consoles (such as Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro), has hurt GAME Digital, a company only recent out of administration. It’s profit warning announced on June 30, the result of Nintendo’s decision to prioritize… Read more