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Market maturity and intense competition forces banks to expand overseas

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Overseas expansion is a key trend in the global banking industry as many major players look to reduce their reliance on mature and intensely competitive domestic markets. The push for overseas expansion is beginning to kick start M&A activity within the sector. CCB, ICBC, Credit Agricole, and Mitsubishi UFJ have all engaged in M&A deals that involve the purchase of at least a stake in a non-domestic player since 2013. As explored in detail in the MarketLine case study Top ten global banks: An analysis of financial performance, growth opportunities… Read more

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Can Apple’s next big innovation be the ‘one box for TV?’

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Apple’s purchase of Israeli technology company PrimeSense for $360 million is perhaps an indication of where-next the technology king is headed. Given that PrimeSense is a global pioneer in ‘gesture technologies’; seen in smart phones and gaming consoles, it may be more than just an indication. The Israeli company has previous success in this market as it provided some of the technology behind Microsoft’s hugely successful, Xbox, motion-sensing device; Kinect. Despite this Apple finds itself in slightly uncharted territory as it plays ‘catch up’ in the TV devices market. The… Read more

Apple’s new iPads to offer greater profit opportunities?

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Apple Inc’s (Apple) latest additions to its iPad tablet range show that it continues to focus on the high-end of the market. The addition of a Retina display to the iPad mini, in conjunction with a price increase, demonstrates that the company continues to value premium, profitable products. The replacement of last year’s flagship iPad with the new iPad Air also marks an attempt to continue premium profitability, as the company continues to offer its iPad 2 at $399. Further premiuzation of the iPad mini This time last year, I… Read more

Will biosimilar drug Inflectra be Remicade’s nemesis?

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On 10 September 2013, Hospira announced that the European Commission had approved its drug Inflectra, a treatment for severe inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Good news for the company, and of course for patients suffering from these painful and debilitating diseases. Celebrations might be more muted at the headquarters of Johnson & Johnson, however, as Inflectra is essentially a legal copy of its blockbuster drug Remicade. Genuine generic copies of biotech drugs are not feasible, because competitors to the original manufacturer do not have access to… Read more

Nokia sold to Microsoft: admission of defeat against Samsung and Apple in the Smartphone race, and Microsoft makes a precarious gambit

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Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has agreed to sell its mobile handset arm to Microsoft in a deal worth EUR 5.4bn ($7bn). The deal represents the final hurrah of both the diminished Nokia, crestfallen by the advance of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market, and current Windows CEO Steve Ballmer, due to step down in 2014. Over 32,000 staff will transfer from Nokia to Microsoft, with the deal expected to be completed in 2014. For Microsoft, their monopolistic control over the PC market has been compromised by the advent… Read more

Blackberry announces formation of Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives

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BlackBerry Limited, formerly Research In Motion (RIM) is a global mobile communications company. BlackBerry’s worldwide smartphone market share has been in decline since early 2009 according to research by International Data Corporation (IDC). The company, which was worth around $84bn in 2008, is worth less than $5bn now. The latest figures by IDC, which looked at the shipments of smartphone operating systems (OS) in the second quarter of 2013, found BlackBerry’s sales were still losing ground. Android and Windows Phone OS grew by 73.5% and 77.6%, respectively, compared to the… Read more

Moving people, moving money: Western Union and the remittance market

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In July 2013, Barclays, one of the UK’s largest retail banks, announced its decision to close the accounts of money transfer companies, which allow customers in one country to receive funds locally from a sender in a different country. The reason given by Barclays was that some of these companies had insufficient checks in place to prevent the transfer of funds to terrorists and other criminals. However, the resulting outcry revealed just how vital such remittance services are for many people in the developing world. A petition to the UK… Read more

A digital future for The Washington Post?

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Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, has reached an agreement to purchase the Washington Post newspaper, in a personal capacity, for $250 million. The sale is expected to be completed within the next 60 days and will see Mr. Bezos acting as the sole owner of this leading daily American newspaper. Prior to Mr.Bezos’s offer, the newspaper was owned by The Washington Post Company, an educational and media group who also own the test preparation company, Kaplan. The deal, which includes the sale of the paper, washingtonpost.com, and… Read more

BT’s offering unlikely to dethrone Sky from the Sports TV market

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BT launched two new channels aimed at carving a lucrative pound of flesh from the incumbent Sky for the sports television market, although it is unlikely to seize the throne under its current plans. BT has invested £736m in 38 Premier League games and exclusive of coverage of the Aviva Premiership rugby season, with over 500,000 customers signed up. Other offerings include UFC, MotoGP, and Women’s Tennis. The company claims that its channels will be free to its broadband customers, although this is a half truth. Tablet, smartphone and computer… Read more

Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland: The big sell-off?

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This week, both Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyds) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have announced encouraging results for the six months to the end of June. The two banks, which are 39% and 81% government-owned respectively, returned to profit and this has led to speculation that the UK government may look to divest its interests. Lloyds’ results came first on Thursday (August 1st) and showed a £2.13bn (approximately $3.38bn) pre-tax profit. This signals a welcome return to form for one of the country’s so-called ‘Big Four’ banks and represents a… Read more

L’Oreal Luxury Brand Serving the Post-Recessionary Affluent Market

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After a sharp drop in global demand for luxury cosmetics following the economic recession, sales of premium brands now appear to be recovering. L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics firm, reported higher than expected profits of £1.2bn in the first half of 2010, and in addition displayed its fastest pace of organic growth for three years, both of which were driven by accelerated sales of its luxury lines. This article will examine the ways in which L’Oreal’s premium brands have responded to the changing demands of a “new” affluent consumer base,… Read more

Stephen Hester steps down as RBS Chief Executive

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Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Chief Executive Stephen Hester is to step down it was announced yesterday, causing much speculation over the reasons behind the decision. In recent months, Hester had spoken of his desire to see the project through to completion and so the surprise announcement begs the question of whether he was pushed. Hester succeeded disgraced former CEO Fred Goodwin in September 2008 after the bank was forced to go cap-in-hand to the UK government to ask for a £45bn capital injection. Hester has been central to the… Read more

Fairy Liquid Using Evocative Marketing Techniques to Boost Product Sales

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In 2010, Procter & Gamble’s (P&G’s) Fairy Liquid brand recorded particularly impressive growth rates in both the auto and hand dishwash product categories in the UK. The growth in sales has been attributed to a heritage marketing campaign designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brand. This article analyzes how Fairy Liquid has successfully managed to introduce a nostalgia-based marketing campaign while also leveraging superior efficacy benefits compared to competitors to enhance value perceptions of the brand. The article also looks at how P&G plans to launch another evocative… Read more

US Laundry Care Market: How Leading Manufacturers Can Enhance Perceptions of Value

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Even though the US laundry care market is commonly characterized by consumer inertia, the recession did bring about changes in buying behavior as shoppers looked to obtain maximum value for money, and this change is continuing in the post-recessionary market. This article examines that how Procter & Gamble (P&G) and the Dial Corporation have looked to reposition their brands in order to capitalize on these changing buying patterns. Reduced levels of financial wellbeing brought about changes in buying behavior as consumers looked to obtain greater value for money from the… Read more

Was Tumblr worth $1.1bn for Yahoo!?

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Yahoo!’s acquisition of blogging service Tumblr has been all over the news in the past few days, as the company looks to make its first big-ticket acquisition of 2013. Remarkably, the agreed price of the acquisition stands at $1.1bn, a substantial amount considering that Tumblr accrued just $13m in revenues last year. So, the question begs to be asked, why has Yahoo! paid such a premium in order to seize control of the fiver-year-old company? The answer lies with its online presence, specifically within the social media space. According to… Read more

Cadbury Maintaining Sustainability and Traditions in UK Chocolate Market

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In 2009 Cadbury trialed a new packaging format for its Roses chocolates brand, replacing the standard 975g metal tin with a carton box pack. However, a poor sales performance resulted in the company reverting to the tin format for the 2010 Christmas season. This article analyzes the reasons behind Cadbury’s decision, and explores the hypothesis that consumers’ actions relating to sustainability may be at odds with their intentions when brands evoke strong emotions of tradition and nostalgia. This article examines the reasons behind Cadbury’s original packaging switch and subsequent reversal,… Read more

Sony Profitable Again after Five Years

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Following a weaker yen (the dollar and euro have both appreciated almost 20% against the yen in recent months), the giant electronics, entertainment, and technology exporter has recorded a net profit of Y43bn ($435m), a remarkable turnaround from the Japanese firm’s Y475bn loss a year earlier. Indeed, currency market trends, largely brought about by the consequences or perceived future consequences of the Bank of Japan’s monetary, fiscal, and regulatory easing (what has been deemed Abenomics, after the incumbent Premier’s pushing for the changes), have been necessary for the turnaround, the… Read more