September 16, 2014

What Impact Would Scottish Independence Have on the Retailing Industry?

Filippo BattainiAnalyst Insight by Filippo Battaini - Retailing Analyst

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In view of the vote on 18th September on whether Scotland should become an independent state or not, there has been a lot of debate on the state of the Scottish economy and whether Scotland will fare better or worse outside the union. But, with a Scottish retailing market that Euromonitor International estimates at £28.5 billion in 2013, what is it likely to be the impact of the possible independence on this industry? Will an independent Scotland be good or bad for large retailers currently operating across the UK? As the details of how independence would be implemented still need to be negotiated and defined – for instance, it is not clear which currency an independent Scotland would adopt – it is currently not possible to state precisely the likely impact that Scottish independence would have on the retailing industry.

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Big Data, Unique IDs and Prescriptive Analytics: Revolutionising Online Travel Marketing

Angelo RossiniAnalyst Insight by Angleo Rossini - Contributing Online Travel and Tourism Analyst

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Some of the most interesting recent developments in travel technology concern big data and prescriptive analytics. The convergence of these technological developments and the possibility of identifying online consumers through unique IDs are going to be some of the most significant factors affecting the online travel competitive environment in the next few years.

Big data analytics will increasingly enable companies to target consumers in a more personalised and effective way through the whole marketing mix. This will mean higher conversion rates for companies and a better consumer experience for customers. But these developments will also see some companies gain ground in the online travel competitive environment thanks to their superior ability to collect and analyse consumer data, and other companies to become less competitive, not being able to target consumers in a more customised way. 

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Euromonitor to Speak at WTM Vision Rimini at TTG Incontri

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WTM Vision Rimini at TTG Incontri

Date: 9 October 2014, 3-5pm

Location: Rimini Fiera, TTG Forum. Pad. C2

Presentation: The global economy is on the mend and tourist arrivals recorded another sharp performance in 2013, reaching record numbers of over one billion worldwide. While China and Russia drive outbound tourism growth, low cost carriers are increasingly successful worldwide and their business model is embraced by several schedule airlines and hotel sales see a global recovery led primarily by mid-priced outlets.

In this presentation, Angelo Rossini, Online Travel Analyst at Euromonitor International, will analyse the consumer trends and forces driving change in the travel industry and will showcase the latest developments in online travel. Angelo will assess how the online and mobile channels are re-shaping the travel industry and review the potential in this industry for big data analytics and wearable electronics. Euromonitor International’s research will help to answer burning questions such as how are online consumer demands changing and how should travel companies adapt their business models to be successful.

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September 15, 2014

The Potential Impact of Scottish Independence on the UK's Business and Consumer Landscape

Carrie_LennardAnalyst Insight by Carrie Lennard - Business Environment Manager

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As Scottish citizens prepare to vote on the 18th September 2014 on the issue of Scottish independence, the outcome will have a major impact on the United Kingdom, and the EU as a whole. The UK is one of the most robust economies in the EU, accounting for 14.6% of total EU GDP in 2013. If Scotland becomes independent, the impact on the consumer landscape and business environments in both Scotland and the remainder of the United Kingdom will be far reaching, potentially impacting many areas such as retailing and consumers, the employment landscape and government finances.

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Heineken NV rebuffs the SABMiller Plc bid

Amin AlkhatibAnalyst Insight by Amin Alkhatib - Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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SABMiller Plc’s move to buy the majority family-owned Heineken NV was a surprise to the global beer industry, but it being rebuffed was not. This seems to be a defensive move by SABMiller and a reactionary one to speculation of an Anheuser-Busch NV take-over at a time when the latter is accumulating capital in preparation for the biggest ever buy-out in the beer market. Heineken’s decision to rebuff the offer is of no surprise due to the majority ownership by the de Carvalho-Heineken family.

According to Euromonitor, the consequences of this buyout would significantly reshape the competitive landscape for the global beer market as the second and third largest brewers would bring together over 37 billion liters of beer sales at around a 19% share of global market volume sales in 2014. The combined companies would reassert their dominance on the beer market in Western and Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa (MEA) placing them on the heels of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in second place on a global level with less than 1% volume share separating the top two brewers. A-B InBev’s chances to buy out SABMiller, as speculated by the industry, would weaken as the capital required for the buy-out significantly expands. Furthermore, A-B InBev would have to deal with a major competitor in future consolidation moves, beyond those that would already exist.

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Latest Research: Packaged Food 2015 Edition Now Live

Lamine_LahouasniaAnalyst Insight by Lamine Lahouasnia - Head of Packaged Food Research

We’re pleased to announce that the new 2015 Packaged Food 2015 Edition is now live and available to access on Passport. The updated research provides the latest data and insights on the food industry and identifies the key prospects through to 2019.

We have continued to strengthen and refine coverage of all 80 country markets tracked across 19 food categories and their respective constituent sections (298 category product levels in total). This latest edition adds tremendous extra value to our already comprehensive industry coverage.

Against the backdrop of rising commodity prices and greater political instability, 2014 has been a challenging year for the food industry and yet 2013 and 2014 have delivered some of the highest growth rates in retail value terms in the last decade. This marks a departure from the historically volume-driven nature of the industry and this is perhaps the most telling story from the new data: How the food industry is seeking to increase profitability through higher prices.

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Assessing the Economic Cost of Epidemics

Global attention has turned to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, turning the spotlight away from the economic costs of lifestyle diseases and health problems such as obesity and diabetes toward the cost of infectious disease. In the short-term, the economic consequences for the affected countries can be significant, but in the longer term the impact can be harder to decipher. The cost depends on the longevity and severity of the crisis and the demographic and economic profile of those directly affected.

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September 14, 2014

Euromonitor to speak at Health Ingredients Europe (Hi Europe) 2014

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Date: 2 – 4 December 2014

Location: Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands

Conference: Euromonitor International is pleased to be a part of Health Ingredients Europe. The leading nutritional ingredients event, Health ingredients (Hi) Europe & Natural ingredients (Ni) have created a powerhouse exhibition that will provide a complete 360 perspective of the Nutritional + Wellness industry. Becoming the global meeting place for nutritional food and beverage innovation, HiE will highlight ingredients and solutions for food and drink formulation/reformulation, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, organics and packaging & processing.

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Asia Continues to be a Driving Force in Health and Wellness

Diana.cowlandAnalyst Insight by Diana Cowland - Senior Health and Wellness Analyst

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Healthy food and drink is in demand globally, driven by the many individuals who are becoming more aware of their nutrition intake. Such products – particularly those with a functional positioning – are often more expensive than conventional packaged food and beverages. Despite this, global sales were up 3% over 2012-2013 in constant value terms, to reach an impressive US$749.6 billion in 2013, equivalent to 34% of total beverage and packaged food sales globally.

However, it is the emerging markets that are the global engine of growth in health and wellness (HW). Euromonitor International’s HW data shows that in 2013 of the top 10 fastest-growing countries in HW packaged food and HW beverages five and four of them were in Asia Pacific, respectively. While China (inclusive of Hong Kong) led, partly driven by the incredible demand for fortified/functional milk formula, opportunities do not only lie here. Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and India are significant growth markets – albeit from a smaller base – with increasing disposable income levels and rising availability of healthier food and drink. In addition, rising health concerns related to dietary intake are also helping to fuel this demand for health and wellness.

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Competition between Expedia and Priceline Heats Up - Part 1

Angelo RossiniAnlayst Insight by Angelo Rossini - Contributing Online Travel Analyst

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While online travel retail sales are continuing their steady growth globally, consolidation is increasing among online travel agencies, with Expedia and Priceline strengthening their positions as the most successful and innovative companies and constantly gaining share in the category.

Priceline managed to record the sharpest growth over the 2004-2013 period, which allowed the company to stand beside Expedia at the top of the global online travel agency (OTA) and travel intermediary ranking in 2013. Competition between the two OTA giants is getting tougher in 2014, with Priceline continuing its sharp rise and Expedia also achieving a remarkable performance.

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What Impact Would Scottish Independence Have on the Retailing Industry?

Big Data, Unique IDs and Prescriptive Analytics: Revolutionising Online Travel Marketing

Euromonitor to Speak at WTM Vision Rimini at TTG Incontri

The Potential Impact of Scottish Independence on the UK's Business and Consumer Landscape

Heineken NV rebuffs the SABMiller Plc bid

Latest Research: Packaged Food 2015 Edition Now Live

Assessing the Economic Cost of Epidemics

Euromonitor to speak at Health Ingredients Europe (Hi Europe) 2014

Asia Continues to be a Driving Force in Health and Wellness

Competition between Expedia and Priceline Heats Up - Part 1