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Challenging Year Ahead for the BRICs

by February 1st, 2016
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  All-in-all 2016 is set to be far from a stellar year for the BRICs. China’s troubles are sending shockwaves around the world; both Russia and Brazil are stuck in recession. India will be the group’s standout performer, and indeed will be the world’s fastest-growing, large emerging economy. All four need focus on an agenda […]

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London’s Crossrail: A Public Transport Gem?

by December 13th, 2015
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As projects go, Crossrail ranks as one of the most ambitious public transportation ventures to be witnessed across Europe. The £14.8 billion project will act as a bridge between the wider regions of East and West London, running through the city’s main business centres and international gateways.

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The Best Cities for Startups

by September 30th, 2015
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Listen as MP3 According to the recently released Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 by Compass, the list of cities ideal for startups is dominated by North American and European cities. However, a few emerging cities cracked the list, including Sao Paulo, Moscow, and Bangalore. These cities share common traits, including well-educated, talented populations, the spread […]

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Olympic Hopes and Doubts of Two Asian Megacities

by September 20th, 2015
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Whilst hosting the Olympic Games has proven to increase infrastructural investment and national pride, the idea of Olympic events being advantageous for wider economic growth is often debated. Economists, nonetheless, do agree that the potential benefits of hosting Olympic Games very much depend on the state that the host city is in before the Olympic […]

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Top Developed World Cities with Low Reliance on Car-Based Mobility

by August 31st, 2015
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The passenger car is seen as a necessity rather than a luxury item in developed countries. In fact, in 2014, 80% of households in the developed world owned at least one car. Despite omnipresent passenger cars, there are areas where car dependency is surprisingly low in developed countries – namely, some of the most affluent […]

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Deception of Expanding Urban Populations

by August 30th, 2015
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Over the next 15 years, the world’s urban population growth will be fed by the two principal regions – Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Asia Pacific – which together will account for 84% (or 986 million people) of the global urban population increase. While the process of urbanisation is good news for many consumer […]

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Strategies for Consumer Market Success in China

by August 3rd, 2015
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With a background of slowing economic growth and increasing competition from domestic and global players alike, multinationals are broadening their horizons in order to succeed in China. Retail sales growth has been decelerating since 2010 and is expected to continue to do so. Recent stock market falls have dented business and consumer confidence and companies […]

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Cities Hotbed for Internet Retailing Growth

by June 28th, 2015
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Over 2014-2019, internet retailing is expected to grow by 76% to reach US$1.5 trillion in turnover (in constant value terms), while traditional store-based retailing will grow considerably more slowly at 11% to almost US$14.6 trillion. However, internet retailing seems set to take off only in markets where conditions are right. Specifically, the share of internet […]