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July 4, 2014

Global Trends in Business Taxes

Carrie_LennardWith Carrie Lenard, Business Environment Manager

Business taxes are a key factor for companies when planning future investment strategies.  A low business tax environment encourages foreign direct investments, creates jobs and means high profit margins for companies. Since the global financial crisis, many developed countries lowered their business taxes in order to relieve burdens placed on businesses by unemployment rates. Emerging markets, on the other hand, tend to have higher business tax rates to bring in more funds to the government. As a result, these countries often miss important foreign investment.

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July 1, 2014

Indonesia: A Hotbed for the Beverages Industry

Euroasia_yulia.fransisca_LThumb[1]With Yulia Fransisca, Senior Research Analyst

Indonesia is an often-targeted country for companies attempting to enter a new market in Asia-Pacific due to its massive population, rising purchasing power and fast growing middle class. The soft drinks market in the country is on the rise, with categories such as juices, ready-to-drink coffee and ready-to-drink tea growing in consumption and awareness. For companies attempting to break into Indonesia, product differentiation is key as consumers in the country are constantly looking for new experiences within the beverage category.

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June 30, 2014

Combatting Income Inequality in the World’s most Unequal Cities

Neringa_UrnikyteWith Neringa Urnikyte, Cities Data Analyst

Nine out of ten of the world’s most unequal cities in terms of income were in Africa or Latin America in 2005, and governments in these cities have attempted to close the gap between the rich and the poor with varying results. Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa both consistently struggle with inequality created by apartheid, and the gap is increasing due to an increase in income levels for the wealthier population. In Latin America, many cities are revamping their education programs, moving more children into schools and subsequently into the labor force. As a result, the middle class is on the rise in cities such as São Paulo, Salvador, Quito, Guayaquil and Guatemala City.

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June 26, 2014

How Technology Drives Global Tourism

image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14052314/ad4f58b0-530a-4cd0-a12e-569f97c066b3.pngWith Pavel Marceaux, Technology, Communications and Media Analyst

37.5 percent of the global population was using the internet in 2013 and these consumers use digital services for hotel booking, flight booking, travel reviews and travel discounts. Websites such as Tripadvisor, Expedia and Kayak are valued in the billions of dollars, and the tourism industry will only benefit as the global population of internet users  reaches 46.1 percent in 2018.

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June 24, 2014

Lakmé Venturing into Premium Color Cosmetics in India

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With Ina Dawer, Senior Research Analyst

Lakmé, a brand of colour cosmetics in India owned by Hindustan Unilever is releasing new upscale products at premium prices in order to compete with brands such as L’Oreal Paris. These products, created to specifically target urban women who prefer premium cosmetics, are also an attempt to compensate for slow volume growth of Hindustan Unilever’s other brands such as Fair & Lovely and Clinic Plus. If these premium products are a success, Unilever may the same strategy in other areas of its portfolio such as skin care.

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June 19, 2014

European Central Bank Responds to Slow Eurozone Recovery

D.SolomonWith Daniel Solomon, Economist

On June 5th the European Central Bank reduced its main policy interest rate by 10 basis points to 0.15 percent in response to the slow recovery and low inflation rates in the eurozone. On addition, the ECB announced the availability of 400 billion Euros in long term loans to eurozone banks. The hope is banks lend more money to the private sector, particularly small and medium sized businesses that were among the main victims of the credit crunch in southern Europe. The ECB’s actions should provide a small temporary boost to the eurozone’s economy but the effect on the speed of the recovery will be limited.

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June 16, 2014

Global Interest in Sports and Fitness Rises with the World Cup

image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14032714/8872e3b6-85ee-4990-8f48-6c44f5782ccf.pngWith Daphne Kasriel, Consumer Trends Consultant

Consumers worldwide are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of exercise and fitness due to alarming obesity rates and the dangers of sedentary lifestyles and poor diets. For example, according to a recent Euromonitor survey of its global network of analysts, only three percent said they never exercise. With the World Cup in the global spotlight, consumers will be focusing even more on sports and spending on sports apparel and equipment, including new technology such as fitness and activity trackers. 

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June 15, 2014

一般用医薬品のインターネット販売制度改正

EURO_NT_Yukino.Kawabata_LThumb川端 雪乃,  リサーチアナリスト

一般用医薬品のインターネット販売に関する新たな制度が6月12日に施行されました。

最高裁判所の判決による一般用医薬品のネット販売解禁を受け、新制度はネット販売の安全性を確立するものとされています。

ネット販売事業者は、新たなサービスや付加価値を提供して対応していく必要があります。

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Internet Sales of Over-the-Counter Drugs in Japan Expected to Perform Well

EURO_NT_Yukino.Kawabata_LThumbWith Yukino Kawabata, Research Analyst

The recent lift on the ban of online over-the-counter drug sales in Japan has led to public concern about lack of regulation, so starting on June 12 stricter laws went into place to regulate these sales. Despite the new laws, online retailers such as Amazon Japan are selling OTC drugs for cheaper than pharmacies and drug stores, leading some physical retailers to offer services such as next day delivery. Overall, internet sales of OTC drugs should perform well in the coming years due to Japan’s active and aging population.

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June 9, 2014

Tissue Sales Struggling in the Middle Class

Ian_BellWith Ian Bell, Head of Home Care, Tissue and Hygiene

Tissue manufacturers are struggling to gain sales within the middle class segments of emerging markets as consumers choose to spend their income on other products. Competition from industries such as apparel, hot drinks and consumer electronics are taking sales away from tissue products. In Mexico for example, the population consumes about 4.5 kilograms per capita of tissue products while in the United States the number is around 13.4 kilograms.

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