November 29, 2014
The recent report that the producer of the Grand Marnier liqueur, Marnier-Lapostelle, is considering its options means that its days of independence are numbered. This should be of little surprise. The growing consolidation, lack of scale of the company and the high prices spirits brands and companies are fetching means selling up looks very appealing […]
November 21, 2014
In India, like other emerging Asia markets where tea consumption is high, there is a lot of focus on the value opportunity from the transition from unpackaged (unbranded) tea to packaged tea products. Indeed, between 2008 and 2013, tea increased by 118% in retail value, reaching US$1.9 billion. Yet, retail volume growth has been less […]
November 29, 2014
 As one of the largest constituents of the over-the-counter (OTC) market, analgesics are a cornerstone of many top consumer health producers’ portfolios. The category is emerging from a tumultuous period marked by supply shocks, far-reaching regulatory changes, new competitive dynamics and demographic shifts that could all have substantial long-term effects on how consumers engage with […]
October 31, 2014
The anticipated flood of Chinese cars on European shores has simply not materialised. Even in the UK, where SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) produces cars bearing the infamous MG badge, the brand captures less than 0.1% of the UK passenger car market and no other Chinese contenders appear in data released by the national trade association, […]
October 24, 2014
Analyst Insight by Fflur Roberts – Luxury Goods Analyst Despite France’s venerable position on the global luxury and fashion scene, the French luxury market has not escaped the country’s poor macroeconomic environment. According to Euromonitor International’s latest research, luxury sales in France reached just under €18 billion in 2014, making it the third biggest market […]
October 9, 2014
Coty has bid for Chanel’s masstige make-up brand, Bourjois, in an all-share deal worth about US$239 million, making Chanel a stakeholder in Coty, with a 4.2% share. Coty’s enlarged colour cosmetics portfolio, with its predominantly mass price positioning, is getting aligned for emerging market expansion, targeting a wide consumer base with relative weak spending power […]
Ildiko Szalai
October 7, 2014
The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 has been awarded to three Japanese scientists for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, enabling bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The publicity generated by this award is likely to boost consumer interest in LED lamps. “The 21st century will be lit by LED lamps” Professors Isamu […]
October 6, 2014
Light vehicle sales in Brazil rose every year from 2004 to 2011 but faced with weak economic growth and flagging car sales, the government lowered the tax on industrial products (IPI) on May 24, 2012 in order to stimulate demand for new cars. The reduction was originally planned to run until August 31 but was […]

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