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Posts written in May 2012

Galaxy S III fever hits consumers across the globe


Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung this week launched the latest product in its flagship smartphone range, the Galaxy S III. The success of its predecessor, the Galaxy S II, which sold 20 million units within 10 months of its release and garnered a great deal of critical acclaim, guaranteed a certain degree of anticipation, but the sight of the kind of queues usually reserved for Apple products will have surprised even Samsung. The Galaxy S II helped Samsung usurp Apple as the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer and has also been credited… Read more

The America’s Region Continues to Dominate the Biofuels Market

  The global biofuels market grew at a strong rate in 2011. This is evidence that the market is continuing to play an increasingly important role in both helping countries to meet international green energy targets and providing a new source of energy to help dissipate the reliance on traditional fuels. Due to high biofuel production costs, the market is affected strongly by local government subsidies and can become unprofitable when a government reduces or pulls out from a biofuel subsidy program in any given country. The global biofuels industry… Read more

Facebook’s flotation: better late than never

  Last Friday (May 18th) saw the most highly-anticipated flotation in recent memory as the world’s most popular social network debuted on the NASDAQ stock exchange. But not before an embarrassing delay. The most talked about IPO in the history of Silicon Valley did not get underway until two hours after Mark Zuckerberg had sounded the opening bell at 9 a.m. EDT due to a technical error on the part of NASDAQ, a mistake which has left the stock exchange very much red faced. This did little to dampen the… Read more

What the F? Facebook: The $100 billion social network

The white ‘f’, the thumbs up ‘like’ symbol, the ‘wall.’ These things mean one thing to over 900 million people worldwide: Facebook. Since it was launched in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, Facebook has grown to become the world’s most popular social network and a multi-billion dollar turnover business. As of March 2012, the site had 901 million monthly active users (MAUs) worldwide; 526 million of which are classed as daily active users (DAUs). The company’s management team has successfully translated this in to revenues and profits, growing it… Read more

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Olympic Champion – John Lewis

  This weeks Olympic Business Champion Series – a selection of unique profiles analysing companies that support the most powerful sporting event worldwide in 2012 –  this week is focussing on retail giant John Lewis. John Lewis Partnership is one of the UK’s most well-known and successful retail chains. Whereas most retailers of its scale are owned by shareholders, John Lewis Partnership is owned by its employees via a trust, this is reflected in the structures in place for workplace democracy, and in the annual profit-share bonus given to all… Read more

The global Agricultural Machinery market reached a value of $61.7 billion in 2011

  Despite continuing financial and economic uncertainty impacting the global economy, agricultural machinery achieved recovery in 2011, with both developed and developing nations posting a strong recovery. Volumes of sales continued to increase, and levels have already fully recovered from the 2009 decline. Industry Figures The global market expanded by 11.9% in 2011, to reach a value of $61.7 billion, indicating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9% in the period 2007-2011. Growth in this period was primarily driven by Asia-Pacific and Europe, who achieved the largest CAGRs in… Read more