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Posts written in September 2012

What Remains the Most Prevalent Segment within the Construction Materials Market?

Construction Materials

  In spite of continuing financial and economic uncertainty impacting the global economy, the global construction materials market has recovered from decline in 2009 with strong growth in 2010 and 2011. Growth in 2011 was fairly universal, with both developing and developed markets seeing a healthy return to expansion. The global market grew by 6.4% in 2011, to reach a value of $664.4 billion, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% in the period spanning 2007-2011. Sand, gravel, other aggregates remains the most prevalent segment within the market,… Read more

Strong Growth of Alcohol Consumption in Emerging Markets Prompts Mergers and Acquisitions


  In the past few years, there has been a great deal of M&A (mergers and acquisition) activity in the alcohol market. Most of this activity is taking place in emerging markets: Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa. In 2007, Asia overtook Europe and the Americas as the biggest beer-drinking continent. With regards to per capita alcohol consumption, European countries outperform other regions by far. The World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2011 revealed Moldova to have the highest per capita consumption, at 18.22 liters. Of the… Read more

UK Government to Swipe Charges from Merchants

  Swipe charges have long been the subject of heated debate, with many consumers in the UK voicing their anger at what they deem to be excessive stealth charges. As a result, the UK government, via the Office of Fair Trading, (OFT) launched an investigation into the charges levied by merchants when customers pay by either credit or debit card. Last December, the OFT announced plans to stop retailers imposing excessive or surprise surcharges and this week, the government announced plans to push ahead with the plan. The proposals will… Read more

Amazon continue to pursue the lucrative tablet computer market

  Amazon’s Kindle Fire has seen great success in the US since its launch last November: according to Amazon, it has captured a 22% market share of the US tablet computer market. So, with rumors of an Apple iPad mini, speculated for announcement on September 12th, and the entry of Asus’s Google branded Nexus 7 tablet into the fray, an update to Amazon’s product seemed inevitable. Amazon did not disappoint. On September 6th, we saw three new Kindle Fire tablets revealed to the world: an updated version of the original… Read more

Management and Marketing Consulting Market Faces Competition From In-house Specialists


  Despite continuing financial and economic uncertainty impacting the global economy, management & marketing consulting continues to grow in 2011, with only Japan declining of the major markets. The global market expanded by 6.2% in 2011, to reach a value of $301.1 billion, indicating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% in the period 2007-2011. Growth in this period was primarily driven by the Americas and the Middle East and Africa, who achieved the largest CAGRs in 2007-2011. The Americas contains the single largest consulting market, the United States,… Read more