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  • Germany looks strong, picks up European stocks

    Germany looks strong, picks up European stocks

    Managed, Friday, 12 February 2016

    Despite geo-political turmoil and an emerging-market slowdown that some feel threatens global growth in 2016, Germany’s economy appears to have sustained its momentum until the end of 2015. This was responsible for giving European equities a welcome reprieve ...
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter Group’s sales soar

    Yoox Net-a-Porter Group’s sales soar

    Ecommerce, Friday, 12 February 2016

    The merger between Yoox and Net-a-Porter, which was completed in October following a March agreement, sparked excitement amongst investors and, following this week’s financial reports, that buzz has certainly been justified. The newly formed and aptly named ...
  • Syngenta edges closer to huge £30billion Chinese sale

    Syngenta edges closer to huge £30billion Chinese sale

    Managed, Friday, 12 February 2016

    Farming and agriculture industries are, and will be, at the forefront of world news and the issues affecting civilization as a whole for the foreseeable future.  With this in mind, any large deal or development involving these companies has the potential to ...
  • Worldpay launches in Canada with new partnership

    Worldpay launches in Canada with new partnership

    Ecommerce, Friday, 12 February 2016

    Worldpay, the global leader in payment processing technology has continued its global expansion with the announcement of a new partnership with a Canadian bank. Worldpay, which has been in the FTSE100 since December, has joined forces with the People’s Trust ...
  • Yellen: risks are real, but U.S. economy remains healthy

    Yellen: risks are real, but U.S. economy remains healthy

    Managed, Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Federal Reserve (FED) chairperson Janet Yellen addressed U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, making her first comment since the FED’s historic decision to raise rates in December. Her message? That tighter credit markets, volatile financial markets, and uncertainty ...
  • Pandora continue to charm the market

    Pandora continue to charm the market

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 11 February 2016

    The latest set of figures coming out of Pandora are once again impressive and not even conservative forecasting for 2016 can take the shine off an excellent year for the Danish jewellery company. Pandora group revenue in 2015 was DKK 16.7 billion (£1.74 ...
  • Domino’s Pizza want a slice of the robotic action

    Domino’s Pizza want a slice of the robotic action

    Managed, Thursday, 11 February 2016

    With every month that goes by there seems to be another industry or profession which is being revolutionized by machines and technology as artificial intelligence and robotics are improving by the day. Now, Domino’s Pizza Group are looking to continue their ...
  • The reaction to Disney’s first quarter is more far-fetched than Star Wars

    The reaction to Disney’s first quarter is more far-fetched than Star Wars

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Disney’s holiday season blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a film about two teenagers who travel through space with flashing energy swords at the whim of an invisible ‘force’. Far fetched? It’s nothing compared to the market’s ...
  • Banking confidence leads Europe shares up

    Banking confidence leads Europe shares up

    Managed, Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    European stocks rose today after concerns about the health of banks eased and oil prices recovered from Tuesday’s drop. Yesterday, headlines about the fate of Deutsche Bank were plentiful, as continued poor performance from Germany’s biggest lender ...
  • Fashion and retail businesses cash in on big spenders

    Fashion and retail businesses cash in on big spenders

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    January is typically a time when consumers tighten the purse strings following the Christmas season. However, in the UK at least, shoppers have been out in full force this year, as retail sales jumped by 2.6% on a like-for-like basis last month according to data ...
  • Can Burberry get back on the Chinese dragon?

    Can Burberry get back on the Chinese dragon?

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    Towards the end of last year, Burberry’s stock price tumbled due to slowing business in China, where it gets 40% of its retail sales. Since Dominion rebought the stock, Burberry has recovered slightly, but there are still questions as to what type of year the ...
  • Amazon sets its sights on the gaming community with two new products

    Amazon sets its sights on the gaming community with two new products

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    Amazon has been diversifying itself across many different markets in recent years and this strategy shows no sign of slowing up following today’s news that it is releasing two more products and entering into a new, lucrative market.  The new products are ...
  • Goldman Sachs: who’s afraid of the markets?

    Goldman Sachs: who’s afraid of the markets?

    Managed, Tuesday, 09 February 2016

    As stock markets continue to lurch from uneasy turmoil to uneasy turmoil, many commentators have turned to speculation on a worrying theme: recession. However, not so Goldman Sachs, which has released commentary at the beginning of the week claiming not only that ...
  • Tyson Foods’ first quarter report is certainly food for thought

    Tyson Foods’ first quarter report is certainly food for thought

    Managed, Tuesday, 09 February 2016

    Tyson Foods, a global food producer that supplies meat and deli products to consumers and retailers alike, reported first quarter earnings this week.  And those earnings made one thing very clear: the company’s performance is as tasty as its products. ...
  • Estee Lauder looks attractive on second quarter results

    Estee Lauder looks attractive on second quarter results

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 09 February 2016

    Global cosmetics kingpin Estee Lauder posted second quarter results for fiscal 2016 this week that demonstrated that its underlying business is every bit as attractive to investors as the models that feature in its advertising. The company soundly beat ...
  • Hexagon AB holding its own in face of global economic troubles

    Hexagon AB holding its own in face of global economic troubles

    Managed, Tuesday, 09 February 2016

    Hexagon AB, a global provider of IT technology that is used for geospatial measuring (in industrial surveying, or GPS mapping, for example) has announced impressive end of year financial reports. Earnings per share increased by 16% to €0.43 over the past ...
  • Emerging market growth gets help from unexpected quarter

    Emerging market growth gets help from unexpected quarter

    Managed, Monday, 08 February 2016

    According to Alberto Ades, head of global economic research at Bank of America Corp, emerging market economy growth is about to get a surprise tailwind from an unexpected source: Russia. Ades was quite clear on the fact that Russia will still be in recession during ...
  • Who says the answers can’t be found at the bottom of a bottle?

    Who says the answers can’t be found at the bottom of a bottle?

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 08 February 2016

    If your investment decisions over the last twelve months included heavy bets on oil or gold, you probably aren’t the happiest of investors today. Likewise, diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but they certainly haven’t been investors’. If ...
  • Heartland’s fourth quarter is reason for Global Payments to smile

    Heartland’s fourth quarter is reason for Global Payments to smile

    Ecommerce, Monday, 08 February 2016

    The last month hasn’t been particularly kind to ingeniously named global payments provider, Global Payments. However, the company (and those of us who hold its shares in their portfolios) has been given reason to turn its frown upside down in the past week, as ...
  • LVMH: up 7% on strong quarter, bullish over China

    LVMH: up 7% on strong quarter, bullish over China

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 08 February 2016

    Shares of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE jumped 7% last Wednesday as the multi-brand luxury giant reported strong fourth quarter revenue in tandem with a positive outlook over China. CEO Bernard Arnault conveyed confidence that LVMH’s core offering ...
  • What to watch for in the U.S. jobs report

    What to watch for in the U.S. jobs report

    All stories, Friday, 05 February 2016

    Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian has some pretty impressive credentials to his name: amongst them, a doctorate in economics from Oxford, a background as CEO at Pimco, and he’s the chairman of President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council. So, in the run up ...
  • Dassault Systemes sees solid fourth quarter

    Dassault Systemes sees solid fourth quarter

    Managed, Friday, 05 February 2016

    Dassault Systemes, a French 3D software market leader, reported strong fourth quarter figures yesterday that perfectly cap what was a year of “double digit” growth for the company. On a non International Financial Reporting Standard, Dassault posted a ...
  • Priceline’s new strategy is all about choice

    Priceline’s new strategy is all about choice

    Ecommerce, Friday, 05 February 2016

    Priceline is one of the biggest names in online and mobile travel booking, perhaps inly rivaled by Expedia. Against a backdrop of turbulent markets, the online travel sector is forecast to continue growing at an impressive rate over 2016. Priceline, in an effort to ...
  • Royal Caribbean beats expectations… and its share price falls

    Royal Caribbean beats expectations… and its share price falls

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 05 February 2016

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reported earnings this week, showing a strong business that has kept bookings high with engaging marketing initiatives, as well as capturing more custom from emerging markets in Asia. The company saw an increase of 3% in its total ...
  • U.S.: equities clawing their way up in a mixed market

    U.S.: equities clawing their way up in a mixed market

    Managed, Thursday, 04 February 2016

    On Monday, U.S. equities didn’t seem to know what they were doing. They bounced between gains and losses but, eventually, settled to consolidate some of the impressive gains seen last Friday. The underlying causes remain the same: rumors of an OPEC oil ...
  • Why did Syngenta’s stock rise despite poor results? ChemChina deal

    Why did Syngenta’s stock rise despite poor results? ChemChina deal

    Managed, Thursday, 04 February 2016

    Syngenta posted full year results for 2015 yesterday that were underwhelming, to say the least. However, the stock rose sharply on the back of them. Why? Because, along with the release of these figures, Syngenta announced that ChemChina had made a bid for the ...
  • Is Amazon about to open 400 brick-and-mortar bookstores?

    Is Amazon about to open 400 brick-and-mortar bookstores?

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 04 February 2016

    According to a large mall CEO, Amazon – the icon of ecommerce – is planning to open hundreds of physical bookstores. If this news surprises you, you’re not alone: Amazon is the company that pretty much made the physical bookshop an obsolete ...
  • Move over Netflix: is Nike the new king of ‘original content’?

    Move over Netflix: is Nike the new king of ‘original content’?

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 04 February 2016

    Sports apparel giant Nike has shocked the online world by taking a page out of streaming video on demand king Netflix! Netflix has achieved phenomenal success, outperforming all of its peers, by delivering the best original content possible, from House of Cards to ...
  • Economic Outlook for February 2016

    Economic Outlook for February 2016

    All stories, Wednesday, 03 February 2016

    Starting in December, equity markets have been showing a close correlation with oil prices. In addition, uncertainties surrounding economic trends in China and the USA have contributed to an overall sense of a possible global slow-down. In spite of the fact that ...
  • Alphabet now officially most valuable company in the world

    Alphabet now officially most valuable company in the world

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 03 February 2016

    Google’s parent company, Alphabet, posted fourth quarter figures on Monday that easily beat analysts’ expectations and demonstrated remarkable growth for a company of its size. The tech giant reported earnings of $8.67 per share, easily topping the ...
  • Will ChemChina buy Syngenta today?

    Will ChemChina buy Syngenta today?

    Managed, Wednesday, 03 February 2016

    Swiss pesticides and seeds maker Syngenta has long been viewed as an attractive acquisition proposition. And, as the agriculture sector continues to face fresh challenges, M&A activity is likely to become central to success: companies must work with each other ...
  • Asia’s a problem? Not for Jimmy Choo!

    Asia’s a problem? Not for Jimmy Choo!

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 03 February 2016

    Luxury companies have fallen on hard times in Asia recently, but one company that seems to have bucked that trend in 2015 is UK luxury shoemaker, Jimmy Choo. Set up by former Vogue accessories editor and UK trained Malaysian cobbler-turned-designer Jimmy Choo in the ...
  • Welcome to the Millennial market

    Welcome to the Millennial market

    Managed, Tuesday, 02 February 2016

    At the end of last week, we reported that Visa and PayPal both reported positive quarterly figures (see here and here), and today we’ve added MasterCard to the collection of payment providers giving out good news. All these people making cashless ...
  • China’s weak manufacturing stats hits stocks hard

    China’s weak manufacturing stats hits stocks hard

    Managed, Tuesday, 02 February 2016

    In the last few days, Chinese manufacturing statistics have missed economists’ estimates, causing a run of bad news for commodities and the currencies of commodity-producing countries, which have taken their toll on the stock market. The reason for this is ...
  • MasterCard defies global economic concerns and beats expectations

    MasterCard defies global economic concerns and beats expectations

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 02 February 2016

    MasterCard reported fourth quarter earnings before market opening on January 29 that demonstrated a solid underlying business. Despite global worries over slumping oil prices, slowing growth in emerging markets, and fluctuations in global exchange rates, MasterCard ...
  • Luxottica: global eyewear king looking good in 2015

    Luxottica: global eyewear king looking good in 2015

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 02 February 2016

    Luxottica, the world’s largest eyewear company responsible for a multitude of popular brands such as Ray Ban and Oakley sunglasses, posted full year results for 2015 at the end of January. The Italian company’s considerable success over the twelve months ...
  • Star Wars Battlefront helps EA Games beat expectations

    Star Wars Battlefront helps EA Games beat expectations

    Ecommerce, Monday, 01 February 2016

    Video game publishing giant Electronic Arts posted third quarter results last week that beat expectations and clearly demonstrated the company’s strength. The company revealed that it was the number one publisher on both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One ...
  • Under Armour share price surges after bumper quarter

    Under Armour share price surges after bumper quarter

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 01 February 2016

    Under Armour’s business has hit new heights in recent months, according to quarterly results, released last week – and the impact the news has had on its share price should put a smile on investor’s faces. Over the fourth quarter, the sports brand ...
  • Visa’s profits: +24%

    Visa’s profits: +24%

    Ecommerce, Monday, 01 February 2016

    Market leading global payment provider Visa posted quarterly profits at the end of last week that continue its run of solid growth. The company reported that increases in payment volumes and processed transactions led to a rise in profit of 24% from the same period ...
  • Amazon chooses growth over profitability

    Amazon chooses growth over profitability

    Ecommerce, Monday, 01 February 2016

    Online retail titan Amazon reported quarterly earnings at the end of last week, and demonstrated once more that profit is far less important to it than growth. Fourth quarter net income more than doubled to $482 million ($1 per share), setting a new record for the ...
  • Does Facebook’s fourth quarter herald the arrival of a new internet king?

    Does Facebook’s fourth quarter herald the arrival of a new internet king?

    Ecommerce, Friday, 29 January 2016

    Facebook smashed analysts’ expectations when it released its fourth quarter earnings yesterday, posting revenues of over $5 billion for the period. This is the first time that Facebook have managed that feat, and it’s caused some observers to question ...
  • Las Vegas Sands fourth quarter: has Macau bottomed out?

    Las Vegas Sands fourth quarter: has Macau bottomed out?

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 29 January 2016

    Gaming giant Las Vegas Sands released fourth quarter 2015 results this week, missing analysts’ expectations due to weakness in Macau. The company is heavily exposed to the Macau gaming industry, which makes up 72% of its revenues, so these results are not ...
  • PayPal smashes fourth quarter and pushes Venmo further

    PayPal smashes fourth quarter and pushes Venmo further

    Managed, Friday, 29 January 2016

    PayPal beat analysts’ expectations this week, posting fourth quarter revenue of $2.6 billion – up 17% from the same period in the previous year, and topping consensus estimates of $2.5 billion. The company also managed to do better than forecast on ...
  • eBay delivers solid, if underwhelming, fourth quarter

    eBay delivers solid, if underwhelming, fourth quarter

    Ecommerce, Friday, 29 January 2016

    Online auction market leader eBay reported fourth quarter 2015 results this week that were met, more or less, with silence. The company’s revenue remained flat, and its earnings more generally were dead on analysts’ estimates. Undoubtedly, many investors ...
  • Oil prices rebound, market responds positively

    Oil prices rebound, market responds positively

    Managed, Thursday, 28 January 2016

    Wall street jumped up by more than 1% on Tuesday following a surge in oil prices and a collection of positive quarterly results. All ten of the major S&P sectors ended the day higher, with the energy sector’s 3.78% gain outperforming its peers. After a ...
  • Global Blue sees blue skies ahead

    Global Blue sees blue skies ahead

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 28 January 2016

    International retail tax refund expert, Global Blue, reported data for December 2015 this week, showing a very welcome rise of 7.9% in global tourism spending. This “strong growth” came largely from the U.S. and Middle East visitor markets last year, but ...
  • Apple beat on earnings, miss on revenue

    Apple beat on earnings, miss on revenue

    All stories, Thursday, 28 January 2016

    Apple, the world’s most valuable company, easily beat analysts’ expectations on earnings earlier in the week, though revenue for the quarter came in slightly below estimates. The Cupertino-based smartphone king said it saw quarterly earnings of $3.28 per ...
  • Coach’s quarterly earnings: a mixed bag

    Coach’s quarterly earnings: a mixed bag

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 28 January 2016

    Luxury handbag maker Coach released second quarter earnings two days ago, reporting a beat on adjusted earnings. The company came out with earnings of 68 cents per share against consensus estimates of 65 cents per share. Despite this win, the high-end accessory ...
  • The Federal Reserve’s five scenarios

    The Federal Reserve’s five scenarios

    Managed, Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    Writing for Bloomberg, Timothy Duy, professor of practice and senior director of the Oregon Economic Forum at the University of Oregon, has outlined five possible scenarios for the Federal Reserve’s (FED) policy before their meeting today. According to Duy, ...
  • PayPal uses AI to keep security at maximum

    PayPal uses AI to keep security at maximum

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    Electronic payment provider PayPal is a disruptive force in ecommerce, so it’s no surprise that it’s leading the pack when it comes to payments security. The type of transactions that online payment providers are wary of are very similar to the ones your ...
  • Service robotics market set to hit $18.02 billion by 2020

    Service robotics market set to hit $18.02 billion by 2020

    Managed, Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    It has become common knowledge that robotics will be a big part of the future, helping to deal with everything from elderly care to construction, but what may not be as well understood is how quickly this is happening. Analysts now think that service robots alone ...
  • Amazon’s brings Kindle books into the real world

    Amazon’s brings Kindle books into the real world

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    Ecommerce kingpin Amazon began its life as an online bookseller. From there, it quickly became the online bookseller, and then evolved again to simply become ‘the online seller’. However, as anyone who owns a Kindle – or one of the many devices ...
  • Pandora jewelry hasn’t lost its shine

    Pandora jewelry hasn’t lost its shine

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    According to preliminary reporting, Pandora’s revenue for 2015 has increased 40% from 2014 to 16.7 billion Danish krone. Pandora, which made the announcement last Wednesday, noted that this was an easy beat of its own financial guidance of 16 billion Danish ...
  • Novartis’ new approvals give it the psoriasis lead against rivals

    Novartis’ new approvals give it the psoriasis lead against rivals

    Managed, Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Drug making giant Novartis has just received U.S. approvals for its new psoriasis treatment Cosentyx, beating competitors to the punch. The new treatment will target psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Psoriatic arthritis may affect up to 1% of the U.S. ...
  • Macy’s fights falling footfall by upping discounts

    Macy’s fights falling footfall by upping discounts

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Iconic luxury retailer Macy’s has had a mixed six months – while the company’s online sales platform has gone from strength to strength, its business overall is suffering. Holiday season sales were down 5% compared to the same period in 2014. As ...
  • Expedia deepens exposure to hotel operations with $9.5 million investment

    Expedia deepens exposure to hotel operations with $9.5 million investment

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Expedia has looked to deepen its exposure to hotel operations with an investment in Alice, a software-as-a-service platform to hotels that enables multiple departments within a hotel to respond to guest requests and provides a reporting and analytics service. Guest ...
  • Starbucks posts record-breaking revenue in first quarter

    Starbucks posts record-breaking revenue in first quarter

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 25 January 2016

    International coffee house market leader Starbucks posted mostly strong quarterly figures at the end of last week, demonstrating a record net revenue of $5.37 billion – up 12% from the same period in 2015. However, the share price fell in after-hours trading ...
  • Google gets it: bad ads suck

    Google gets it: bad ads suck

    Managed, Monday, 25 January 2016

    Google is famous for being the world’s most pre-eminent search engine, and is so ubiquitous that the word ‘google’ itself has become a verb (e.g: “I googled myself”). However, many people don’t realize exactly what Google actually ...
  • The competition may be laughing, but Apple Watch is no joke

    The competition may be laughing, but Apple Watch is no joke

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 25 January 2016

    There is little doubt that the Swiss watch industry regards Apple Watch with a touch of animosity – in some cases, this is no doubt due to a genuine fear that the sparkly new accessory will do to the Swiss watch what the iPod did to the Walkman. Given this ...
  • Ageing IT infrastructure poses growing cyber-security concern

    Ageing IT infrastructure poses growing cyber-security concern

    Ecommerce, Monday, 25 January 2016

    2015 saw a barrage of headlines about hacking and cybercrime, with targets as diverse as infidelity websites, computer game networks, and governmental agencies. The bad news is, this is not down to chance. Cybercrime has grown in volume alongside the ubiquity of the ...
  • It’s official: 2015 was hottest year ever recorded

    It’s official: 2015 was hottest year ever recorded

    Managed, Friday, 22 January 2016

    Data from the Met Office and NASA has confirmed something that many observers have suspected since winter last year: 2015 was the hottest year since records began. Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring at the Met Office, said: “2015 was a record-breaking ...
  • Google wins on downloads, Apple wins on revenue

    Google wins on downloads, Apple wins on revenue

    Ecommerce, Friday, 22 January 2016

    The ongoing war between Apple and Google for smartphone dominance followed predictable (by now) trends in 2015: according to App Annie’s annual report, Android is much more widely adopted than iOS, managing to double the number of its rival’s app ...
  • How fast are we ageing? Faster than we thought!

    How fast are we ageing? Faster than we thought!

    Managed, Friday, 22 January 2016

    It’s no secret that the developed world’s population is ageing rapidly, with experts suggesting that almost 15% of Germany’s population, and 10% of the UK’s, will be over-75 by 2030. In Japan, 12.5% of the population is already over-75, and ...
  • Tiffany’s holiday sales: bullied by a strong Dollar

    Tiffany’s holiday sales: bullied by a strong Dollar

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 22 January 2016

    Tiffany & Co. released figures on Tuesday showing that its holiday season sales had been underwhelming. Sales in the two months through to December 31 dropped 6% from the same period in 2014 to $961 million. The reassuring news for investors is that this is at ...
  • Netflix’s fourth quarter: international subscriptions soar

    Netflix’s fourth quarter: international subscriptions soar

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 21 January 2016

    Netflix, the Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) market leader that has pledged to become the world’s first ever global, on demand, TV network, posted quarterly results on Tuesday, giving its investors (and viewers) something to shout about: the company is well ...
  • Why Burberry is worth more than its share price

    Why Burberry is worth more than its share price

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 21 January 2016

    Burberry had a rough latter half of 2015, losing a significant portion of its market cap due, at least in part, to turbulence in China. Dominion exited the stock on a stop loss when it began to suffer, but recently re-bought it at what may turn out to be a ...
  • Nielsen adds Facebook into social media ratings

    Nielsen adds Facebook into social media ratings

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 21 January 2016

    American global information and measurement company, Nielsen Holdings, has announced that it will add analyses of Facebook – by far the largest social media platform in the world – to its TV ratings. The monitoring of social media itself is not new ...
  • Assa Abloy starts 2016 with smartphone celebration

    Assa Abloy starts 2016 with smartphone celebration

    Managed, Thursday, 21 January 2016

    Global security specialists and lock-and-key market leaders Assa Abloy started 2016 with some great news about their mobile platform. Assa Abloy Hospitality Mobile Access, a highly advanced keyless entry solution developed for the hotel market, has now been ...
  • Starbucks and Spotify team up

    Starbucks and Spotify team up

    Managed, Wednesday, 20 January 2016

    Coffee giant Starbucks announced on Tuesday that it was teaming up with streaming music service Spotify to allow users of the popular Starbucks Mobile App to instantly identify music playing in a Starbucks store, save the music on a Spotify playlist, and have access ...
  • Macy’s sees first ‘billion dollar’ month from digital

    Macy’s sees first ‘billion dollar’ month from digital

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 20 January 2016

    December 2015 saw Macy’s generate its first month of billion dollar sales from its digital platforms according to Yasir Anwar, vice president of digital technology for Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Speaking at the National Retail Federation’s ...
  • Activision Blizzard adding expertise to film and TV studio

    Activision Blizzard adding expertise to film and TV studio

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 20 January 2016

    In November last year, we reported that leading game developer Activision Blizzard was starting its own film and TV studio, which will sit along its e-sports division and help to diversify the company’s revenue away from just games and into other forms of ...
  • Ingredion invests in Mexico

    Ingredion invests in Mexico

    Managed, Wednesday, 20 January 2016

    Ingredion has invested $30 million into its San Juan de Rio manufacturing facility in Mexico, in an effort to expand capacity. The facility makes starches, glucose, HFCS and adhesives, and has been increasing production to support the growth demands of ...
  • Diageo lend new meaning to the phrase ‘drink responsibly’

    Diageo lend new meaning to the phrase ‘drink responsibly’

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 19 January 2016

    You can count Diageo amongst the slew of businesses embracing sustainable business practices – in Diageo’s case, this means trying to help the world meet the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals. Businesses willing to put the time, effort, and ...
  • MasterCard becomes only payment network offered by all major Canadian banks

    MasterCard becomes only payment network offered by all major Canadian banks

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 19 January 2016

    MasterCard has announced that it has reached a deal with Desjardins Group to let Canada’s seventh-largest lender issue its credit cards for the first time. This makes MasterCard the only global payment network offered by all of Canada’s major financial ...
  • BMW wins luxury car race in 2015

    BMW wins luxury car race in 2015

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 19 January 2016

    Luxury carmaker BMW has had a phenomenal 2015, posting record-breaking sales on numerous occasions towards the end of the year (see here, and here). But recently, two even more positive pieces of news were released about the company: first, that 2015 marked its ...
  • Eurofins moves into drug quality control

    Eurofins moves into drug quality control

    Managed, Tuesday, 19 January 2016

    Eurofins Scientific, the Luxembourg-based international group of laboratories that provide testing and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and consumer products industries, has bought drug quality control testing firm Sinensis Life Science BV ...
  • Yahoo isn’t out of the woods yet – but it’s saying all the right things

    Yahoo isn’t out of the woods yet – but it’s saying all the right things

    Ecommerce, Monday, 18 January 2016

    Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer was brought onboard in 2012 to reverse the fortunes of a tech giant gone wrong. Yahoo was late to the party when it came to mobile browsing compatibility, and its core business – online advertising through display ads – ...
  • Brown-Forman sells Southern Comfort and Tuaca for $543.5 million

    Brown-Forman sells Southern Comfort and Tuaca for $543.5 million

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 18 January 2016

    Brown-Forman Corporation, the distiller behind popular brands such as Jack Daniels and Finlandia, has announced the sale of two of its leading liqueur brands, Southern Comfort and Tuaca, to New Orleans drinks company Sazerac for $543.5 million. According to ...
  • Amazon: what did we learn in the holiday season?

    Amazon: what did we learn in the holiday season?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 18 January 2016

    Amazon had its most successful holiday season ever in 2015, breaking records on multiple fronts. But this wasn’t an unexpected event: it was the totally predictable end to a stellar year for the ecommerce giant, which left no doubt in anyone’s minds ...
  • Electric car maker adopts Dassault platform

    Electric car maker adopts Dassault platform

    Managed, Monday, 18 January 2016

    Dassault Systèmes, the Paris-based world leading 3D design software company, has just announced that it has a new fan: electric car maker Faraday Future has adopted Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The automaker cited a fantastic experience with ...
  • Baidu is China’s answer to Google… and Dominos?

    Baidu is China’s answer to Google… and Dominos?

    Ecommerce, Friday, 15 January 2016

    Baidu is often thought of as the Chinese Google. It’s a huge tech company famous for its search engine that pretty much owns the market in the region. And, like Google, Baidu has its sights set on other industries. But while Google is busy trying to build ...
  • Burberry fights headwinds to beat analysts’ expectations

    Burberry fights headwinds to beat analysts’ expectations

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 15 January 2016

    Iconic luxury trench coat maker Burberry reported earnings yesterday that could signal the beginning of a return to form, despite battling powerful industry headwinds. The warmest winter in recorded history has not lent itself to favorable outerwear sales, lower ...
  • Novartis dish out $170 million in immune-oncology deal

    Novartis dish out $170 million in immune-oncology deal

    Managed, Friday, 15 January 2016

    Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has just signed a $170 million deal with U.S.-based Surface Oncology – a biotech firm that specializes in “novel mechanisms of cancer immunology”. The healthcare sector has seen a growing number of deals over ...
  • Richemont faces challenges, but bullish on China

    Richemont faces challenges, but bullish on China

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 15 January 2016

    Luxury powerhouse Richemont, which counts Cartier, Alfred Dunhill and Baume et Mercier, amongst its brands posted quarterly earnings yesterday that demonstrated some of the challenges faced by the luxury sector at present. The company says business is likely to ...
  • Why China is Apple’s golden goose

    Why China is Apple’s golden goose

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 14 January 2016

    China is Apple’s second biggest market and has already managed to eclipse sales in the U.S. on one occasion, which indicates that, eventually (and perhaps sooner than many people believe) China will be Apple’s number one territory. And, in recent times, ...
  • EA’s Origin Access is a great new business model – but not everyone loves it

    EA’s Origin Access is a great new business model – but not everyone loves it

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 14 January 2016

    Wildly successful games developer EA Games has announced a new service that will give subscribers access to a range of PC games for a monthly fee of $4.99 (or £3.99, or €3.99, depending where you live). This move is an extension of EA’s Xbox One ...
  • The ABCs of Alphabet: brushing up before earnings

    The ABCs of Alphabet: brushing up before earnings

    Managed, Thursday, 14 January 2016

    Alphabet has announced that it will report earnings for the fiscal quarter ending December 2015 at the beginning of February. The technology powerhouse formerly known as Google is widely expected to deliver more transparency over its accounts than it did previously, ...
  • Hexagon beef up engineering and infrastructure offerings

    Hexagon beef up engineering and infrastructure offerings

    Managed, Thursday, 14 January 2016

    Hexagon AB, a global provider of IT technology that is used for geospatial measuring (in industrial surveying, or GPS mapping, for example), recently swelled its credentials in the engineering and infrastructural industries by acquiring Paul MacArthur Limited ...
  • Macy’s moves to realize value of real-estate holdings

    Macy’s moves to realize value of real-estate holdings

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    U.S. luxury retail giant Macy’s announced last September that it would be closing 40 of its American stores in malls throughout the country, and it recently added lay-offs to that plan: 4,000 staff are expected to be made redundant. These initiatives are the ...
  • Meet the world of 2100

    Meet the world of 2100

    Managed, Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Dominion’s Global Trends investment philosophy is built around a fascinating story: the story of the modern world and the various transformations that it is undergoing. Amongst those transformations is a rapidly growing and ageing population that is predicted ...
  • Visa’s bulging digital wallet

    Visa’s bulging digital wallet

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Cashless transaction superstar Visa has announced a slew of big name partners signing up for its digital payment service, Visa Checkout. Numbered among them are coffee house king Starbucks, retail giant Walmart, and huge U.S. over the counter drug seller Walgreens. ...
  • You’ve heard about acid rain – but what about acid oceans?

    You’ve heard about acid rain – but what about acid oceans?

    Managed, Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Scientists recently warned that climate change is altering the chemistry of the North American coastal Pacific and making it more acidic. This will seriously decrease levels of oxygen, and in the process of doing so, threaten the survival of marine life. According ...
  • How Moncler put outerwear-out-there

    How Moncler put outerwear-out-there

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Towards the end of 2015, as the world was experiencing one of its warmest winters on record, Moncler reported that sales of its ‘Maya’ jacket – a puffy piece of winter outerwear – saw its highest ever sales day. The day in question saw a ...
  • Xylem wants to lead the charge on ‘green building’

    Xylem wants to lead the charge on ‘green building’

    Managed, Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Global water company Xylem is one of many businesses putting conservation at the top of its ‘to do’ list by signing up to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The pledge is a way for companies to demonstrate commitment to climate action and ...
  • Google Play on its way to China!

    Google Play on its way to China!

    Managed, Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google, has a complicated relationship with China. On the one hand, just over five years ago, the company famously retreated from China over a censorship row. On the other hand, Android is overwhelmingly the dominant ...
  • Making sense of Global Payments Heartland acquisition

    Making sense of Global Payments Heartland acquisition

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    At the end of 2015, electronic payments processing giant Global Payments announced that it planned to buy Heartland Payment Systems for around $4.3 billion in cash and stock. Now that the furor of New Years has calmed down, we can reflect on what the acquisition ...
  • Is any part of ecommerce safe from Amazon?

    Is any part of ecommerce safe from Amazon?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 11 January 2016

    Amazon is one of the most recognizable ecommerce companies in the world, partly because it was one of the earliest, and partly because it’s been so massively successful. When it first debuted in the 90s as an online bookseller, few people could have ...
  • Taking Apple at face value

    Taking Apple at face value

    Managed, Monday, 11 January 2016

    Iconic Silicon Valley heavyweight Apple has acquired a San Diego-based start up that works on facial recognition software. This start up, Emotient, which uses artificial intelligence technology to assess emotions by reading people’s facial expressions, has ...
  • Disney’s Star Wars: first, America; then, the world!

    Disney’s Star Wars: first, America; then, the world!

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 11 January 2016

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the highest grossing U.S. domestic movie ever last week, topping Avatars domestic box office record of 2009. This news came after the breaking of pretty much every box office record in existence, from biggest opening weekend to ...
  • Lindt’s celebrity success with Golden Globes

    Lindt’s celebrity success with Golden Globes

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 11 January 2016

    Swiss luxury chocolatier Lindt was the Official Chocolate Confectionary for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 10. The company had offered to create “premium chocolate moments” for both attendees and viewers at home, creating a number of ...
  • Economic Outlook for January 2016

    Economic Outlook for January 2016

    All News, Friday, 08 January 2016

    The combination of falling oil prices and a bearish junk bond market, together with the historic tightening move by the FED, have unsettled global equity markets in December and brought major indices down for the year. As a result global equities are now valued ...
  • Tiffany, Cartier and Pandora sparkle online

    Tiffany, Cartier and Pandora sparkle online

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 08 January 2016

    According to a report released at the end of December, Tiffany and Cartier are the stand out “digital geniuses” of the crowded watch and jewelry market – and Pandora should be rightfully proud too, as the brand also landed in the top ten. The ...
  • Netflix CEO announces “birth of a global TV network”

    Netflix CEO announces “birth of a global TV network”

    Ecommerce, Friday, 08 January 2016

    Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings broke the news that the Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) market leader would now be available pretty much worldwide – during the course of his hour long keynote speech, Netflix ...
  • Is El Nino’s crazy sister planning a visit?

    Is El Nino’s crazy sister planning a visit?

    Managed, Friday, 08 January 2016

    Today, the effects of perhaps the most severe El Nino ever to have hit us are being felt around the world. An agriculture sector already facing downturn and painfully low commodity prices has perhaps one thing in its favor: the extreme weather pattern’s ...
  • Millennials don’t buy cars? Guess again!

    Millennials don’t buy cars? Guess again!

    Managed, Thursday, 07 January 2016

    If there’s one common opinion when it comes to the Millennial generation it’s that they’re largely less materialistic than their predecessors. Where Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers got on the property ladder and bought cars and televisions, Millennials ...
  • Could Google’s cloud cause a storm?

    Could Google’s cloud cause a storm?

    Managed, Thursday, 07 January 2016

    Until Google restructured itself into Alphabet last summer (see here), its interest in enterprise was pretty sparsely known. Aside from Google Docs and Google Drive, neither of which are exactly Microsoft Office-level ubiquitous, there wasn’t a lot to see. ...
  • Activision Blizzard acquires Major League Gaming, hoping for e-sports homerun

    Activision Blizzard acquires Major League Gaming, hoping for e-sports homerun

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 07 January 2016

    Last winter, super-successful video game developer Activision Blizzard announced that it was setting up its own e-sports division (see here) which would focus on professional, competitive, sports style gaming. It even hired Steve Bornstein, former CEO of ESPN and ...
  • Under Armour debuts HealthBox wearables in 2016

    Under Armour debuts HealthBox wearables in 2016

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 07 January 2016

    U.S. sports giant Under Armour started 2016 with a bang, announcing a family of fitness hardware under its new HealthBox line. The first piece to be revealed, the UA Band fitness tracker – designed in partnership with Taiwanese mobile heavyweight HTC – ...
  • Cyber-security predictions for 2016

    Cyber-security predictions for 2016

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 06 January 2016

    2015 was a big year for cybercrime. Perhaps the most public attack came when a group of ‘hacktivists’ (a mash-up between ‘hackers’ and ‘activists’ denoting cyber-criminals with a cause) took down Ashley Madison (see here), ...
  • 2015: agriculture’s year of tech investment

    2015: agriculture’s year of tech investment

    Managed, Wednesday, 06 January 2016

    2015 saw the agriculture industry embrace modern technology in a big way. Partially, this is down to serious amounts of publicity around the impending agriculture crisis (see here) and the realization that, if we don’t fix it really soon, we’re in ...
  • 2015 was Visa’s best year yet – can it top it in 2016?

    2015 was Visa’s best year yet – can it top it in 2016?

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 06 January 2016

    The electronic payments processing industry has been a lucrative one for investors in the wider trend of Ecommerce (which itself has been outstanding, see here) over 2015. And for Visa, one of the biggest names in the space, it has been even more successful: the ...
  • BMW pull out all the stops for 2016 with new M2

    BMW pull out all the stops for 2016 with new M2

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 06 January 2016

    Towards the end of 2015, BMW reported frequent record-breaking sales (see here, here, and here) – and the company will be hoping to continue that trend into 2016 with its new high-performance coupe, the M2. Widely touted as perhaps the best M series car that ...
  • Amazon had a great 2015 – could 2016 be even better?

    Amazon had a great 2015 – could 2016 be even better?

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    Amazon had a standout year in 2015, and it looks as though the company could carry its great performance through to 2016. The Seattle-based ecommerce giant has more than doubled in value over the last twelve months, and made serious headway into new areas such as ...
  • Is Starbucks a luxury brand? You decide!

    Is Starbucks a luxury brand? You decide!

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    Starbucks isn’t necessarily the first name you think of when asked about luxury brands – but that might be about to change. Over the holiday period, the company offered limited edition, Swarovski crystal encrusted, gift cards for $200. The cards came ...
  • Tech M&A hit highest value in 2015 since dot-com bubble

    Tech M&A hit highest value in 2015 since dot-com bubble

    Managed, Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    2015 was a big year for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and the technology sector saw more than its fair share. By the end of the year, the value of industry mergers reached $450 billion – the highest it’s been since 2000, when the dot-com bubble ...
  • EA Games to GameStop: ‘We find your lack of faith… disturbing.’

    EA Games to GameStop: ‘We find your lack of faith… disturbing.’

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    EA Games has high expectations for its latest offering – a first person shooter, set in the currently very popular Star Wars universe, called Battlefront. So it was with some surprise that the company confronted a naysayer in early December. That naysayer was ...
  • Nike sees strong results, promises to make digital ‘simple and personal’

    Nike sees strong results, promises to make digital ‘simple and personal’

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 04 January 2016

    At the end of 2015, luxury sports apparel brand Nike posted exceptionally strong quarterly earnings. Ecommerce sales were up 50% year-on-year, and revenue climbed 4% to $7.7 billion (12%, after stripping out currency effects) over the same time period. Net income ...
  • Apple wins Christmas

    Apple wins Christmas

    Managed, Monday, 04 January 2016

    According to a new report by mobile analytics firm Flurry, Apple devices accounted for just under half of all new mobile device activations during the holiday season. The Silicon Valley powerhouse captured 49.1% of new activations – slightly down from last ...
  • Louis Vuitton blurs the boundaries between fashion and (final) fantasy

    Louis Vuitton blurs the boundaries between fashion and (final) fantasy

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 04 January 2016

    In 2015, we noted on a number of occasions that video gaming was becoming ubiquitous, and that it is now worth more than the entire film and music industries combined! However, video games are now moving into unexpected territory: the world of high fashion! Famed ...
  • Disney Infinity predicted to be “one billion Dollar business”

    Disney Infinity predicted to be “one billion Dollar business”

    Managed, Monday, 04 January 2016

    News about Disney (on the Newsfeed and elsewhere) has been dominated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently – and given the film’s overwhelming success at the box office, that is likely to continue. However, in the minute gap between our last report on ...
  • Dominion’s year in review: best in luxury, best in ecommerce, strong across the board

    Dominion’s year in review: best in luxury, best in ecommerce, strong across the board

    All News, Thursday, 24 December 2015

    Firstly, to all those people who are regular readers of the Newsfeed a huge Merry Christmas and Thank You for all of your interest, comments and contributions; all of which go towards helping us make Newsfeed better and more interesting. We greatly enjoy writing it ...
  • Star Wars: an early update, and why Disney’s down

    Star Wars: an early update, and why Disney’s down

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 23 December 2015

    On Saturday, the first box-office figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in, demonstrating that, financially at least, the film has more than lived up to the considerable hype that was expected of it. This latest sequel in Disney’s newest ...
  • While some tech firms try to get to Mars, Amazon aims for your front door

    While some tech firms try to get to Mars, Amazon aims for your front door

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 23 December 2015

    Technology firms have lofty ambitions – at the moment, space seems to be the ‘in vogue’ destination, with Google, Tesla and others trying to get rockets on the Moon and further afield (see here). However, for one company, the most important journey ...
  • Should we be worried about Swiss watches?

    Should we be worried about Swiss watches?

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 23 December 2015

    The Swiss watch industry is preparing for its fourth straight year of little-to-no growth, leading big producers like Richemont, the company behind Cartier and other popular brands, to trim back investment in production. According to analysts, Switzerland will ...
  • 2015: Apple’s year of enterprise

    2015: Apple’s year of enterprise

    Managed, Wednesday, 23 December 2015

    Historically, enterprise is one area that Apple, the world’s most valuable company, has failed to dominate. However, in 2014, when Tim Cook announced a plan to sell more iOS devices to businesses in partnership with IBM, that began to change. 2015 has proved ...
  • How well positioned in mobile is Ecommerce fund? You won’t believe it…

    How well positioned in mobile is Ecommerce fund? You won’t believe it…

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 22 December 2015

    Nielsen Holdings, a global information and measurement company, released its latest report covering digital trends in 2015. Among the details included are top smartphone apps for the US, as well as which operating systems have the biggest market share in the ...
  • Who will win the War of the Robots?

    Who will win the War of the Robots?

    Managed, Tuesday, 22 December 2015

    2015 has seen interest in all things robotic ramp up to record levels – but don’t be fooled by the number of headlines: the business of actually building our clanking companions of the future is a remarkably concentrated one. Only four companies, Kuka in ...
  • PayPal unveiling ‘future of money’ at Super Bowl 50

    PayPal unveiling ‘future of money’ at Super Bowl 50

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 22 December 2015

    According to a report on Quartz, electronic payment provider PayPal is set to debut a new advert describing the ‘future of money’ on the US’s largest advertising platform, the Super Bowl, in 2016. The ad will kick off a new campaign by the company ...
  • Las Vegas Sands Corp’s best casinos in 2015

    Las Vegas Sands Corp’s best casinos in 2015

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 22 December 2015

    2015 wasn’t a great year for the gaming world, but industry giant Las Vegas Sands nonetheless holds a couple of casinos that turned a serious profit this year. These casinos, which are U.S. based, aren’t big enough to reverse the company’s fortunes ...
  • Driverless cars have got a major problem – they keep crashing. Why?

    Driverless cars have got a major problem – they keep crashing. Why?

    Managed, Monday, 21 December 2015

    It seems like all the big tech companies are working on self-driving cars at the moment – Google, Apple, and Baidu, for example. But, although the cars have been demonstrated as more reliable and law-abiding than human drivers, something keeps going wrong: ...
  • Apple now officially first foreign payment provider to crack China!

    Apple now officially first foreign payment provider to crack China!

    Ecommerce, Monday, 21 December 2015

    A month ago, we wrote that ApplePay could become the first foreign payment provider to enter the domestic market in China (see here). Now, the Silicon Valley giant’s mobile payments service has officially announced that it’s launching in the ...
  • Domino’s latest acquisition transforms it into world’s largest pizza chain

    Domino’s latest acquisition transforms it into world’s largest pizza chain

    Managed, Monday, 21 December 2015

    Domino’s Pizza has struck a deal to buy Germany’s biggest pizza chain, Joey’s Pizza. Joey’s has 212 stores in the Germany, which is the world’s fourth-biggest pizza market, and the deal will result in Domino’s total number of ...
  • Carnival Corp’s full year earnings: +40%

    Carnival Corp’s full year earnings: +40%

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 21 December 2015

    Carnival Corp, the world’s largest cruise ship operator, released its fourth quarter earnings on Friday, handily beating analysts’ expectations and increasing its total earnings year-on-year dramatically. Adjusted net income for the full year was $2.1 ...
  • FED raises rates for the first time in nearly a decade – who wins?

    FED raises rates for the first time in nearly a decade – who wins?

    All News, Friday, 18 December 2015

    Two days ago, the Federal Reserve (FED) raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. The announcement was very well received by the market, with the S&P 500, the DOW Jones, and the NASDAQ all rising by about 1.5%. Amongst the biggest winners on ...
  • FedEx beats expectations on strong ground unit

    FedEx beats expectations on strong ground unit

    Managed, Friday, 18 December 2015

    Shipping giant FedEx reported adjusted second quarter earnings of $2.58 per share on $12.5 billion revenue. This easily beat analysts’ expectations of $2.51 per share on $12.43 billion revenue. On the back of the earnings announcement, FedEx reiterated its ...
  • Google reviews the year-that-was

    Google reviews the year-that-was

    Ecommerce, Friday, 18 December 2015

    Google has released its year in review video via its official blog. The king of internet search introduced its “Search on: 2015 in Google Search” video as follows: “From devastation to empowerment and tragedy to hope, our 15th annual year in search ...
  • BMW set production record high in 2015

    BMW set production record high in 2015

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 18 December 2015

    Investors into BMW are getting an early holiday treat this year, as the company has made it clear that its production network will be posting new record highs for 2015. A number of factors have spurred BMW’s production to new heights in 2015, and chief amongst ...
  • Here’s why you can’t leave Facebook

    Here’s why you can’t leave Facebook

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 17 December 2015

    Worldwide, there are 1.49 billion monthly active Facebook users. That means more people are active on Facebook than live in China, the world’s most populace country. At the end of June, Facebook reported that this was a 13% increase of users on a like-for-like ...
  • Thanks to Diageo, we now have an Internet of Drinks!

    Thanks to Diageo, we now have an Internet of Drinks!

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 17 December 2015

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is big news in the world of Global Trends (see here, for example), but until now, one area it had yet to touch was luxury drinks. Thanks to Diageo, that is no longer the case. The company, in partnership with Thin Film Electronics ASA, ...
  • Monsanto’s CEO: Genetically Modified foods and organic not an “either or” proposition

    Monsanto’s CEO: Genetically Modified foods and organic not an “either or” proposition

    Managed, Thursday, 17 December 2015

    In a recent interview with UK newspaper The Guardian, Monsanto’s CEO Hugh Grant clarified the company’s position in regards to organic food, its often very vocal critics, and its impact on the environment – and his thoughts are not, necessarily, ...
  • Starbucks sees record profits in UK

    Starbucks sees record profits in UK

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 17 December 2015

    In the year up until 27 September, Starbucks has managed to earn £34.2 million pre-tax profit in the UK, against just £2 million the year earlier. As a result, the company has announced that it has paid more than £8 million in tax so far in the ...
  • Ecommerce’s big players are carrying the stock market

    Ecommerce’s big players are carrying the stock market

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    The S&P 500 might hold 500 companies, but it’s the top 1% of them that are carrying the stock market. That means five companies – Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook and General Electric – have made collective returns accounting for more than ...
  • PayPal’s CEO: we are in digital revolution ‘sweet spot’

    PayPal’s CEO: we are in digital revolution ‘sweet spot’

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    PayPal’s IPO couldn’t have been timed less-fortunately: as soon as it debuted, the stock market went through a difficult time, driven partly by troubles from China. After hitting a low in August, PayPal has bounced back to the tune of 15% – ...
  • Pandora seal deal to up exposure in U.S.

    Pandora seal deal to up exposure in U.S.

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    Danish jeweler Pandora has just signed a deal with Signet Jewelers, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, to nearly double the amount of boutiques available in the latter’s Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry brand stores. This is great news for ...
  • Novartis: blood cancer treatment is making a case for 2017 approval

    Novartis: blood cancer treatment is making a case for 2017 approval

    Managed, Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis is hoping to get its STL019 – or CART – therapy approved by U.S. authorities in 2017. The therapy is a “chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy” – a type of drug that could combat deadly blood ...
  • Star Wars: A New Hope – for Disney’s bank balance

    Star Wars: A New Hope – for Disney’s bank balance

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 15 December 2015

    In just one day, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open in cinemas in selected regions around the world. And predictably, the media furor over the release – which has been making headlines since its announcement – has ramped up accordingly. Analysts are ...
  • Can MasterCard make tomorrow’s payments as safe as today’s?

    Can MasterCard make tomorrow’s payments as safe as today’s?

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 15 December 2015

    Cashless payment market leader MasterCard envisions a world where paying for goods and services is as easy to do with a blink as a cash card. It wants payment technology to be everywhere – arguably, an evolution of the convenience that ApplePay and SamsungPay ...
  • Carmakers searching for growth could find it in Africa

    Carmakers searching for growth could find it in Africa

    Managed, Tuesday, 15 December 2015

    According to estimates from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, vehicle ownership in Africa is less than 50 per 1000. That’s 16 times less than the US, which numbers 800 vehicles for every 1000 people. However, demand for passenger ...
  • Nike sets new precedent and ‘buys’ LeBron James

    Nike sets new precedent and ‘buys’ LeBron James

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 15 December 2015

    In a groundbreaking deal in the world of celebrity sports endorsements, Nike has signed legendary National Basketball Association (NBA) star LeBron James to an unprecedented lifetime contract. This isn’t the first time Nike has retained James’ ...
  • Does Google have a quantum computer? And should you care?

    Does Google have a quantum computer? And should you care?

    Managed, Monday, 14 December 2015

    Google’s artificial intelligence labs made headlines again in the last few days, when a handful of its researchers published a paper that, they claim, demonstrates conclusively that its quantum computer really works. It is estimated that quantum computing will ...
  • Dior looks to ramp up holiday sales with ‘art of gifting’ campaign

    Dior looks to ramp up holiday sales with ‘art of gifting’ campaign

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 14 December 2015

    French fashion house Dior is hoping to encourage consumers to engage with its couture craftsmanship by giving them the ability to select personalized, beauty-themed, gift-packages for loved ones. The bespoke articles come with a personalized message, which arrives ...
  • Does climate change help to drive migration?

    Does climate change help to drive migration?

    Managed, Monday, 14 December 2015

    2015 has seen 500,000 people migrate from the Middle East and Africa into Europe – the worst migration crisis since World War II – driven by conflicts of which the current Syrian Civil War is best known. That war alone has driven some four million people ...
  • Baidu: China’s internet giant aims for self-driving pole-position

    Baidu: China’s internet giant aims for self-driving pole-position

    Ecommerce, Monday, 14 December 2015

    Predictions suggest that, by 2020, ten million self-driving cars will be on the road. Dominion has a number of holdings involved in this nascent industry, from big players like Google and Apple, which are developing their own automated vehicles, to companies like ...
  • ARM Holdings’ new chips take it beyond smartphones

    ARM Holdings’ new chips take it beyond smartphones

    Ecommerce, Friday, 11 December 2015

    ARM Holdings, the British-based microchip designer responsible for the chips in 95% of smartphones, is working hard to diversify as smartphone sales slow. The company is hiring hundreds of engineers to work in its Research and Development section, and acquiring ...
  • Accor buys FRHI Hotels & Resorts to create “worldwide leader in the luxury segment”

    Accor buys FRHI Hotels & Resorts to create “worldwide leader in the luxury segment”

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 11 December 2015

    Europe’s largest hotelier, French company Accor, has finalized a €2.9 billion deal for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, the owner of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel hotel chains. According to Accor, the purchase of 115 luxury hotels and resorts, with a ...
  • Syngenta eyes up possible partners… and profits on the back of it

    Syngenta eyes up possible partners… and profits on the back of it

    Managed, Friday, 11 December 2015

    A month ago, we wrote about the possible consolidations approaching the agriculture sector (see here). Now, deals are being put on the table – and a particularly interesting one is between Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta and its prospective new owner, the ...
  • Inditex: profit +20%, robust demand in China

    Inditex: profit +20%, robust demand in China

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 11 December 2015

    Inditex, the Spanish fast fashion expert behind brands such as Zara and Massimo Dutti, posted strong third quarter earnings results yesterday that exceeded consensus estimates. Profit for the first nine months of the year rose 20% from the same period in 2014 to ...
  • Burberry takes top spot in digital luxury

    Burberry takes top spot in digital luxury

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 10 December 2015

    As early as 2006, Burberry’s then-CEO Angela Ahrendts and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey (who is now the company’s CEO) declared that they wanted the brand to become the world’s first fully digital luxury company. There can be little ...
  • Pfizer bets a billion on BioAtla’s cancer killers

    Pfizer bets a billion on BioAtla’s cancer killers

    Managed, Thursday, 10 December 2015

    Pfizer may be making headlines at the moment thanks to its acquisition of Allergen (see here) but, for patients, the company is involved in something far more interesting: a deal to get hold of the latest, greatest, cancer-killing bio-technology available. San ...
  • 2015: the year of artificial intelligence

    2015: the year of artificial intelligence

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 10 December 2015

    2015 has been a year of breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) that has resulted in computers being smarter, and learning faster, than ever before. It’s also been a year when the general public has caught on to the decades old field of study, with ...
  • Amadeus: online travel agents ‘ancillary sales’ up 85% in 2015

    Amadeus: online travel agents ‘ancillary sales’ up 85% in 2015

    Managed, Thursday, 10 December 2015

    Amadeus, the IT provider to the majority of the online travel industry, made a revealing statement this week that demonstrates the powerful growth that the industry is seeing: ancillary sales by Online Travel Agents (OTAs) have risen 85% in 2015. Ancillary sales ...
  • Netflix sees a brighter future outside of Hollywood studios

    Netflix sees a brighter future outside of Hollywood studios

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 09 December 2015

    In what can only be described as bittersweet news for Hollywood, Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) king Netflix recently suggested that it was becoming disinterested in buying overexposed films that could be viewed on cable, in-flight, or a hundred other places once ...
  • Getting the down-low on demographics

    Getting the down-low on demographics

    Managed, Wednesday, 09 December 2015

    Earlier in the year, we reported on Germany’s decision to take in 800,000 Syrian refugees this year, and why that may benefit the European country (see here). In that piece, we touched briefly on demographics, and why it’s a central theme in ...
  • Apple invests in coders of the future

    Apple invests in coders of the future

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 09 December 2015

    The Hour of Code is an international project that aims to let people worldwide experience the creativity of computer coding. It is supported by, amongst others, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Richard Branson; but nobody is as enthusiastic about it as Apple executives. ...
  • Hennessy broadcasts online delivery service to 1,639,400 Facebook fans

    Hennessy broadcasts online delivery service to 1,639,400 Facebook fans

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    Managed, Monday, 07 December 2015

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    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 30 November 2015

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