INTERNATIONAL. Rising health care costs, coupled with the current state of the economy, have prompted many consumers across the globe to delay care, alter household spending and worry about their ability to pay for future health care costs according to the 4th annual Deloitte Center for Health Solutions “2011 Survey of Health Care Consumers.” “We have been examining consumers’ interactions with the health care system since 2008. A new trend has emerged this year suggesting that economic uncertainty has clearly altered spending habits with many consumers reporting an impact
UAE. New devices, growing interest and improved internet stability is transforming the world of games according to a new Ericsson ConsumerLab report; Potential for gamification to increase employee performance and personal development.
UAE. Industry leaders speaking at a London Business School thought leadership forum say the UAE retail sector could see an e-commerce explosion within the next few years; Euromonitor and Goldman Sachs estimate that 19% of total apparel retail in the MENA region will be online by 2030.
INTERNATIONAL. London Business School sees signs of unprecedented mobility; A startling 59% of respondents said they would have four or more careers, with two-fifths of those expecting to shift at least seven times.
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.