INTERNATIONAL. Kraft's recent announcement to split its operations into two publicly traded companies outlines a plan to create two different trading entities with distinct priorities and strengths.
This is intended to help the company achieve the next stage of its ongoing restructuring process, since its acquisition of Cadbury in January 2010.
Kraft is now bundling and spinning off its US Beverages, Cheese, Convenient Meals and Grocery segments, the non-snack categories in Canada and its foodservice operations, which are worth an estimated US$16 billion in sales in total.
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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.
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian company, with interests ranging from construction to finance, will "outline proposals aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement" with more than 70 creditors at a May 7 meeting in Dubai.
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.