FMCG Retail & Distribution

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Posted: 08-08-2011
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. The larger of t
Posted: August 31, 2014
UAE. Emaar to offer at least 15% of Emaar Malls Group; One of Middle East's largest equity sales since 2008; Shares to be listed in Dubai in October; Payout totalling US$2.45 billion to shareholders.
Posted: August 26, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Agro-Food 2014 trade show to connect international food and agriculture players with local industry professionals.
Posted: August 26, 2014
UAE. Phase Two will add 25,000m2 in gross leasable area (GLA); Multi-stage redevelopment, worth more than AED1 billion, includes a new 24 screen VOX Cinemas and further entertainment, dining and retail experiences.
Posted: August 25, 2014
SYRIA. "JLL's intent is to deliver an inviting community retail environment which cements the metro stations as local hubs."
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. Valoris Capital to support the ambitious expansion plans of the leading multi-channel home shopping business in the Middle East and North Africa.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. Dar Al-Handasah will undertake design, engineering and supervision services for the project, for which a construction tender will be released in Q1 2015. The mall is due to be completed in Q2 2017.
Posted: August 23, 2014
QATAR. QNB report expects the ECB, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve to keep to record-low interest rates for an extended period of time. Qatar's policy rates are likely to follow suit.
Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. Developer brings 84 townhouses and waterfront recreational facility to high-end Dubai community
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. The catalogue will be launched simultaneously across the globe in over 46 countries and 345 stores. This will be the 25th edition of the catalogue for the UAE with over 1 million copies printed.
Posted: August 18, 2014
UAE. Located in Me'aisem, International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) in Dubai; 60 lifestyle and convenience-oriented outlets including a Carrefour Hypermarket , Magic Planet and community medical clinic; Phase 1 to open by Q3 2015.
Posted: August 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. African Leaders commit to end hunger by 2025 through investments in agriculture.
Posted: August 11, 2014
UAE. Each year, thousands of businesses are hacked over the Internet by criminals stealing credit cards processed through inadequately protected Point of Sale (POS) systems.
Posted: August 6, 2014
UAE. It is said that education is the best investment you can make for yourself and for your children. The affluent population in the Middle East appear to agree. They are also amongst the most digitally plugged-in in the world.
Posted: August 5, 2014
UAE. Eight renowned international designers chosen by Vogue Italia to showcase their collections; 20 emerging international designers selected, for the first time; The Middle East's largest fashion event takes place from Oct 30 to Nov 1, at The Dubai Mall.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "I believe that in the wake of the Gaza war and the basis on which the ceasefire was established, a new momentum for peace negotiations might have been created."
date:Posted: August 30, 2014
QATAR. Price increases may suggest a potential overheating of the real estate sector. Closer analysis, however, indicates that the increase is still within the fundamentals of Qatar's fast growing economy and rapid population growth.
date:Posted: August 29, 2014
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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