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: June 12, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Enhanced credit card penetration, secure payment systems contribute to increase in Q1 of 2014, according to estimates by Visa.
Posted: June 11, 2014
UAE. Emaar plans to raise as much as US$2.45 billion from an initial public offering of the retail unit later this year.
Posted: June 9, 2014
UAE. Dubai is the leading physical gold market with over 40% of the world's gold passing through the Emirate;
Posted: June 9, 2014
UAE. Family firms are the backbone of the Gulf economies, generating an estimated 80% of non-oil GDP; the next generation is going to inherit large often supra-regional businesses; Global statistics however suggest that only 15% generate value in their third generation.
Posted: June 5, 2014
UAE. Reinforces presence in Dubai Festival City Mall with simultaneous launch of Centrepoint, Max and Emax.
Posted: June 4, 2014
UAE. The increase of e-commerce as a retail option is an exciting growth area for the UAE. A clear and consistent legislative and regulatory framework will inevitably assist this growth.
Posted: June 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A fund focused on the six GCC countries will target sale-and-leaseback deals for shopping centers, warehouses and infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.
Posted: June 2, 2014
UAE. Al-Futtaim signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Riyadh-based Kayannat Real Estate Company; US$1.6 billion Al Diriyah Festival City commences construction shortly.
Posted: June 1, 2014
UAE. Emaar said the loan is repayable in seven years and carries a profit rate of 1.75% over the London interbank offered rate (Libor); The funds are provided on an equal basis by three Dubai lenders.
Posted: May 30, 2014
UAE. Strong exhibitor response with new business generated; Wide range of product launches by international majors at exhibition.
Posted: May 30, 2014
UAE. Aon Hewitt's survey reviewed human resources practices in over 18 industries across the region through surveying over 30,000 employees.
Posted: May 30, 2014
EGYPT. Jumia's "Shop-in-shop" set to propel retail businesses forward, through access to its own nationwide shipping fleet, storage facilities, customer service platforms and offer buyers flexible payment methods.
Posted: May 29, 2014
UAE. Consumer goods suppliers in UAE and Saudi Arabia identify million dollars-worth of potential savings annually.
Posted: May 28, 2014
UAE. Abu Dhabi ranks fourth amongst the top 20 hottest retail markets; London and Dubai are significantly ahead of New York, Moscow and Shanghai, the other locations which make up the top five; Luxury brands account for a quarter of new market entrants globally.
Posted: May 28, 2014
UAE. Premier Inn at Ibn Battuta, scheduled to open in 2016, will have a restaurant, Costa coffee shop, swimming pool and gym.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 25, 2014
UAE. Royal Decree amending some of the provisions of the Oman Agencies Law comes into force; Marks a significant departure from the regime under the old law.
date:Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. There is evidence of a more litigious approach developing in the area of medical malpractice. Damages awards which have historically been low, are now on an upwards trend.
date:Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. Report data shows that 64% of TV viewers in Saudi Arabia and 50% in the UAE are engaged in other digital activities simultaneously, higher than the global average.
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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