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Bariatric Surgery: Global Markets for Services and Devices


The global market for bariatric surgery devices was worth more than $1.2 billion in 2014. The market reached $1.4 billion in 2015 and a projected $2.2 billion by 2020, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8% from 2015 through 2020. This report provides: - An overview of the global market for services and devices used in the bariatric surgery sector. - Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2020. - Discussion on types of... Read More »

Financial re-integration trend moderates, but ambitious capital markets union will boost benefits of integration


Retail bank lending rates continued to converge across countries, for example. However, the trend has slowed since spring/summer 2015, partly due to offsetting developments in different market segments. Some divergence in bond yields can be explained by increasing risk aversion in global financial markets and countries’ fundamentals. The report highlights a series of policy actions that support the financial re-integration trend. In addition to the ECB’s expansionary monetary policy, the Single Resolution Fund became operational this year. E... Read More »

Consistent, competitive growth in challenging markets


Commenting on the results, CEO Paul Polman says: “The first quarter demonstrates a strong volume-driven performance, following on from a good delivery in 2015. We are maintaining momentum despite a tougher external environment, with all four categories gaining market share. This broad-based growth, including 8% in emerging markets, shows the validity of our strategy, active portfolio management and a step-up in innovation. “With markets remaining volatile, we continue to focus on driving agility and resilience in our business through the key... Read More »

H&M has launched Shop Online in four new markets


H&M’s Shop Online will offer the customers a wide range of clothing and accessories including ladies, men’s, teens, as well as maternity clothes, plus-size for ladies and a full children’s line. The Shop Online launch will also include H&M Home. H&M Home brings fashion and fun to interiors with a seasonal selection of products for every room in your home. Besides great fashion collections for the entire family, H&M Home will let our customers access the trendiest decorative items for their home with a very good quality and al... Read More »

SOUDAL continues its progress in South America


In 2005, together with its local partner Christensen, Soudal established a joint venture for the development of the Chilean market for sealants, adhesives and PU Foams. In the ten years since its establishment the Soudal brand created a strong presence both in the professional market and in the retail market. Soudal ProductionThe head quarter in Santiago de Chile is the location of a production unit where adhesives and sealants are produced for the whole South American market.This joint venture was active with its own branch offices in Peru ... Read More »

Lufthansa makes its IT fit for the future


Deutsche Lufthansa AG today announced that in the course of realigning the Group’s IT activities, it will be entering into a long-term IT partnership shortly. According to the terms to be agreed, Lufthansa will outsource all of the Group’s IT infrastructure services to IBM. The IT group is also expected to take over the Infrastructure division of the current Lufthansa Systems AG. The outsourcing agreement is to have a term of 7 years. It will enable Lufthansa to benefit from a permanent reduction of IT infrastructure costs by average approximat... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan on course of success


100,000 S-Class models sold in just one year Over 100,000 S-Class models have been delivered to customers since its market launch a year ago (Fuel consumption, combined cycle: 11.9 - 2.8 l/ 100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 279 - 65 g/km)* China and USA largest markets for the luxury sedan Ola Källenius: “The sales figure of 100,000 S-Class models in just one year is the proof: the combination of high-class quality, exemplary efficiency and a host of innovative assistance and safety systems delights our customers and meets their highest de... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Mid-sized businesses reluctant to export despite renewed confidence


Three in five mid-sized firms do not currently export Less than one in ten plan to start exporting in the next five years Lack of understanding and suitable contacts are the main barriers to overseas trade Almost three out of five firms (58%), turning over between £25m and £750m, said that they do not currently export and less than one in ten (7%) are looking to do so within the next five years, indicating that over half of mid-sized businesses are still cautious in considering their long-term export strategy. This reluctance to expan... Read More »

LexisNexis to acquire Canadian Legal Publishing Operation from Wolters Kluwer


Simultaneously, Reed Elsevier agreed to transfer its LexisNexis Poland legal business to Wolters Kluwer’s Legal & Regulatory division. “We’re pleased to announce this news. The agreement with Wolters Kluwer will allow us to better serve customers in Canada and supports our strategy to build leading positions in our core markets,” said Mike Walsh, CEO, LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Wolters Kluwer’s legal publishing business in Canada has approximately 50 employees, and the LexisNexis legal business in Poland has approximately 12... Read More »

EDF and IFC sign agreement to promote rural electrification in Africa and globally


The agreement is focused primarily on sub-Saharan Africa, with a pilot project under development in Benin. The first phase of this pilot is intended to provide electricity to 25 000 people, using hybrid solar-diesel networks and two biomassfired power plants. The project may be replicated in other parts of Benin, as well as other countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania and Myanmar. In signing this agreement, EDF and IFC expect to combine their expertise in order to develop cutting edge, affordable and sustainable solutions for rural electrifi... Read More »

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