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The downfall of PC manufacturers

The world over PC shipments has been witnessing an incessant decline since 2011. This can be attributed to several factors including the rise of smartphones and tablets, non-replacement of ageing PCs by users and no drastic changes in versions of PC models to attract buyers leading to a decline in PCs per household in developed nations. In addition, revenues in the PC industry are also...

Breaking down Rental Yield of Shopping Centre Developers and understanding company performance

A commercial real estate developer’s portfolio is considered successful if it has a strong rental yield. This regularly produces high rental income with perennial demand for space in an area or province. Furthermore, the aspects such as maintenance and upkeep costs, occupancy rate, market value of the portfolio, types of tenants, lease expiration profile, tenant cost of occupancy (rent per sq....

The transformation of music and movie retail and rental stores

Technology has changed the way several businesses operate. This disrupted certain industries and changed business models. Thus, businesses had no choice but to adapt to the transformation in order to survive, which in turn changed customer preferences. For instance, since the introduction of mobile phones, pagers became obsolete. Likewise, DVDs and CDs rapidly faded away with the onset of...

Global movie theatre operators, present scenario and analysis

Going for a movie is a convenient and affordable form of out-of-home entertainment as compared to other alternatives of entertainment such as theme parks, concerts and sporting events. However, in the past few years with the increase in the internet penetration, especially in the developing economies and use of smartphones has led to the surge in demand for online digital content. The...

Islamic vs. conventional banks in the GCC

Islamic banking has gained a lot of significance in the past decade owing to its immense growth potential. This banking model is expected to fuel dampened growth in conventional banks. Islamic banks (IB) offer products similar to conventional banks (CB), but with a slightly different concept. These are prohibited from charging interest ( riba ) since in Islam money cannot be treated as a...

An analysis of retail sector in New Zealand

New Zealand is a geographically small nation with an area of 268,021 square kilometres and a total population of 4.6 million. It is a sparsely populated country with a population density of 17 persons per square kilometre. The population of New Zealand has increased at a small CAGR of 1.1% from 3.73 million (1996) to 4.6 million (2016). Although it is sparsely populated, it is a high-income...

Tire manufacturing industry, analysing the cost and margin trends

The global market for tire manufacturing stands at $180 billion. Michelin anticipates the long-term demand to rise at the rate of 5 to 10% a year in developing markets and 1 to 2% a year in mature markets. Moreover, in terms of volume, sales are expected to reach 2.5 billion units by 2020, this will be propelled by an increase in automobile manufacturing. The automobile market, in turn, is...

A study of moissanite jewellery industry and its global market

Moissanite is used as an alternative to diamond jewellery. It is regarded at par with the diamond when compared on the basis of quality and physical properties. Moreover, moissanite glitter more than diamond due to a higher refractive index and is as hard as diamond. A layman may barely distinguish between the two and mostly a distinction can be drawn through a laboratory test. However, the...

Animal feed manufacturing, regional factors continue to drive the industry

Animal feed is food for domesticated animals generally raised for milk, egg and meat. The global animal feed industry was estimated to be around $460 billion in 2016.  The animal feed industry has experienced a healthy growth in the past 5 years, riding on the back of an increase in animal products consumption globally. The Y-O-Y rise in animal products consumption can be attributed to...

US auto finance Industry, the cut-throat world of captive OEM financiers

The auto sales in the US grew at a CAGR of 7% between Sep. 2011 to Sep. 2016. In the same period, auto loan balance grew at a CAGR of 7.7%. The captive OEMs increased their share of retail loans on the back of subvention programs supported by their parent companies. The captive OEMs had the second highest share of total loan balance amounting nearly $250 billion in 2015. Televisory...

Professional soccer clubs, an analysis of key operational parameters

Football aka soccer is the most played and watched sport in the world, with an estimated 3.5 billion viewers or fans. The sport is played by nearly 250 million players, in over 200 countries, in numerous domestic and international matches, making it the world's most popular game. Soccer players are treated as celebrities and statistically, they are the richest sportspersons on globe owing...

Asia the emerging saviour for glass packaging

Summary The glass packaging industry has undergone a complete transformation in the past decade. The changes were marked by low demand growth due to the replacement of glass as a medium, the incremental demand being led by the non-traditional end-use and most importantly, regional displacement of demand. Although the growth of glass packaging at 0.8% was the lowest in the packaging...

Pressures faced by legacy carriers

Global air travel has immensely grown over the past decade and there are signs of continued expansion. The air connectivity was positively impacted by the increased growth of Middle East hub carriers. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that revenues increased to the US $746 billion (2014) from the US $369 billion (2004).  Thus, besides competition within...

Rising automation and its impact on the IT industry

The advancements in technology transformed repetitive human processes into cost-effective tasks, rapidly performed by machines. The fundamental purpose of technology is to improve productivity, generate increased or better quality output and reduce cost. The increase in productivity not only increases the overall growth, but also influences living standards, consumption and income per capita....

Minerals and metals processing industry machinery, impact of volatility in metal prices

The mineral and metals processing industry machinery manufacturing companies supply a range of equipment and machinery such as heat exchangers, furnace, grinding mills to the mineral and metals processing companies. The former also provide installation and maintenance services over the life cycle of equipment and machinery to the mineral and metals processing industries. Thus, the performance...

Pricing war in the Indian telecom industry

The world is at dawn of a digital revolution. The emergence of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally reshaping the human civilisation. Concurrently, its posing major challenges for businesses in terms of innovation, reskilling, development of new age products and solutions and most significantly survival in the...

Benchmarking operating structure for Brazil and the US ethanol manufacturers

The US and Brazil are the world’s largest ethanol fuel producer and together contribute around 85.1% of the global fuel ethanol production (2016). They are also the major fuel ethanol consumers globally due to the prominent use of ethanol, as a substitute for gasoline in these nations. The ethanol consumption accounts for roughly ~10% of total gasoline consumption in the US. Additionally,...

Cotton Yarn spinning, cost and revenue drivers vis-à-vis India and China

China is the world leader in yarn spinning with more than 250 million spindles and 35.38 million tonnes of production, and both cotton and polyester yarn being significant constituents. India is the 2 nd largest producer of yarn, with 50 million spindles and 0.75 million rotors. It produces 6.6 million tonnes of spun yarn, of which 61% is cotton yarn. The Indian government has been largely...

Rise of Chinese smartphones

The market for smartphones has grown extremely competitive as manufacturers vie for a share of hearts, minds and wallets of consumers. This was traditionally dominated by Apple and Samsung, but Chinese smartphones have grown significantly and commanded a substantial portion of the global market. 9 out of the top 12 smartphone makers are Chinese. They are driven by favourable policies of the...

Rise of e-waste in Asia

The world is increasingly becoming tech savvy, entering the digital age and this is a phase where kids can operate tablets better than the adults. Moreover, from the early 2000s not only millennials are living an electronic life but the EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has become prerequisites for the survival of an average person. But, what about the things that are discarded?...

Retail real estate in the United States, an outlook on the shopping malls

Rise of e-commerce and closure of retail chains in the United States Future outlook of shopping malls in the nation   There is speculation that the retail real estate...

Brewing industry in Canada, craft beer leading the race

Origin of the beer industry in Canada Changing drinking pattern of consumers and emergence of craft microbreweries Key growth drivers for the beer industry Industry’s growth...

Asia the emerging saviour for glass packaging

Summary The glass packaging industry has undergone a complete transformation in the past decade. The changes were marked by low demand growth due to the replacement of glass as a medium, the...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 1)

What is blockchain? How is blockchain revolutionary? Cryptocurrency, the new money ICOs, the new way of raising money Summary Blockchain is a software architecture...

An analysis of Malaysian rubber glove industry

How big is the international rubber gloves market? Reasons behind the healthy and steady growth Malaysia’s role in the industry Why are companies struggling for stable...

Islamic vs. conventional banks in the GCC

Islamic banking has gained a lot of significance in the past decade owing to its immense growth potential. This banking model is expected to fuel dampened growth in conventional banks. Islamic...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 2)

Few of the major use cases of blockchain Responses of sovereign governments to blockchain and cryptocurrencies The future of blockchain   Blockchain changing the way...

Tire manufacturing industry, analysing the cost and margin trends

The global market for tire manufacturing stands at $180 billion. Michelin anticipates the long-term demand to rise at the rate of 5 to 10% a year in developing markets and 1 to 2% a year in mature...

Can lithium-ion anode demand for needle coke reduce availability for electrode players?

What is needle coke? Uses of needle coke Lithium-ion battery manufacturers demand needle coke   Needle coke? Needle coke is a specialised form of petroleum coke...

Construction sector in Indonesia, an island of opportunities

Population growth and rising per capita income driving infrastructure and construction The lack of infrastructure in the nation Opportunities for housing construction sector ...