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Japanese E-commerce Company Rakuten agrees to Buy Ebates for $1 Billion

Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant has agreed to acquire online rebate site, Ebates in the United States, which allows people to earn cash back when buying goods at stores such as Home Depot, Best Buy and Macy’s. Rakuten is paying $1 billion for Ebates. This acquisition is the latest international...

$75 Million Raised by IEX Group in New Round of Financing

IEX Group, an upstart trading platform has raised $75 million in a new round of financing. This will help in its efforts to become a registered U.S. stock exchange and also to explore other opportunities. Since October, IEX has operated as an alternative trading system, which is similar to a stock exchange,...

Social Shopping App Strut App Raises $1.5 Million in Funding

Strut, which is a social shopping app has raised 1.5 million in funding. It is an app created by Mark Daniel and is designed to help users create new outfits that they can purchase directly on their phones and even share with friends. Mark Daniel was one of the winners of Thiel Fellowship last year....

Acquisition of Fairchild Fashion Media by Penske Media

The owner of Hollywood trade publications Deadline and Variety, Penske Media Corp will buy Women’s Wear Daily and other fashion-industry publications from Condé Nast. According to sources, the sale price is close to $100 million. Condé Nast’s parent company acquired the Fairchild Fashion Media...

Acquisition of Video Streaming Firm Ooyala by Australian Telecom Company Telstra

Ooyala which is a streaming video monetization and distribution platform is being brought by Telstra, an Australian telecom firm. Telstra will invest $270 million to reach a 98 percent ownership stake in Ooyala. According to sources, Ooyala will be wholly operated by the Australian telecom firm. Ooyala...

Practice Fusion acquires Startup Ringadoc

Practice Fusion which is a provider of a free electronic health record service for doctors, acquired Ringadoc, an app developer as it makes its foray into telemedicine. Telemedicine allows care providers to interact with patients via related technologies and devices. IHS which is a Research firm has...

Acquisition of Mobile App Gyft by First Data Corporation

First Data Corporation which is owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the private equity firm, announced that it would buy start-up, Gyft, founded in 2012 that lets people buy and use gift cards from their mobile devices. With this acquisition, First Data Corporation, a payment processing giant is hoping...

Hospira considers acquiring Danone’s Medical-Nutrition Unit for $5 Billion

Hospira Inc. which is a US-based medical and pharmaceutical device maker, is considering purchasing the medical nutrition business of Danone, the French consumer group for around $5 billion. If completed, the deal would allow Hospira to reincorporate overseas in a so-called inversion, freeing its offshore...

Bank Leumi’s Swiss Unit to be acquired by Julius Baer

On Monday, the Julius Baer Group said that in the first six months of the year, the amount of money it manages for clients reached a record high and it was buying new businesses from the Israeli lender Bank Leumi. Based in Zurich, Julius Baer, a Swiss private bank said that in the first six months of...

In a Deal Worth $5.3 Billion Mylan to acquire Generic Drug Assets of Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories said that it had agreed to offload its generic drug business outside the United States to Mylan, a generic drug maker in an all-stock deal that valued the business at around $5.3 billion. Abbott will take a 21 percent stake worth around $5.3 billion in a new company which combines...

$826 Million raised by SSP Group in Initial Public Offering

The SSP Group which is a food and beverage retailer at train stations and airports saw its shares jump after it raised around $826 million in its I.P.O in London. Select Service Partner priced its offering of 229.3 million shares at £2.10 per share, valuing the company at $1.7 billion or £997 million....

$4.9 Million raised by Spark Labs in Series A Funding

Spark Labs have raised $4.9 million in Series A funding led by Lion Wells Capital and with participation from SOSventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Collaborative Fund and also a host of angel investors. Spark Labs develops two main products Spark Core a tiny development kit for creating IoT...

Wotif to be acquired by US-based Travel Company Expedia

Expedia, the US online travel giant agreed to acquire Wotif, a website that provides reservation service for hotels in Australia for $703 million. Expedia is expected to pay $3.06 cash per share and a special dividend of 24 cents per share which is expected to be fully-franked. The offer of $3.30 per...

Acquisition of Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes by American Homes 4 Rent

One of the biggest institutional investors in foreclosed homes, American Homes 4 Rent said that it was purchasing Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes, which is a smaller competitor. American Homes 4 Rent, which owns around 25,000 homes in a few states, said that it had completed the acquisition of Beazer Pre-Owned...

Auto Escape Group to be acquired by Online Travel Company Expedia

Expedia Inc, an online travel company announced that it is going to acquire European online car rental reservation company, Auto Escape Group from private equity fund Montefiore Investment, and few members of management team of AutoEscape. The deal’s financial terms are yet to be disclosed. Expedia,...

Central Garden & Pet Company offered $10 per Share by Harbinger Group

The Harbinger Group which is run by Philip A. Falcone, the hedge fund manager has offered $10 a share to acquire the Central Garden & Pet Company. This offer which is for Class B and Class A shares of Central Garden represents a premium of 11 percent from Friday’s closing stock price. The shares...

Acquisition of NYX Cosmetics by French Cosmetics Giant L’Oreal

The world’s biggest cosmetics maker, L’Oreal SA has agreed to purchase NYX Cosmetics, boosting its makeup range in North America where its consumer-products unit has faltered. L’Oreal said that NYX Cosmetics will continue to operate from its Los Angeles headquarters under the brand’s current...

British Oil Companies Shell and BP to Sign Trade Deals with China

On Tuesday, Shell and BP, biggest oil companies in Britain, will unveil a multi-billion pounds agreement with China to supply liquefied natural gas in two of the biggest deals to be announced by Premier Li Keqiang and UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron. As part of Beijing’s drive to reduce its carbon...

Satellite Start-up Skybox Imaging to be acquired by Google

On Tuesday, Google Inc said that it is buying Skybox Imaging, a satellite company for $500 million in cash. This is Google’s second high-profile acquisition of an aerospace company this year. Google added that satellites of Skybox will provide images for Google’s online mapping service. The search...

Apple Inc Supplier to acquire Stake in Asia Pacific Telecom

For $390 million (T$11.6 billion ), Foxconn Technology Group, Apple Inc’s supplier will acquire  a stake in Taiwanese mobile telecom operator, Asia Pacific Telecom, in a deal that would expand its presence in Taiwan’s fourth-generation telecoms market. Foxconn Technology Group, known as Hon...

Britain’s Largest Hotel Company InterContinental Group Snubs £6 Billion Bid from US Suitor

According to sources, InterContinental Hotels Group, the company which owns Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites and Crowne Plaza, has snubbed a £6 billion bid from a US suitor. According to sources, the InterContinental Hotels Group’s board met a few weeks ago to consider the offer, but decided that the...

Qatar Investor Helps Deutsche Bank to Raise its Capital by $11 Billion

German global banking and financial services company, Deutsche Bank initiated plans to raise $11 billion in new capital on Sunday with the Qatari family a major new investor. It is a bid by the German bank to end speculations about its capital strength. In 2010, the bank already raised 10.2 billion euros...

To Acquire Parent Company’s Assets CITIC Pacific Raised $5.1 Billion

Hong Kong based CITIC Pacific Ltd announced that it had secured $5.1 billion to help finance the acquisition of around $36 billion in assets from its parent company. On Wednesday, the company announced that the fifteen strategic investors financing the deal include a group of Chinese state-backed entities...

Acquisition of Mercury Payment Systems by Vantiv Inc

For about $1.65 billion, Vantiv Inc, a payment processor said that it would acquire Mercury Payment Systems LLC from Silver Lake Group LLC, a private equity firm to strengthen its presence in the fast-growing market for integrated payment systems. The deal is expected to complement Vantiv’s acquisition...

Global Smartphone Market to Witness Rapid Growth

The global smartphone market is growing at a rapid pace. Some of the factors fueling the growth in the smartphone market are technological developments such as professional data management, high-speed internet browsing, and the development of 3G and 4G network technologies. In the first quarter of 2014,...

Hon Hai Precision Industry Considers Acquiring Stake in Asia Pacific Telecom

According to sources Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd which is famous for making iPhones for Apple Inc is currently in talks to acquire 22 percent of Asia Pacific Telecom Co Ltd, a Taiwanese mobile network provider. Taiwan’s Commercial Times reported that the deal will be...

Prospect of the Camera Accessories Market

Worldwide demand for camera accessories such as cases, bags, lenses, supports and flashes are increasing. In 2012, the global camera accessories market was valued at $5.1 billion. In terms of market demand, the demand for lenses was the highest, followed by bags and cases, flashes and camera supports. A...

Proposed Acquisition of Allergan by Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals

On Tuesday, Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said that the company and activist investor Bill Ackman made a takeover bid of $47 billion to acquire Allergan Inc – the maker of Botox. This bid comes at a time when Valeant Pharmaceuticals International seeks to become one...

Opportunities and Threats in the Global Consumer Electronics Market

Favorable demographics, evolving interconnected lifestyles and rising consumer incomes are anticipated to boost the global consumer electronics industry. The consumer electronics market is estimated to reach a value of $1,210 billion in 2017, with a CAGR of 5.4% from 2012 to 2017. Emergence of new players...

Opportunities in the Global Household Appliance Market

The global household appliance industry is capital intensive and fragmented as plenty of players are competing with each other to uphold their place in the market. The household appliance industry consists of cooking appliances, laundry appliances, home comfort appliances, refrigerators among many others. According...

Future of the Caribbean Travel and Tourism Industry

The economy of the Caribbean region is heavily impacted by the travel and tourism market.  Due to the global economic recession, tourism industry in the Caribbean region declined. However, as the economy recovers, the tourism sector in the Caribbean region has also slowly grown. According to CTO (Caribbean...

Overview of the Infrastructure Sector in India

A strong infrastructure plays an important role in the development of a country’s economy. Dilapidated ports, crumbling roads and an overstretched energy grid have long dragged on India’s economy. India has one of the fastest growing GDPs in the world. But GDP’s of China and Russia are much higher...

Steady Growth Expected in the Global Pet Care Market

With increase in pet ownership, the global market for pet care has been growing steadily. In 2012, the global pet care market’s total revenue was $84.5 billion. In 2012, the dog care segment was the most profitable segment. The market for dog care generated total revenues of $30.9 billion and accounted...

Acquisition of Hotel Osaka for 8.9 billion yen by Ascendas Hospitality Trust

Ascendas Hospitality Trust has agreed to acquire the Osaka Namba Washington Hotel Plaza which is in Osaka, Japan from Ainodake Godo Kaisha for S$110.8 million (8.9 billion yen), in a in a deal that would boost returns and diversify its portfolio. Ascendas Hospitality said that under a fixed-term building...

Facebook steps into Virtual Reality World by Acquiring Oculus VR

For $2 billion, Facebook Inc will purchase maker of virtual-reality glasses, Oculus VR Inc for gaming. Facebook is making its way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena with its first-ever hardware deal. The world’s largest social networking site Facebook was late to recognize the shift to...

Revival of the Travel and Tourism Industry in Japan

Tourism has always been a vital part of the Japanese economy. Japan has the third largest economy in the world. Japanese GDP has grown for four consecutive quarters after recovering from the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Currently the GDP of Japan is around $6 trillion. The selection of Tokyo...

Importance of Human Resource Management in the Global Market

The importance of human resources industry is increasing in the business world. Most of the companies have realized that their success depends on retaining and developing the right employees. Hence, human resource management plays such an important role in organizations across the world. Nowadays, evaluating...

Airbus wins Deal worth $3.8 Billion from Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd of Singapore has placed an order of $3.8 billion at list prices for 37 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Tiger Airways will be taking the delivery of these planes from 2018 to 2025. Koay Peng Yen, chief executive officer of Tigerair said that they have re-calibrated their strategy and...

Future of the Global Smart Weapons Market

The global market for smart weapons has been witnessing steady rise with recent conflicts across the globe and the increasing threat of terrorism. Escalating conflicts across the globe has now more than ever emphasized the need for precision attacks and stand-off strikes. Most countries are also modernizing...

High Prevalence of Diabetes Propelling the Growth of the Global Diabetic Food Market

In the last couple of years, the number of people suffering from lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases has been on the sharp incline. With the increase prevalence of diabetes, there has been steady demand for diabetic food. According to analysts, the global market...

Steady Growth Expected in the Global Industrial Enzymes Market

Industrial enzymes have numerous industrial applications that include manufacturing, bio energy production, animal feed, food processing, textiles and biopharmaceuticals. These enzymes act as catalysts that speed up chemical reactions. The global market for industrial enzymes has been growing steadily,...

Future of the Global Microspheres Market

Increasing application of microspheres in a wide variety of field is propelling the growth of the global microspheres industry. Microspheres are manufactured from both natural as well as synthetic materials. There are used in a number of fields ranging from medicine and automotive to aerospace and paints...

Prospect of the Global Apparel Market

The apparel industry continues to grow at a healthy rate, despite the current global economic downturn. The apparel industry is very important to a country’s economy in terms of its trade, investment, employment and revenue. The apparel industry has short product life cycles, vast product differentiation...

Future of the Global Dermatological Drugs Market

With rise in skin disorders amongst people and increase in awareness about different dermatological drugs, the global market for dermatology drugs has been on the rise. In the global pharmaceutical market, dermatological drugs are an important segment. Introduction of new drugs that has a higher efficacy...

Tourism Market in Australia Expected to Boom

The tourism industry in Australia provides a number of services, programs, resources and partnering opportunities to assist the country’s tourism business with both trade and consumer marketing activities. According to ABS (Australia Bureau of Statistics), there were 6.4 million arrivals to Australia...

Opportunities and Challenges in the US Breakfast Cereals Market

The breakfast market has had a continuous growth throughout its history. The breakfast cereals industry has a gross profit margin of 40-45%, and has a 90% penetration in some markets. Breakfast cereals faced an enormous competition from breakfast alternatives in 2013. Snack bars continued to see significant...

Global Cardiac Pacemaker Market Driven by Increased Prevalence of Cardiovascular Diseases

With rise in the incidences of cardiac diseases, the global market for cardiac pacemaker market has witnessed strong growth in the last couple of years. Technological advancement and innovation in the development of cardiac pacemakers has been some of the contributing factors that have fueled the growth...

Evolution of the Global Ecommerce Market

Retailers in today’s era see global expansion as a crucial platform for growth. Retailers are looking to sell their products online as consumers across the world in both developed and developing countries go online to purchase products. Different strategies to capture market share are being used from...

Global Nebulizer Market Witnessing Steady Growth

The global market for nebulizer has been growing at a steady state owing to increased prevalence of respiratory diseases. A nebulizer is a drug delivery device that is powered by battery or electricity which turns liquid medicine into a fine mist that is inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizer comes in different...

Brain Monitoring Devices Market Driven by Technological Advancement

With increases prevalence of neurological diseases, the global market for brain monitoring devices is expected to witness steady growth. In 2012, the brain monitoring devices market was valued at 1.08 billion USD. By 2017, the market is expected to reach a value of 1.63 billion USD, growing at a compound...

Global Scuba Diving Equipment Market Witnessing Steady Growth

With increased interest in scuba diving as a recreational activity, the market for scuba diving equipment has witnessed steady increase in the last couple of years. Rise in tourism and the steadily recovering economy are some of the major factors which are fueling the growth in the industry. Increase...

Disney lays off 700 Employees from its Interactive Unit

Walt Disney will lay off 700 employees or roughly 26 percent of its global staff in major overhaul of its struggling interactive division. The company plans to focus more on the mobile market and change its advertising strategy and cut back on the number of video games it develops. For years, Disney’s...

Telus Purchases Health Care Technology Company Med Access Inc

Canadian national telecommunication company Telus acquired Med Access Inc, a Kelowna-based company that will increase its reach into health care technology services. Med Access Inc is a company that provides electronic medical record services to around 2,000 general practice and specialty physicians...

Future of the Global Video Surveillance Market

In the last decade there has been steady growth in the market for video surveillance. Increasing use of video surveillance by law enforcement agencies as well as its increased acceptance in home and work security are the main reasons for its growth in the industry. By 2018, the video surveillance systems...

Future of the Global Electronic Shelf Labels Market

With rapid growth in the retail industry, the market for electronic shelf labels has also increased significantly. Electronic shelf label also called ESL is attached to the front edge of retail shelving for displaying the price and/or item information of a particular product. The ESL is linked to a communication...

Global Bioinformatics Market Witnessing Steady Growth

The application of computer technology for management of biological information is called bioinformatics. In recent years, the application of bioinformatics has increased from pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors to food and agricultural sectors. Due to increasing use of bioinformatics in gene-based...

Changing Face of the Global Human Capital Management Market

Companies are starting to reset their horizons after five years of the great recession. Human capital decisions for the past several years have been largely shaped by the recession and the consequences of weak economic growth. The challenges of managing a global workforce are considerable. In terms of...

Berkshire Partners Considers Acquiring Catalina Marketing Corp

According to sources, private equity firm, Berkshire Partners LLC is in advanced negotiations to purchase Catalina Marketing Corp from Hellman & Friedman LLC in a deal expected to be worth more than $2 billion. The Boston-based buyout firm, Berkshire Partners LLC, has emerged as the lead bidder in...

Future of the Global Infection Control Market

Infection control measures are aimed to ensure protection from infectious diseases in general community or in hospital setting. The market for infection control which encompasses both sterilization and disinfection processes has seen a huge surge in recent years with awareness about health safety among...

Royal Bank of Scotland to sell its Holding in Direct Line Insurance Group

Royal Bank of Scotland said that it plans to sell almost its entire remaining stake in Direct Line Insurance Group which is Britain’s largest car insurer, through a placement to institutional investors. The bank said it would offer 423.2 million shares, representing 28.2 percent of Direct Line Insurance...

Global Smart Lighting Market Driven by Need for Energy Efficiency

The smart lighting market is growing exponentially in recent years driven by growing awareness about energy efficiency of smart lighting systems. Smart lighting uses intelligent lighting control systems that make adjustments in lighting according to various parameters such as movement, temperature, occupancy...

South Korean LG Corporation to launch its First Smartwatch

The head of LG’s mobile communication division said that the company plans to launch its first smartwatch. This will mark the company’s foray into the nascent market for wearable devices. The CEO of LG Electronics’ mobile communication division, Park Jong-Seok said that the company is working on...

Global Water Desalination Market Witnessing Steady Growth

The global market for water desalination has been growing at a steady pace with increase in government initiative and greater awareness about sustainability. The water industry is now taking major steps to address issues of water scarcity. The process of removing salt from saline water is known as water...

Future of the Global Gesture Recognition Market

The global market for gesture recognition has witnessed steady growth in recent years, owing to the cost-effectiveness of gesture recognition systems. Gesture recognition systems allow a user to interact with a device to perform a specific function without the need to touch the device. In 2012, the market...

Global Sodium Reduction Ingredients Market Driven by Growing Health Consciousness

The global market for sodium reduction ingredients is growing steadily with rising health awareness among consumers about the disadvantages of consuming excessive sodium. Although sodium is required in small amounts for proper functioning of the body, consuming excess sodium can cause a number of health...

Global Augmented Reality Market Driven by Increase in Number of Applications

Increase in demand for enhanced user experience is driving the growth in the augmented reality market in recent years. Augmented reality is used in a number of sectors such as consumer electronics, defense, healthcare, education and industrial sectors. Augmented reality is a view of a physical, real-world...

Future of the Global Banking and Payment Smart Cards Market

Banking and payment smart cards are an important part of the modern global economy. The modern global economy is increasingly based around the industry. According to analysts, the global banking and payment card market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.97% between 2012 and 2016. One of the key factors...

Global Vitamin Market Poised to Witness Steady Growth in the Future

The global market for vitamins has witnessed steady growth in recent years owing to an increase in demand for the nutraceutical market. The demand for vitamins is also seen from the cosmeceuticals industry, particularly the skin care segment. The vitamins market has emerged as one of the most dynamic...

The Booming Global Children’s Apparel Market

Due to the growing affluence in emerging markets, increase in nuclear families and the trend of emulating western culture there will be a rapid growth in the global apparel market for children in the future. By 2017, the global market for children’s wear is expected to reach $173.6 billion. According...

Ashland Inc’s Water Technologies Unit to be bought by Clayton Dubilier & Rice

One of the oldest private equity firms, Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC has agreed to buy Specialty Chemicals Company Ashland Inc.’s water-technologies unit for around $1.8 billion. The water-technologies unit will operate as a stand-alone business. In a statement issued by Clayton Dubilier, the firm...

Global Facial Recognition Market Driven by Technological Advancement

With greater government spending on biometric technologies and increase in growth of the surveillance market, the market for facial recognition has expanded in recent years. Facial recognition system is typically used for security purposes in various security systems. A facial recognition system identifies...

Future of the Global Radiopharmaceutical Market

The global market for radiopharmaceuticals has been growing steadily in the last couple of years owing to increase in aging population and prevalence of chronic diseases. Drugs that contain radioactive materials called radioisotopes are known as radiopharmaceuticals. They are used in the diagnosis and...

Steady Growth in the Global Weight Loss and Obesity Management Market

Obesity has become one of the major issues plaguing the world and it is considered to be the cause of many lifestyle-related diseases. With increase in obesity and obesity-related diseases, the market for weight loss and obesity management has grown significantly in the last couple of years. In 2012,...

Global Sports and Fitness Apps Market to Witness Rapid Growth

The global apps industry is a booming market with consumers on an average spending around two hours a day with apps. In 2013, the global apps market was worth around 15.5 billion USD with Android and iOS dominating the market. There are hundreds and thousands of apps for people to choose from, ranging...

Online Game Developer Nexon keen on US Acquisitions

According to incoming CEO Owen Mahoney of Nexon Co Ltd, to further the company’s long-standing plan to expand in the Western markets, the Japanese online gaming firm will begin to explore U.S. acquisitions. Nexon, which was founded in South Korea in the year 1994, is well-known for free-to-play PC...

Global Antidepressant Market Driven by Increase Prevalence of Depression

With significant increase in the number of people suffering from depression, the market for antidepressant drugs is expected to grow steadily. In recent years, there has been greater awareness regarding the treatment of major depressive disorder and other associated conditions. People are also aware...

Future of the Global Home Automation Market

In recent years, the market for home automation has witnessed rapid growth due to its popularity and higher affordability. Continuous development in technology has made home automation more accessible and affordable to consumers. Interest of consumers and home owners in securing their homes and conserving...

Future of the Commercial Aviation Aircraft Lighting Market

Aircrafts are equipped with a number of lights which are used for a variety of applications ranging from illuminating the cabin, safety lights, lights used for navigation and for takeoff and landing. Lighting system in a commercial aircraft can be segmented as interior lighting and exterior lighting....

Key Trends in the Global Luxury Hotel Market

After a considerable decline in 2009, the global luxury hotel market witnessed significant growth in 2010. The sector continued its recovery and in the coming years, the market is expected to grow considerably. Some of the factors that are contributing to the growth in the luxury hotel market are increase...

Global Pet Food Market Driven by Demand for High Quality Products

The pet food market is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the pet care industry. With increase in disposable income and change in lifestyle, more and more people are opting for pets. This is in turn fueling the growth of pet food market. Pet owners treat their pets as family members and are better...

Trends in the US Soft Drink Industry

Manufacturers in the soft drink industry will look to provide mixes of energy, flavors, and hydration in order to attract consumers. In 2013, the global soft drinks volumes expanded over 4% and value sales grew by more than 5% with a retail market size of over $531.3 billion dollars. US remained in the...

Future of the Global Water Treatment Chemicals Market

With increasing scarcity of safe and usable water, the market for water treatment chemicals has been growing rapidly. Chemicals for treating water are required for removing impurities from source water to make it fit for human use. In 2011, the global water treatment market was worth 22.35 billion USD....

Global Insulin Pump Market to be driven by Increase in Diabetic Population

With increase in the number of people suffering from diabetes, the global market for insulin pumps is growing rapidly. For patients suffering from insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes, healthcare practitioners consider insulin pumps to be one of the most effective methods for controlling diabetes. Insulin...

Global Seed Treatment Market is expected to Witness Steady Growth

Seed treatment refers to the application of chemical or biological agents to prevent or control diseases and to increase germination. With technological advancement and ongoing development in the field of seed treatment, the market for seed treatment has been growing rapidly. Some of the factors which...

Global Food Texture Market Poised to Expand in Coming Years

The global food texture market is expanding rapidly in recent years with increase in demand for processed food. Texturizing agents are primarily added to food to improve its texture. Different types of texturizing agents are used in food items for adding creaminess, thickness, viscosity and other essential...

Future of Canada’s Travel and Tourism Industry

The travel industry has changed a lot over the last few decades. But some of the issues that the travel and tourism industry faced in the early 90’s are still present. In 2009, the market decelerated due to the financial crisis, but now the scenario has changed with tourist volumes increasing in the...

Monitise Purchases Turkish Mobile Money Company Pozitron

Monitise, a U.K.-based mobile financial provider announced that it has purchased Pozitron Yazilim, a mobile technology company based in Turkey, which is focused on Turkey and the rest of the Middle East. The $ 100 million move in an all-share deal, gives the growing Monitise a new grip in that region. Alastair...

As Weaker Yen Boosts Exports Toyota Expects Record Annual Profit

The world’s leading automaker, Toyota Motor Corp, has raised its profit forecast for the third time in as many quarters as the weaker yen boosts earnings from Lexus and Prius vehicles exported out of Japan. According to the Japan-based carmaker, the net income will probably almost double to a record...

Growth in the Natural Flavors and Colors Market

The natural colors and flavors market has been growing significantly in the last couple of years mainly due to consumers’ awareness about the safety of using natural products. Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about the potential dangers of using artificial flavors and colors in food products....

Future of Italy’s Travel and Tourism Market

In 2012, Italy was ranked fifth by the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) in terms of inbound tourism arrivals and international tourist receipts. The country recorded a decline in domestic tourism market in 2011, although inbound tourism continued to increase. Italy’s inbound tourism...

Organic Food and Beverage Market Driven by Increased Health Awareness of Consumers

With increase in health awareness amongst consumers and rise of organic farming, the global market for organic food and beverages has grown significantly in recent years. In 2012, the market for organic food and beverages was valued at 70.70 billion USD. By 2015, the market is expected to reach a value...

Impact of Refined Petroleum Product on the Global Market

Oil production-consumption is changing around the world, where emerging countries are becoming key consumers. Traditional consumer countries are becoming not only producers but also net exporters of refined petroleum. Prices of different refined petroleum product are different in different places. Products...

Future of the Global In-vitro Fertilization Market

In the last decade, there had been tremendous technical advancement in the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART). In-vitro fertilization or IVF is a major treatment for infertility and is used as a last resort when other procedures of assisted reproductive technology have failed. In 2012, the...

Rise in Demand for Processed Poultry Meat

Increased demand for protein rich food and convenience food is fueling the growth in the processed poultry meat market. With increase in urbanization, change in eating habits and rise in disposable income, the market for processed poultry meat has been on the rise. In 2012, the global poultry meat market...

Mobile Ad Sales Increases Facebook Revenue

As the internet company’s mobile ad sales continued to accelerate Facebook Inc delivered its strongest revenue growth in two years, beating Wall Street targets. On 29th January 2014, Facebook shares increased 12 percent to USD 59.98 in after-hours trading. The world’s largest social networking...

Vietnamese Carrier VietJetAir to Finalize Order with Airbus

With an aim to tap into the burgeoning low-cost airlines market in Southeast Asia, VietJetAir, the Vietnamese carrier is all set to finalize a $9 billion order for up to 92 Airbus aircraft. The deal is expected to be signed next month at the Singapore Airshow. Presently the fast growing low-cost airline...

Opportunities in the Smart Washing Machine Market

Smart appliances are experiencing a worldwide growth in the global market with the adoption of home energy management systems. Washing machines are leading in smart appliance purchases according to a report by industrial and energy market research publisher. According to analysts, the global smart washing...

Thoma Bravo to Sell Blue Coat Systems

According to sources, Thoma Bravo LLC, a private equity firm that specializes in investing in middle-market companies is looking to sell network security company Blue Coat Systems Inc. Although the sale process has not officially started, Blue Coat Systems has already started to attract interest from...

Globalization of Food Industry

Food in a major way has influenced globalization; for instance, rice grown in Thailand may be packed in India and sold in a supermarket in UK. The global retail food sales generate over $4 trillion per year. Seafood, dairy, eggs, gourmet foods, meat, fruits and vegetables, condiments and cereal based...

Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind Technologies to be acquired by Google

Google Inc. is all set to acquire London-based privately held artificial intelligence company DeepMind Technologies Ltd. According to Re/code, a technology news website, the acquisition price was around $400 million. It has been reported that late last year, Facebook was also in discussions to buy the...