Economic Resilience Beginning To Fade

Turkey's economy shrank in Q316 for the first time since 2009, as heightened political and economic uncertainty weighed on investment. The government will attempt to counter slowing growth through increased spending, although this will lead to a...

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O2 UK Next For Telefónica's Debt Reduction

The main aim of Telefónica selling a stake of Telxius is to reduce its debt, the highest amongst the five major European operators. Even if the fee received is small, it will increase confidence in the operator's plan to gain a healthier financial...

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Social Unrest No Threat To Construction Outlook

Ethiopia will maintain its status as regional construction growth outperformer in SSA owing to the substantial opportunities presented by the market. An escalation in social unrest presents a downside risk as foreign firms are targeted,...

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Strong Competition For Lucrative Smart Home Market

Alongside telecoms operators and online players, retailers will provide the third area of competition in the smart home market. All stakeholders prioritise having the direct relationship with end-users, to create more recurrent revenue streams, and...

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CRISPR Patent Fight Just Beginning

The patent fight between two different sets of CRISPR/Cas9 licensees will be drawn out, but will likely end in a cross-licensing agreement. 2017 will be a big year for the CRISPR technology as it enters clinical trials, with Editas Medicine aiming...

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Long-Term LNG Outlook Positive, Despite Higher Taxes

Higher taxes on LNG at the state level will negatively impact LNG imports in the short term, though we expect implementation of anti-pollution policies and robust import capacity additions to drive appetite for LNG in the longer term.

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Keeping Spending In Check Will Cost Government Popularity

The new NPP government in Ghana will fail to implement its election promises in full owing to the fiscal constraints of a greater-than-excepted budget deficit and an ongoing IMF programme. In the short term it will be able to shift the blame for...

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Value Over Volume In Declining Beer Market

Intense competition and changing consumer preferences are hurting a number of China's major beer companies. Despite it being the world's largest market in terms of beer consumption volumes, Asahi is looking to exit its stake in Tsingtao as these...

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