Ambitious Fiscal Targets Unlikely To Be Met

While we project Russia's budget deficit to narrow on the back of higher oil revenues and a slowdown in expenditure growth, the government will fall short of its announced austerity targets given the still-weak economy and upcoming presidential...

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Actelion Acquisition Hopes To Guarantee J&J's Revenue Growth

Johnson & Johnson's USD30bn acquisition of Actelion highlights the firm's need to offset the impending revenue loss through competition to key product Remicade. The deal, which will add a number of high-growth potential products to the firm...

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Vodafone-IDEA Merger: RJIL's Price War A Threat To Market

Vodafone India and IDEA Cellular have confirmed reports that they are discussing a potential merger of their mobile network operator businesses. Vodafone would acquire newly-issued IDEA shares, resulting in Vodafone India being deconsolidated from...

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Enel's Demand Energy Acquisition Fosters DES Focus

The acquisition of Demand Energy, a start-up specialised in optimising the management of battery storage systems via software, will support Enel's strategy of increasing its focus on providing energy services.

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Republican Unity To Be Tested Over Deficit, Debt

In the midst of rapid-fire executive orders issued by President Donald Trump and ongoing confirmation Senate cabinet confirmation hearings, we reiterate that the potential for disagreement within the ranks of the Republican Party is being...

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Mining And Domestic Demand Will Support Growth

Botswana will experience an uptick in economic growth over 2017 as output in the extractive sector returns to positive growth. Stable inflation and low interest rates, compared to recent years, will provide a boost to private consumption over the...

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Loan Growth Faces Long-Term Constraints

Sub-Saharan Africa will see loan growth accelerate modestly in the year ahead as rising economic activity bolsters consumer and business confidence and improving asset quality boosts banks' willingness to lend. That said, loan growth will remain...

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Market Disruption: Big Firms Fight Back Through Services

In industries including autos, healthcare, telecoms and utilities, market disruption will encourage established players to diversify away from their traditional core product lines. Investment into services that complement core products will be a...

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