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Ansoff and Tesco - What Went Wrong with Fresh and Easy?

Tesco's decision to review the future of its US grocery supermarket chain Fresh and Easy will provide us all with some fantastic teaching material to use when looking at some core topics such as international expansion, product/market strategy...
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Oligopoly and collusion: The scam busters

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THESE are nervy times for price-fixers. Banks that allegedly manipulated LIBOR, an interbank interest rate, are awaiting their punishment. At $800 trillion, the...

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Large data sets provide clues about possible price collusion in markets - excellent for students covering oligopoly and cartel behaviour

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Comet collapse to cost UK £49m

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The collapse of failed electrical chain Comet will cost the government £49.4m in redundancy payments and owed tax revenues, administrators Deloitte reveal.
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Patents and Price Discrimination: Strong Medicine - the Economics of Big Pharma

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This excellent and timely half hour BBC Radio 4 programme from last week covers some key concepts in the A2 course.

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Hayley Louise Ripley Toms's curator insight, December 23, 2012 8:02 AM

Price discrimintion would be more 'equitable' and fair,but this isn't possible as it is very hard to price discriminate. 

 

This is due to the 'seepage's between markets. E.g/ People go to the countries like Africa where the dugs are made cheaper, buy them there, and then sell them back in the more expensive countries.

 

This system is therefore not sustainable.

 

Patents give the pharma companies the incentive to innovate. Monopolypower = dynamic effeciency

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Monopoly: Rail commuters face 6% fare rise

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Some rail commuters in England will face a rise of nearly 6% for their season tickets next year.
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Farmers seek supermarket pricing talks

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The Ulster Farmers Union is asking to meet supermarket bosses over the prices farmers are receiving for their produce.
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Clean energy plan to add to bills

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The government outlines plans to spend £7.6bn on cleaner energy by 2020, to be paid for through household bills, but delays a decision on long-term emissions targets.
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The build up to Christmas - Amazon style!

The images below give an idea of the scale of resources at Amazon's disposal. They're from one of their
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Insight into scale of Amazon

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Energy firms forced to limit tariffs

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The government forces energy companies to limit the number of gas and electricity tariffs.
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Government's attempt to cap energy prices, question is will is work during a time of rising energy prices?

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Aston Martin gets cash injection

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Aston Martin says it will receive a £150m investment from Italian private equity firm Investindustrial in exchange for a 37.5% stake in the luxury carmaker.
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BBC News - Inside Amazon as it faces its busiest shopping period

BBC News - Inside Amazon as it faces its busiest shopping period | AS Business Studies Market Structures | Scoop.it
LJ Rich goes behind the scenes of online retailer Amazon to discover why "chaotic storage" and an average walk of eight miles a day can lead to customer satisfaction.
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The Chinese Smartphone Market

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iPhones are way too expensive.

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Fascinating Oligopoly

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Oligopoly- disadvantages

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Stagecoach in US court over New York tour bus 'monopoly'

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Brian Souter's Stagecoach is being taken to court in the US over claims that it created a monopoly of "hop-on, hop-off" double-decker bus tours in New York.
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Oligopoly and Collusion: EU imposes record $1.92 billion cartel fine on LCD cartel

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Philips, LG Electronics, Samsung SDI and three other firms were fined a record 1.47 billion euros ($1.92 billion) by EU antitrust regulators for fixing prices of TV and monitor cathode-ray...


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Boxonomics: Oligopolies and concentrated markets

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Summary of Oligopolies. Additional great links to information along left hand side of webpage.

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Tyrone farmers unite against milk prices

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A collapse in milk prices has driven dairy producers to protest outside a Co Tyrone creamery.
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Delta buys into Virgin Atlantic

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Delta Airlines agrees to buy Singapore Airlines' 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, in a deal which was the subject of a high-profile spat between Sir Richard Branson and BA's Willie Walsh.
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Still needing regulatory approval but seems likely to happen.

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Increased Contestability: Tesco to venture into giant Indian market after their government allows foreign superstores

Increased Contestability: Tesco to venture into giant Indian market after their government allows foreign superstores | AS Business Studies Market Structures | Scoop.it
Controversial decision to remove a ban preventing international firms setting up shop in India has now received full parliamentary backing. (#Econ3 Indian markets now more contestable....guess who's first in?

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6) Contestability  - ....