8 Key Trends Shaping the U.S. Co-Branded Credit Card Market

Roughly 43% of U.S. adult consumers own at least one co-branded or affinity credit card, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts. By year-end 2014, co-branded credit cards alone generated 31% of general purpose credit card purchase volume, or $809 billion out of $2.63 trillion, among Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express branded credit and charge cards.

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Competition in the segment is fierce with a growing multitude of players chasing a finite universe of affluent prospects with more rewards and broader, deeper card features and benefits. Packaged Facts outlines eight important trends that will shape the market for co-branded and affinity cards. These include: Read the rest of this entry »

Global dividends fall in Q2 as the US dollar soars in value

Global dividends fell 6.7% year on year in the second quarter to $404.9bn, a decline of $29.1bn according to the latest Henderson Global Dividend Study. This is the third consecutive quarter of declines, mainly owing to the strength of the US dollar against major world currencies.

Key highlights

  • Global dividends fell 6.7% (headline) to $404.9bn in Q2, the third consecutive quarterly drop, with US dollar strength accounting for most of the decline
  • Underlying dividends (excluding currency and other factors) rose a very encouraging 8.9%
  • Q2 sees Europe ex-UK’s seasonal peak; headline dividends dropped 14.3% due largely to euro weakness
  • Financial stocks around the world are raising payouts as the sector continues to recover from the financial crisis
  • Underlying growth was 8.6%, led by Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium
  • The US remains the engine of global dividend growth (+10% headline), delivering the sixth consecutive quarter of double digit increases
  • Q2 also represents a seasonal peak for Japan; dividends fell 7.1% on the weak yen but gained a dramatic 16.8% on an underlying basis due to rising payout ratios and strong earnings growth
  • 2015 forecast upgraded to $1.16trillion, from $1.13 trillion due to strengthening underlying dividend trends
  • Forecast implies 7.8% underlying growth and a fall of 1.2% at the headline level owing to dollar strength

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BMW Group Deliveries Higher Than Ever in July

Sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles totalled 173,195 in July, a new high for the month and an increase of 5.6% compared with the same period last year. A new record was also achieved for the first seven months of the year with a total of 1,272,953 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 7.5%.

In July, BMW brand deliveries increased by 5.8% to total 147,513. Sales for the year-to-date climbed 5.2% to 1,079,563.

Sales of the BMW 1 Series were up 5.6% compared with the same month last year – a total of 14,275 customers took delivery of the recently refreshed compact cars. The new BMW 2 Series continues to sell strongly with a total of 14,580 delivered worldwide in July. The BMW X family continues to drive sales growth with deliveries of the BMW X5 totalling 14,938, an increase of 32.7% compared with July last year. A year after it was launched, the BMW X4 was delivered to a total of 4,102 customers in July while 3,648 customers took delivery of a BMW X6, up 71.5% on the same month last year.

A total of 2,221 BMW i vehicles were delivered to customers in July, an increase of 79.4% year-on-year. In the first seven months of the year, 14,784 units were sold around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

North America Food & Beverage Colorants Market is Expected to Reach $809.4 Million by 2019

The food & beverage colorants market in North America is projected to grow from $642.8 million in 2014 to $809.4 million by 2019, at a CAGR of 4.7%.

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Colors are used to enhance the appearance of food and make it preferable. The original color of the product fades when it is processed, which can be restored by the addition of food colorants. Food colors are widely used in applications such as beverages, bakery, confectionary, dairy products, and meat products. The North American food & beverage colorants market is dominated by synthetic colors, but is trending towards natural colors; this is because there is an increase in the health conscious consumers, who demands natural ingredients in food. Read the rest of this entry »