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SOUTH AFRICA

Zara owner Inditex profits rise as quick-trend model pays off

MADRID - Zara-owner Inditex posted a rise in first-half profits Wednesday thanks to what analysts said was a well-honed business model allowing the Spanish group to beat rivals in whisking new trends to the shopfloor...

22 Sep 2016

SPAIN

Orange seeks to buy Spain's Jazztel for $4.4bn

MADRID, SPAIN: French group Orange launched on Tueday, 16 September, a bid to extend its reach in a Europe-wide telecom turf war with an offer for Spanish fixed-line operator Jazztel.

17 Sep 2014

SPAIN

Telefonica concludes sale of Irish business

MADRID, SPAIN: Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica says it has completed the sale of its Irish subsidiary to Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa for €850.

17 Jul 2014

SPAIN

Hooked players drive mobile game explosion

MADRID, SPAIN: Fanatical players forking out money to get ahead in games such as Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds are driving explosive growth in the multi-billion dollar mobile gaming business.

19 Feb 2014

SPAIN

Wave a phone and your bill's paid

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Credit card giant Visa announced a global alliance with Samsung to let shoppers make payments by waving their smartphones near a special reader.

27 Feb 2013

SPAIN

MasterPass opens many payment doors

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Credit card giant MasterCard launched a new digital payment system that lets people use a wide variety of devices including smartphones to spend their money.

26 Feb 2013

SPAIN

MasterCard sets sights on the next billion consumers

BARCELONA, SPAIN: MasterCard has continued its mobile payment leadership and outlined its vision on how to reach the next billion consumers through mobile innovation and partnerships. At a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona led by its global head of mobile Mung Ki Woo, MasterCard and leading mobile partners Comviva, Intel, iZettle, Santander and Turkcell unveiled a vision for the future of mobile payments.

8 Mar 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

Europe sees 40% growth in mobile banking through smartphones

LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service which showed that 20 million mobile users across the five leading European markets (UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy), representing 8.5% of mobile subscribers in these markets, accessed their bank account via a mobile phone in March 2011.

27 May 2011

UNITED STATES

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

27 Jan 2011

UNITED STATES

America still the most admired country globally

NEW YORK, US: The United States continues to lead the world in global image, according to GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, a division of GfK Custom Research North America and Simon Anholt, the leading policy advisor.

15 Oct 2010

FRANCE

Youth market ready to use mobiles as wallets

PARIS, FRANCE: Consumers confirm strong interest in using their mobile phone as wallet according to a recent market poll sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent. These findings were uncovered as part of a youth market study exploring the appeal of a mobile wallet service.

29 Sep 2010

JAPAN

Mobile measurement launched in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: comScore, Inc has announced the introduction of its syndicated mobile measurement service, comScore MobiLens, in Japan. MobiLens offers insights into consumers' mobile behaviours, user demographics and device capabilities, to provide a comprehensive picture of the mobile market.

23 Sep 2010

UNITED KINGDOM

Sustained business recovery on the cards as companies look to re-start investment

LONDON, UK: The latest Global Business Outlook Survey from KPMG International suggests that businesses are ready to begin investing again as the healthy optimism recorded earlier in the year holds firm. Overall, business optimism remains static but strong, with India and China leading the way; while UK and Spain are still less confident.

3 Aug 2010

UNITED KINGDOM

European financial services market quiet

LONDON, UK: 2010 so far 'unremarkable' for European FS M&A activity but 'hot beds' of activity are starting to emerge, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.

15 Jun 2010

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