United Kingdom

Fitch Downgrades United Kingdom to ‘AA+’; Outlook Stable

It provides the latest retail sales data in volume terms 2008-2012, allowing you to identify the sectors driving growth. It offers strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market be they new product developments, consumption patterns and distribution data. Forecasts to 2017 illustrate how the market is set to change. Cmpplete report available @ http://www.rnrmarketresearch.com/fresh-food-in-the-united-kingdom-market-report.html . Fresh food posted little to no growth in 2012 as the economy showed little signs of recovery. Some fresh food products prospered in 2012, as consumers looked to them as a cheaper source of nutrition and energy available in more expensive foodstuffs bought in non-recessionary times, although staple products, such as potatoes and most vegetables, either declined or showed minimal growth. Product coverage: Eggs, Fish and Seafood, Fruits, Meat, Nuts, Pulses, Starchy Roots, Sugar and Sweeteners, Vegetables. Data coverage: market sizes (historic and forecasts), company shares, brand shares and distribution data. Why buy this report? – Get a detailed picture of the Fresh Food market; – Pinpoint growth sectors and identify factors driving change; – Understand the competitive environment, the markets major players and leading brands; – Use five-year forecasts to assess how the market is predicted to develop. Purcahse a report copy @ http://www.rnrmarketresearch.com/contacts/purchase?rname=110823 . About RnRMarketResearch.com: RnRMarketResearch.com is an online market research reports library of 250,000+ in-depth studies of over 5000 micro markets.

Time for Iran statements to be matched with action: UK’s Hague September 23, 2013 11:13 PM British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday welcomed recent statements from Iran’s new government that it wants to improve relations with the West and ease concerns about its nuclear program but said words alone would not be enough. U.K.s Brown to make appeal for Syrian children September 24, 2013 12:35 AM Former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown plans to make an international appeal for $500 million to help Syrian children attend school in Lebanon, according to a new report. Tesco joins tablet computer market September 23, 2013 04:25 PM Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco unveils its first tablet computer, as the supermarket chain seeks to boost flagging sales in its domestic market. US singer Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” tops British singles chart By William James, Belinda Goldsmith | September 23, 2013 11:05 AM American R&B singer Jason Derulo notched up his third British number one single on Sunday with “Talk Dirty”, ending U.S. singer Katy Perry’s two-week run in the No. 1 slot, sales figures showed. British Labour leader under fire as conference kicks off September 22, 2013 02:00 PM Britain’s main opposition Labour party kicks off its annual conference with leader Ed Miliband under pressure amid sliding poll ratings 18 months before a general election. U.K. eases travel warning after threat of strikes dissipates September 19, 2013 12:20 AM The United Kingdom has relaxed its recently tightened travel advice to Lebanon and is now only advising against visiting some areas in the country, a statement from the embassy said Wednesday. UK eases travel advice for Lebanon September 18, 2013 04:47 PM (Last Updated: 18/09/2013 06:33 PM) The United Kingdom is relaxing its recently tightened travel advice to Lebanon and is now only advising against travel to some areas in the country. Gang held over “audacious plot” to take over Santander UK computers September 13, 2013 02:22 PM British police said on Friday they had smashed an “audacious” and sophisticated plot to take control of the bank Santander UK’s computer systems and steal millions of pounds. Britain’s Cameron retaliates in Barroso eurosceptic row By Peter Griffiths | September 12, 2013 10:30 PM Prime Minister David Cameron struck back at European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday for suggesting Britain’s ruling Conservatives had copied a right-wing rival’s eurosceptic policies and would be punished at the polls. UK’s Cameron pushes U.N.

The British broadcaster BBC is yet to determine the method and mechanism it will use to select its 2014 Eurovision Song Contest entry and representative. Further details regarding UK’s 2014 Eurovision plans will be released in due course. In 2013 Bonnie Tyler was selected to represent the United Kingdom via an internal selection with her entry Believe in me. The United Kingdom debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and has won the event a total of 5 times (1967, 1969, 1976,19881 and 1997). The UK also holds the record of being the country with the most 2nd places in the contest , achieving the runner up position a total of 15 times. We must not forget that the United Kingdom also holds the record of hosting the contest a total of 8 times: London 1960, 1963, 1968, 1977, Edinburgh 1972, Brighton 1974, Harrogate 1982 and Birmingham 1998. The UK has only missed one contest since their debut in 1957, notably the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. The Brits have been competing in Europe’s favourite television show religiously every year since 1959. Sweden, Denmark , Finland , Norway, France, Albania , Iceland, Ireland, San Marino, Georgia , Switzerland, The Netherlands, Estonia , Malta, Russia, Germany, Austria , FYR Macedonia , Montenegro, Belgium , Spain ,United Kingdom and Latvia have all confirmed their participation at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest next year in Denmark . Whilst Italy, Belarus , Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia have said they will most likely be in the competition. Who will follow into Bonnie Tyler’s footsteps and represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest? Stay tuned to Esctoday.com for the latest information.

Eurovision 2014: United Kingdom confirms participation

– The international reserve currency status of sterling and the ability and willingness of the Bank of England to intervene in the UK government debt market largely eliminates the risk of a self-fulfilling fiscal financing crisis. – The gradual improvement in the UK banking sector’s capital and liquidity position has further reduced contingent liabilities arising from this sector. The UK’s ‘AA+’ rating is underpinned by its high-income, diversified and flexible economy as well as a high degree of political and social stability. The monetary policy framework as well as sterling’s international reserve currency status afford the UK a high degree of financial and economic policy flexibility. Strong civil and policy institutions and a high degree of transparency enhance the predictability of the business and economic policy environment that compares favourably with peers in the ‘AA’ category. Weak economic performance and growth prospects, relatively high levels of private and foreign as well as public debt, along with sizeable twin fiscal and current account deficits, are weaknesses relative to rating peers. RATING SENSITIVITIES The Stable Outlook indicates a less than 50% chance of a change in the UK sovereign ratings over the next two years. The main factors that could lead to a negative rating action, individually or collectively, are: – Failure to stabilise the government debt to GDP ratio over the medium term. – Increased threat to macro-financial stability, for example arising from an intensification of the eurozone crisis or an erosion of confidence in the UK’s policy commitment to price stability. The main factors that could lead to a positive rating action, individually or collectively, are: – Stronger economic recovery and rebalancing of the UK economy than currently forecast. – Government budget deficits and debt declining at a faster pace than currently projected so that GGGD is on a sustainable path towards 90% of GDP and below. KEY ASSUMPTIONS A key assumption underpinning Fitch’s medium-term fiscal projections reflected in the ‘AA+’ rating and Stable Outlook is that the growth potential of the UK economy is around 2%-2.25% pa. This assumption is based on the UK’s labour market and demographic outlook and expectation that labour productivity will revert to its long-run trend of around 2% pa. In the event that productivity and hence economic growth is permanently lower than its long-run historical average prior to the financial crisis, the fiscal outlook would be materially worse than currently assessed with adverse implications for the UK’s sovereign credit profile and ratings.Global Economic Outlook – AmendedAdditional Disclosure Solicitation StatusALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS.