Summit Notebook

More or less fun in a recession? It’s a tough call

By georgina prodhan
May 17, 2010

EA_Jens_Uwe_Intat_SVP_Reuters_Summit_Paris_2010_17_May_30pctStill unsure whether economic recession is good or bad for video-games sales, more than a year in? If so, you’re in good company — neither does the world’s biggest games publisher. Electronic Arts’ head of European publishing says the company still hasn’t figured out whether people cut spending on big items like housing and cars first, or whether those kinds of decisions are just too hard.

Avoiding another financial crisis

March 26, 2010

The Global Exchanges & Trading Summit takes place as lawmakers and regulators craft new rules to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis. The rising chorus for more transparency in capital markets could drive a host of new derivatives to exchanges and clearinghouses, propelling them out of the recession, but growing calls for a clampdown on speculation and automated trading could hit some of the world’s most powerful dealers and investors, undercutting the exchanges that rely on them. High-frequency trading is behind much of the spike in volumes over the last year, but as volatility drops from crisis-era highs, traders of all kinds are forced to reevaluate strategies, and exchanges are maneuvering to attract that business. A couple years after a period of blockbuster mergers, investors wonder whether the heavyweight exchange operators are angling for another round. Join us March 29-31 as we ask some of the biggest players in the industry to share their insights and outlook for the industry at the Reuters Global Exchanges and Trading Summit which will take place in New York, London, Hong Kong.

Recession’s perfect storm speeds up change in ad industry

December 2, 2009

Why is it that the United States’ advertising as a proportion of marketing services is at its lowest point since 1977, maybe even lower than since the Second World War?

“Rich, retired and gone”

September 29, 2009

Veteran insolvency expert Nick Hood gave the restructuring summit a sobering reminder of the shortcomings of corporate finance.

Welcome to the 2009 Reuters Paper and Packaging Summit

August 23, 2009

The global paper industry has struggled for more than six years to claw its way out of a slump, as soft demand and overcapacity have kept prices down, leading to poor earnings, production curtailments and layoffs.

Retail in recession: bottoms, bananas and breeding

June 12, 2009

So, what did we learn from executives in the hard-hit luxury and main street retail sectors this week at the Reuters summits?

Corning CFO and the economist who predicted 8 of the past 4 recessions

May 20, 2009

When this is recession number seven for you, the state of the economy begins to drop into perspective — even if the pain is still real.

Islamic finance just one more crisis victim?

April 13, 2009

It’s not just traditional western banks that are hurting — the recession is hitting Islamic finance hard, too.

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Let them eat steak

March 16, 2009

meatTired of paying high prices for everything from soup to cereal? See your butcher.

Recession? Not at Reckitt, really

March 16, 2009

The recession has hit U.S. consumers, yet Reckitt Benckiser has not felt as much of a pinch.  The maker of Lysol disinfectants and Air Wick air fresheners said shoppers did not shy away from its products even as the overall household products industry felt the impact of pantry destocking, or consumers using up what they had at home rather than buying more products.
   
Rob De Groot, head of the group’s North America and Australia region, told the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago that he did not see a massive consumer destocking.  Click here to hear his comments