Posted by Dale Buss on March 1, 2012 09:02 AM
Activision Blizzard to cut 600 game-making jobs.
Apple helps Nasdaq hit milestone.
Audi expects flat profit, citing uncertainties.
BYD suffers from pressures in Chinese auto and solar industries.
Buick touts technology in new Veron compact sedan.
Chevron talks with Russia about Arctic exploration.
Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Subway top customer experience ranking.
Chrysler sales rise post-Super Bowl.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 25, 2012 09:01 AM
Apple's blockbuster quarter puts iPhone ahead of Google smartphones in the U.S.
Brinker International expands value strategy at Chili's.
Christian Louboutin makes the IP case for its red-soled shoes.
Davos kicks off with worries about eurozone crisis.
Del Frisco's Restaurant plans IPO.
Fiat launches ad for new Panda into Italian austerity zeitgeist.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 7, 2011 01:31 PM
If a Jaguar growls in the automotive jungle, will anyone notice? That's the challenge faced by the venerable ultra-luxury brand as it attempts to become globally relevant again after a few years "away" — and as its competitors largely have stepped up their games.
India's Tata industrial conglomerate picked up Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008 as Ford was disassembling its stable of European luxury brands, and Tata automotive executives have gradualy been restoring some of the luster to the two fabled marques since then. The combined Land Rover Jaguar North American sales rose by 17 percent in November over a year earlier, and were up by 10 percent year to date. Jaguar finally began national advertising in TV in the U.S. last spring.
But a new campaign that kicked off last week, created by Jaguar's new global ad agency of record, Los Angeles-based Spark44, represents Jaguar's most robust attempt yet at returning forcefully to the American luxury-market conversation. Over the last three years, high-end competition from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and others has grown, while shaky global finances have kept even the best-heeled car shoppers a bit off balance.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 19, 2011 08:55 AM
Apple reports China as its second-largest market by sales after US. Apple stores will close for a few hours today for an employees-only memorial webcast celebrating Steve Jobs' life.
Amazon's IMDb sued for disclosing actress' real age, while digital deal with DC Comics irks rivals.
Audi-Ford price gap is widest since 1999.
Bank of America is no longer America's largest bank.
Deezer to launch music streaming service in more than 100 countries.
Diageo triumphs in alcohol brand battle.
Disney battles environmentalists at parks, while fans crash website in search of princess dolls.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 11, 2011 09:01 AM
Apple seeks Qualcomm patent documents to shore up Samsung legal defense, as Apple sets date for employee celebration of Steve Jobs' life.
BMW expands luxury-car sales lead globally.
Cinemark chain threatens not to show Tower Heist over Universal's video-on-demand window.
Cosi battle with shareholder escalates.
Diageo nods to Brazil's growing might with new Johnnie Walker campaign.
Dollar Thrifty takes itself off the market.
General Mills says its can cut only so much sugar out of cereals.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2011 08:59 AM
Netflix abruptly abandons plans to rent DVDs and kills Qwikster brand before it launches.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announces he will step down in 2015.
American Apparel finds new fans in Europe.
Apple iPhone pre-sale orders sell out, while overall iPhone sales may not be so rosy.
Chrysler plans to pare minivan offerings as part of brand rationalization and product-portfolio streamlining as the company winds up talks with UAW.
Conde Nast to develop video and online content.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 29, 2011 12:01 PM
It took Korean brands Hyundai and Kia 15 years to attain their current levels of market acceptance among American auto buyers. If the Chinese and Indian auto brands now entering the U.S auto market don't want to wait until 2025 to pick up significant shares, they need to pick up the pace of their product and brand penetration.
According to a new study by GfK, only one-third of American vehicle buyers are willing to consider Indian and Chinese auto manufacturers, compared to 95 percent who are willing to consider U.S. manufacturers. Potential Chinese and Indian brand invaders face considerable skepticism from consumers about quality. Of course, Korean brands were able to overcome a reputation for poor quality, which initially dogged Hyundai when it entered the United States in the late 80's and 90s. The Korean brand addressed this with a trail-blazing 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and American consumers' perception of Hyundai's quality has climbed steadily in recent years. But it's no sure bet that any auto brand can turn around its quality story if things begin badly: Exhibit No. 1 in this regard is Yugo, which briefly flashed across the American landscape a quarter-century ago. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 27, 2011 09:00 AM
Aetna rises despite drop in demand for medical care.
Boeing beats estimates, boosts outlook.
Borders woes parsed in post-mortems.
Delta Airlines cuts capacity on rising fuel costs.
Disney and Marvel team for Captain America game, while Disney looks to shore up Bollywood business with UTV ownership.
Dow Chemical quarterly profit up 74%.
Dunkin' Brands CEO says IPO a byproduct of "unbelievable buzz."Continue reading...