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    IBISWorld Sector Analysis: Utilities

    IBISWorld Sector Analysis: Utilities

    The utilities sector in the United States is experiencing a fundamental shift. While overall electricity consumption has slowed, new market pressures for energy efficiency technology, grid reliability and distributed power systems have emerged. In light of ongoing public and political discourse regarding the seriousness of climate change, renewable sources such as wind and solar have […]

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    Wood Pulp & Paper Prices Continue to Rise

    Wood Pulp & Paper Prices Continue to Rise

    In 2015, global wood pulp prices climbed past the previous peak from 2011, which was the highest price point in more than 30 years. Unfortunately for manufacturers that rely on the material as an input, especially paper-based packaging manufacturers, higher wood pulp prices have been increasing their production costs. According to IBISWorld, the price of […]

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    Head Over Heels: Valentine’s Day Spending to Jump 2.6%

    Head Over Heels: Valentine’s Day Spending to Jump 2.6%

    As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, consumers will feel Cupid’s arrow hit both their heart strings and their purse strings. Although many argue that money cannot buy love, this year, the average Valentine’s Day-celebrating consumer is expected to shell out $150.33 for the special day. With heightened consumer confidence levels and rising incomes, US consumers are […]

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    Microbeads Ban May Heighten Competition

    Microbeads Ban May Heighten Competition

    Overview In a new-year effort to support the environment, President Obama passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. The act was signed into law on December 28th and bans rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. Manufacturers have until July 2017 to shift production, and the full ban will come into place beginning January 2018. Sizing in […]

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    Six Industries Primed for M&A Activity in 2016

    Six Industries Primed for M&A Activity in 2016

    At a nominal level, the dollar value of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in 2015 is set to be the highest ever recorded globally. In the United States, amidst an improving economy, the easy access to low-cost debt and a general push toward more efficient, and hence, more profitable operations have been cited as contributors […]

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    Landmark Climate-Change Agreement and the Public Sector

    Landmark Climate-Change Agreement and the Public Sector

    Depending on whom you ask, December 12, 2015 was either one of the most important days in history, or the beginning of endless headaches and woe. On this day in Paris, a gathering of representatives from 195 nations adopted the Paris Agreement, one of the most comprehensive agreements regarding climate change ever passed. Though environmentalists […]