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Showing posts from February, 2016 selects Birst's Cloud BI platform for data integration from all its brands and apps

Birst's Cloud BI is the 'flexible, agile platform' that can keep pace with our aims, claims Zoopla's Stephen Morana

Zoopla Property Group, which owns the British property website, has selected business intelligence provider Birst's cloud platform in a bid to bring together its sales, marketing and operations data.

Birst said that its Cloud BI platform will be used to integrate data from the property group's CRM system, marketing automation, web analytics and social platforms, as well as data from across the group's online property brands. 

These include Zoopla, PrimeLocation and HomesOverseas. In the process, the company hopes that it can improve its marketing campaigns by targeting the right audience more efficiently.

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Morana added that Birst had been chosen to support the group's plans based on its requirements for a "flexible, agile BI platform that will keep pace with our aims".

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Good News UK mortgage approvals hit two-year high BoE

British mortgage approvals hit a two-year high in January and consumer credit expanded at the fastest pace in a decade, according to Bank of England data that is likely to add to the case for a tightening of lending requirements by the central bank. Mortgage approvals for house purchases numbered 74,581 in January from 71,335 in December.  Consumer credit grew by 9.1 percent year-on-year in January, picking up speed from December to hit its fastest pace since January 2006. Britain's economic recovery is still heavily reliant on spending by households many of which have been buoyed by strong growth in the value of their homes. The Bank of England has said it may raise the amount of money banks are required to put aside to cover their lending as the economy continues its recovery from the financial crisis. Some debt charities have also expressed concern about the pace at which consumers are taking on credit. The number of mortgage approvals rose throughout most of 2015, following a…

Morrisons Super Markets signs deal to sell food to Amazon online customers

Morrisons will supply groceries to Amazon customers in the UK under a new deal with the US online giant. The supermarket said it will supply products for the Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry services. Amazon Pantry was launched in the UK last year, escalating competition with the big four supermarkets, but did not offer fresh food. Under the new deal, Morrisons will supply fresh, frozen and non-perishable goods to Amazon customers. The expanded Amazon service will be available later this year. Introducing Amazon Prime Pantry
Analysts at Shore Capital said there was "strategic merit" in Morrisons exploring a commercial tie-up with Amazon. Ocado has a 25-year agreement with Morrisons to run the supermarket's online delivery service. The supermarket also said it will expand the geographical coverage of by taking space in Ocado's distribution centre in Erith, southeast London. However, Morrisons said of the Erith deal: "This amended agreement is subject to de…

Speech given by Sarah Cardell, CMA General Counsel, at the IBC UK Competition Law Conference 2016 in London.

Speech given by Sarah Cardell, CMA General Counsel, at the IBC UK Competition Law Conference 2016 in London.

Two years on: a view from the CMAAlmost exactly 2 years ago I spoke at this conference, presenting on ‘The Dawn of the CMA’. Two years on, it seems an appropriate juncture to reflect on what we have achieved so far and to address some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Given the profile of this conference I will focus on our competition work. But of course the CMA continues to be active in other areas too – notably regulatory appeals and consumer law enforcement. In considering the progress of the CMA almost 2 years on, I will therefore focus on 3 main aspects: First, to provide an overview of the CMA’s priorities, especially our focus on stepping up the speed of our work without compromising fairness or rigour. I will highlight how this is reflected in the work we have been doing as well as some thoughts on the challenges this brings.Then, to reflect on some lea…