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Samsung becomes biggest 4G smartphone vendor in India: IDC

Samsung Becomes Biggest 4G Smartphone Vendor In India: IDCNEW DELHI: Korean handset major Samsung has emerged as the biggest 4G player in India with its popular sub $150 LTE models, piping Chinese vendor Lenovo, even as 4G-enabled devices witnessed almost a three-fold sequential increase in unit shipments in the third quarter of 2015, according to market research firm IDC.

During the quarter, Samsung consolidated its lead in the smartphone segment, clocking a 13.1% sequential growth, taking its smartphone share to 24%, IDC said. The volume growth for Smasung was primarily contributed by the LTE based smartphones such as Galaxy Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy J and Galaxy A series which mostly moved through the retail channels, although Samsung also had some e-tailer focused phones such as Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7. Home-bred vendor Micromax retained the second position in the quarter with a 6.4% sequential growth, taking its share to 16.7%. IDC said that Micromax’s YU Phones have been performing well and are leading contributors to Micromax’s 4G portfolio. However, YU faces strong competition from Chinese players in the online segment. Intex has secured the third position with 9.4% growth, taking the share to 10.8% in the quarter. The vendor has witnessed sharp rise in shipments in sub $50 segment and also entry level 3G enabled devices. Lenovo, as a group (Lenovo & Motorola), moved up to fourth place in the quarter owing to a strong 58.6% sequential growth. Lenovo group captured 9.5% of the smartphone market driven mainly by Lenovo’s K3 note, A6000 plus and Moto G 3rd Gen.

Lava slipped to fifth place with a sequential drop of 2% in their vendor share over Q2 2015. Lava shipments dropped 24.9% sequentially, coming off from a healthy second quarter. While its Xolo series continues to slide down, Lava has also not moved fast enough to capitalize on the fast growing 4G market or diversified their channel strategy in favor of online channels, IDC said. During the quarter, 28.3 million smartphones were shipped to India in the third quarter of 2015 – up 21.4% from 23.3 million units for the same period last year. “The growth in the smartphone market was helped by rising demand for affordable 4G smartphones. e-tailers continue to drive shipments of the Chinese vendors, who have been aggressively trying to capture the 4G smartphone market in India,” Karthik J, Senior Market Analyst, Client devices at IDC said.

“The closing weeks of the quarter witnessed incremental supplies as many vendors were preparing their channels in lieu of the festive season and online mega sale programs,” he added. According to him, 4G-enabled devices are expected to be at the forefront, with the entire ecosystem preparing for this shift in the near future. Jaipal Singh, Market Analyst, Client Devices said that most of the popular models in the market today support 4G and have a large screen, and attractively priced at less than $200. “Almost one out of every two smartphones sold, had 5″ plus displays,” Singh added. IDC expects the share of smartphone to outstrip the share of feature phone market in CY 2016 for India.

It also expects smartphones to maintain a healthy double-digit growth over the next few years.

Care funding postcode lottery revealed

16 October 2015

Care Funding Postcode Lottery Revealed

Which? research has revealed huge variations in the standard weekly fee that local authorities will pay for residential care.

We submitted freedom of information (FOI) requests to 180 local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and found that the amount you get could be halved, depending on where you live. Generally, authorities in London and the south of England gave the highest rates, while the lowest were in the north of England. However, areas that are close to each other can vary widely in care funding, too. In Greater London, we found a difference of 138 for the standard weekly rate for residential care between neighbouring boroughs Bromley ( 555) and Croydon ( 417).

Local authority care funding

Our research shows around a third (36%) of councils have a maximum standard rate of 434 for personal care, with more than half (53%) giving a maximum of 435 to 539. One in 10 (11%) councils gave a maximum of more than 540. The highest rate we found was Lewisham s maximum of 768, while Blackburn and Darwen gave us a maximum rate of 357.

Local authority maximum standard weekly rates for residential care Local authority Maximum Weekly rate ( ) Top 51 Lewisham London Borough Council 768 Wiltshire County Council 709 Wandsworth London Borough Council 590 Caerphilly County Borough Council 573 Hackney London Borough Council 566 Bottom 5 Cheshire West & Chester Council 373 Coventry City Council 371 Southampton City Council 369 Sheffield City Council 363 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 357

Table notes
1 Some authorities gave us a higher average weekly rate where no standard weekly figure applies. Reading Borough Council (700), Camden London Borough Council (649), Sutton London Borough Council (639), Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council (629), Buckinghamshire County Council (624).

Self-funding costs more

Living in a care home can cost up to 1,000 per week and half of residents have part or all of their fees paid by the local authority. Many people top up this contribution themselves, and could face potentially high bills in areas where the local authority pays a lower proportion of the full costs. We found big differences between the standard rate some councils pay and what the cost would be if you were paying for care yourself, also known as self-funding. In Exeter, for example, the council pays 442 to 471 a week, while the fees we found for self-funders (based on a range of typical self-funder rates taken from those given in the online directory were 300 to 1,200. The variation in costs is partly down to local costs such as wages and property, and partly about individual councils negotiating costs with care homes when they bulk-purchase.

Elderly care help from Which?

Which? Elderly Care1 is a free website offering practical information and advice about arranging care in the UK, and includes financing options. The site allows you to filter information and care services so you see only what’s relevant to your situation and your postcode.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: ‘Understanding the options available for long-term care can be a minefield, particularly with such huge variations in the funding available. People looking to make difficult decisions about care should use free, independent sources of advice, like Which?, to help them find the information that s relevant to their situation.’

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Estée Lauder pokes fun at mobile phone addiction in Kendall …£

Estée Lauder Pokes Fun At Mobile Phone Addiction In Kendall ...£

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Beauty marketer Est e Lauder is showcasing the lasting effects of its new Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact with a campaign that paints the product as the life of the party.

Party Zombies is a humorous short film that centers on model Kendall Jenner s antisocial house party that could use a boost. This effort from Est e Lauder continues the brand s outreach to the millennial generation by making a relatable statement about the dependency on and connection to mobile devices.

Connected world
At the beginning of the 30-second spot, Ms. Jenner enthusiastically greets her friend at the door. After they hug, the camera quickly cuts to the two of them sitting on the couch staring at their phones, not talking to each other. This pattern continues, with party attendees gathering in their best attire to text and post to social media together.

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All of a sudden, the party goers begin to lose battery power, their phones turning off almost in unison. Ms. Jenner opens her compact, and a sound effect revs up as the party atmosphere escalates as well.

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Ms. Jenner was chosen as an ambassador for Est e Lauder partly due to her social media prowess.

Beauty marketer Est e Lauder has signed reality television star-turned high fashion model Ms. Jenner as its latest face in November of last year. In addition to appearing in ads across print, television and digital, Ms. Jenner will create branded social media content for her own channels and Est e Lauder s. As a breakout star in fashion, Ms. Jenner s ads will likely draw attention from younger consumers (see story1).

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News Review: Leucadia National Corp.(NYSE:LUK), PPG Industries, (NYSE:PPG … – wsnewspublishers

On Friday, Leucadia National Corp. (NYSE:LUK)’s shares declined -2.96% to $20.32.

Leucadia National Corporation (LUK) declared its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2015.

Adjusted net income attributable to Leucadia National Corporation common shareholders, which excludes the operating results of Jefferies’ Bache business, was $42.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the second quarter, and $430.1 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2015.

Counting the results of the Bache business, net income attributable to Leucadia National Corporation common shareholders was $16.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the second quarter, and $397.2 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2015.

Financial Services Businesses

Jefferies stated strong second quarter revenues, with investment banking revenues in excess of $400 million, an enhance of 49% contrast to this year’s first quarter and 22% as compared to the second quarter last year.

Equity net revenues were also strong, and Fixed income net revenues, not taking into account Bache, reflected a 56% enhance over the slow first quarter.

In April, Jefferies agreed with Societe General S.A. to transfer certain of the client activities of its Bache business. During the second quarter, Jefferies transferred about 50% of Bache’s client accounts to Societe General S.A.

and other brokers, and anticipates to be substantially complete by the end of the summer.

We continued to experience good progress in the development of our various asset administration platforms. Launched in March 2015, Folger Hill continued to grow assets under administration and add quality portfolio managers, and is now poised to fully implement its investment strategy. Despite choppy markets due to developments in China and Greece, Topwater extended its streak of positive months to 20, showcasing the value of its first-loss model.

Mazama also performed well, particularly relative to its peers, and has seen some traction in its fundraising efforts.

The Planned Investment Division, with its flagship Structured Alpha fund, produced positive results in the first half and is considering ways to expand its suite of systematic trading strategies.

Leucadia National Corporation, through its partner, Jefferies Group LLC, primarily operates in the investment banking and capital markets sector.

Leucadia National Corporation also owns and holds investments in various other businesses, counting beef processing, manufacturing, energy projects, asset administration, and real estate.

It offers equities research, sales, and trading services; financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services; wealth administration services; fixed income sales and trading services; futures, foreign exchange, and commodities trading services; and equity and debt capital markets services, in addition to provides mergers and acquisition, and restructuring and recapitalization services in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG)’s shares dropped -0.71% to $93.31.

PPG Industries (PPG) held a meeting for securities analysts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The meeting comprised of presentations by Michael McGarry, PPG president and chief operating officer; and Marcos Achar Levy, PPG vice president, architectural coatings, Latin America, and chief executive officer, PPG-Comex.

During the meeting, PPG reviewed details of PPG-Comex Mexican operations, offered information about the growth of the Mexican economy and PPG-Comex, and toured PPG-Comex concessionaire locations.

The company indicated during the meeting it anticipates cost synergies associated with the Comex acquisition to be $45 million to $50 million by the end of 2016, up from the company’s previous guidance of $30 million to $40 million.

PPG also issued new acquisition-related revenue synergy targets for the PPG-Comex acquisition. The company anticipates to generate $40 million to $50 million in revenue within two years from sales of legacy PPG products through the PPG-Comex distribution network. PPG set a separate revenue target of $60 million to $70 million within five years for incremental coatings sales in Central America.

PPG had formerly issued no incremental revenue guidance regarding Comex.

PPG Industries, Inc.

manufactures and distributes coatings, specialty materials, and glass products.

The company’s Performance Coatings segment provides coatings products for automotive and commercial transport/fleet repair and refurbishing; light industrial and specialty coatings for signs; sealants, coatings, maintenance cleaners, and transparencies for commercial, military, regional jet and general aviation aircraft, and transparent armor for specialty applications; and chemical administration services.

At the end of Friday’s trade, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF)‘s shares surged 0.25% to $20.45.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) stated that on August 20, 2015, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., payable on September 9, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 1, 2015.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its auxiliaries, operates as a specialty retailer of apparel for men, women, and kids. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer.

It sells various products, such as casual sportswear apparel comprising knit and woven shirts, graphic T-shirts, fleece, jeans and woven pants, shorts, sweaters, and outerwear; personal care products; and accessories for men, women, and kids under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, and Hollister brand names.

Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR), ended its Friday’s trading session with -3.69% loss, and closed at $42.27.

Avis Car Rental in Taiwan declares its new ‘Audi Fleet Prestige Rental Service’, offering customers premium vehicles, quality interiors, comfortable space and Audi’s proprietary quattro® intelligent permanent four wheel drive system technology.

The service also comprises a first class limousine service for business executives and VIPs in top of the range Audi A8 models.

The new service was unveiled at a special reception at Audi Neihu Showroom in Taipei on July 15, 2015.

Avis Taiwan and Audi Taiwan have collaborated to provide new Audi models for leisure and business travelers backed by premium service and convenient locations at airports and metropolitan areas across the country.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its auxiliaries, provides car and truck rentals, car sharing, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide.

The company has three segments: North America, International, and Truck Rental.

It operates the Avis car rental system with about 5,450 locations, that supply rental cars to the premium commercial and leisure segments of the travel industry; the Budget vehicle rental system with about 3,500 car rental locations, which serve the value-conscious segments of the industry; and Zipcar, a membership-based car sharing network that provides vehicles to about 915,000 members.


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Amazon Independence Day Offers in India – Loop 21 (press release) (blog)

Amazon Independence Day Sale Offers

Amazon India has came up with excellent deals as Independence day sales. Amazon offering a great discount sale on 10th,11th, 12th August 2015.’ Amazon Freedom Sale’ will be available for 3 days especially for India. There are no hidden charges and shipping charges on these deals.

Many items like electronic goods, books, cloths, laptops,  mobile phones, home and kitchen appliances the offers were accessible on Amazon products.

Amazon Independence Day Deals 2015 from 10th to 12th August.


Amazon Offers on Electronic Items

Amazon offering special discount sale in India for all electronic goods, mobiles, laptops, tablets etc.

Mobile phones

Get upto 40% discount on various mobiles.  Many of the mobile brands were including in this series.  There is also an interesting offer of 10% discount and also 15% cash back on HDFC debit/ credit cards.


Amazon deals on laptops were also offering upto 20% mega discount on all varieties of laptops.

You can have great deals also on exchange of laptops.

If you are waiting to own a laptop of your favourite model, you can grab this offer.


Amazon India offering upto 15% discount on Tablets.

Many of the latest tablets were also included in this series.

If you are waiting to buy a tablet at cheaper price you can hurry!!

Amazon Independence Discount Sale on  Books

Many of the books are available in Amazon independence day discount sale.

Get upto 20% discount on various books.

Amazon Discount Sale on Home & Kitchen Appliances

Home items and kitchen appliances are getting upto 50% on sale discount.

Amazing discount on Clothing Range

Get up to 30% discount on various kinds of brands.

Amazon discount on  Footwear

On various brands of footwear Amazon India offering upto 70% discount.

People looking to but various footwear can avail this discount offer.

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