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Emerging market retail priorities

Against a backdrop of accelerating modern retail globalization, India retained its position as the world’s most attractive emerging market, according the 2006 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), an annual study of retail investment attractiveness among 30 emerging markets. The study also found Asia has overtaken Eastern Europe as the dominant region for global retail expansion.

World Development Indicators 2006

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World Development Indicators (WDI) publication is the World Bank's annual compilation of data about development. The newly-released 2006 edition includes more than 900 indicators in over 80 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.


Corporate social irresponsibility reporting

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War On Want has released the latest in a series of reports to compare corporate social responsibility rhetoric with investigated company practices. In Coca-Cola: the Alternative Report there are some important charges made, although many of the allegations have been reported before, and it is hard to see the call for a boycott of Coke products gaining momentum. The result is a publication no more balanced than a rose-tinted CSR report.

How bad is inflation in Zimbabwe?

Very bad.

Toilet paper costs $417. No, not per roll. Four hundred seventeen Zimbabwean dollars is the value of a single two-ply sheet. A roll costs $145,750 — in American currency, about 69 cents...

By March [2006], inflation had touched 914 percent a year, at which rate prices would rise more than tenfold in 12 months. Experts agree that quadruple-digit inflation is now a certainty...