U.s. Relations With United Kingdom

United Kingdom, Western Europe Cooldown

Higher Prices and Supply Pinches Though Britain does face a bleak shortfall of energy in the coming years, “consumers are more at risk from higher prices than blackouts,” said Wilf Wilde, executive director of the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University. Indeed, Ofgem was quick to say in its recent assessment that it “does not consider disruption to supplies is imminent or likely, providing the industry manages the problem effectively.” Major industrial electricity users, such as makers of aluminum and fertilizer, might feel a heavier impact. Wilde said that larger power users face a 30 percent chance of losing power within the next few years because many of them have “interruptible contracts,” paying a bit less for power while accepting that power suppliers can cut them off, if necessary. But any blackouts that cause key industries to go dark, even for short periods, could greatly disrupt the U.K. economy and likely inflict lasting damage at the polls for whichever political party is in power. “There would be political implications, none of them very good,” Wilde said. Just how bad the energy gap will be depends in large part on demand. While Britain will be losing significant generation capacity, Ofgem said peak demand has fallen over the past seven years by about 5 gigawatts because of Britain’s sluggish economy, along with improvements in energy efficiency. The electricity and gas company National Grid predicts peak demand should fall by another 3 to 4 gigawatts by the 2018-19 season. If that happens, Ofgem admits that would indeed compensate for the lost generation capacity. But that estimate, it notes, is far larger than National Grid’s previous forecast, and it assumes “a more pessimistic economic outlook.” In other words, the grid operator is banking on the U.K.

United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker Report Q1 2013

The American Revolutionary War ended in 1783, with Great Britain recognizing U.S. independence. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1785. The United States broke relations when it declared war on the United Kingdom during the War of 1812; relations were reestablished in 1815. The United States has no closer ally than the United Kingdom, and British foreign policy emphasizes close coordination with the United States. Bilateral cooperation reflects the common language, ideals, and democratic practices of the two nations. Relations were strengthened by the United Kingdom’s alliance with the United States during both World Wars, in the Korean conflict, in the Persian Gulf War, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in Afghanistan, as well as through its role as a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The United Kingdom and the United States continually consult on foreign policy issues and global problems and share major foreign and security policy objectives. Regarding Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, “Nationalist” and “Republican” groups seek a united Ireland that includes Northern Ireland, while “Unionists” and “Loyalists” want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom. U.S. priorities continue to be supporting the peace process and devolved political institutions in Northern Ireland and encouraging the implementation of the U.S.-brokered 1998 Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, and the 2006 St. Andrews Agreement. U.S.

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Recent days of unseasonable warmth were swept away by a cold front crossing the United Kingdom and western Europe. Not only is cooler air rushing across the region, but periods of rain as well. Thursday was the hottest day of the week in London and the rest of southern England. In fact, it was the warmest September day in London since 2006 as the high reached 29.5 degrees C (85.1 degrees F). After four straight days of high temperatures reaching 26 degrees C (78 degrees F) or greater in London, temperatures are expected to reach only 18 degrees C (65 degrees F) on Friday. The cooldown will also reach France on Friday following several days of temperatures over 31 degrees C (88 degrees F). In fact, some parts of France experienced their warmest September temperatures in almost a decade. The high on Thursday reached a sizzling 33 degrees C (91 degrees F) in Paris, one of the hottest September days in recent years. A cold front brought showers and thunderstorms across France and northern Spain Thursday night into Friday. Some of the thunderstorms contained strong winds and hail near Paris. Behind this frontal boundary cooler air will arrive on Friday leading to highs only near 24 degrees C (75 degrees F).

Finance Mon, Sep 9, 2013, 5:26 AM EDT – U.S. Markets open in 4 hrs 4 mins United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker Report Q1 2013 Press Release: Reportlinker Wed, Sep 4, 2013 2:50 PM EDT NEW YORK, Sept. In the current climate of economic uncertainty and market volatility companies need to know about more than just data. This report provides a complete overview of all commercial beverage consumption trends, latest market developments and an economic mood indicator What is the current market landscape and what is changing? GDP growth is flat with interest rates remaining low. Confidence levels are uncertain with prices rising slightly. What are the key drivers behind recent market changes? The poor weather helped volume sales of coffee and impacted soft drinks What makes this report unique and essential to read? Designed for clients who want to understand the latest trends in the United Kingdom beverage industry and want more detail and analysis on this data. Canadean’s United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker report is ideal for benchmarking total market vs retail audit data and is an essential tool for keeping up-to-date with the latest industry and market developments Key Features and Benefits Readers are provided with a Summary snap shot table showing category growth in Q1 2013vsQ1 2012, together with 2012actual volumes, 2013 forecast volumes and projected growth An economic mood indicator, completed by Canadean’s local consultant, examines (on a scale of one to five) whether confidence levels in the industry are better or worse than the previous quarter, whether net prices are rising or falling and how Private Label products have performed versus the rest of the market. Selected retail pricing data is given for the most recent quarter and the previous four quarters, enabling analysis of price movements. Key highlights of the last quarter’s commercial beverage performance are identified and the key market drivers examined Volumes for Q1 2013vs Q1 2012, full year 2012, moving annual totals (MAT) and 2013 forecasts are provided for each individual beverage category, together with supporting text on quarterly performance and forecast assumptions. More granular data is provided for the Carbonates category, with data split by regular vs low calorie, and by key flavours.