Diesel fashion

The Audi A10’s win at this year’s Le Mans 24 hour endurancerace was the most significant victory yet for a diesel-powered car in a majorracing event. Moreover, not only did the Audi win, but it was also thecleanest and quietest car in the race. Diesels are also enjoying success offthe track. Underpinned by lower running costs, diesel cars’ popularity in Europeis now such that they are expected to out-sell new petrol cars during 2006.

Turn up the volume

There has been a trend towards volumebuilders over the last decade – an increased number of larger firms expandingmarket share at the expense of small building companies.  A similar trend hasbeen evident in other areas of business – supermarkets and department stores,for example.  We believe the trend towards volume builders has further to go,with tighter regulations and the desire to keep building costs down both factorsthat will give larger players an advantage over their smaller rivals.

Where is the growth coming from?

Enthusiasm, for what many glibly refer to as the knowledge or information economy suggests that is where future growth will emerge from. But what, in concrete terms, constitutes the knowledge/information economy? Telecommunications, media and computing business are those directly involved with the delivery and manipulation of information and constitute the backbone of the emerging information/knowledge economy. These businesses or sectors have been the standout performers in terms of growth most developed economies over the past decade. But will these technology-laden darlings of the sharemarket live up to their hype by continuing to outpace all other sectors in the economy over the next decade? We suspect they will.