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Dynamic Pricing Support Systems For Diy Retailers - A Case Study From Austria, Martin Natter, Thomas K. Reutterer, Andreas Mild Jan 2009

Dynamic Pricing Support Systems For Diy Retailers - A Case Study From Austria, Martin Natter, Thomas K. Reutterer, Andreas Mild

Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)

Merchandise managers have long dreamt of automated dynamic systems to help them make well-informed pricing decisions. However, such systems have proved as elusive as the Holy Grail - until now, that is. The story of an Austrian DIY retailer shows often undetected opportunities to use valuable information, hidden in retailers' data warehouses, on consumer reactions to previous price changes in order to make automatic pricing and promotion decisions.


Stroke And Plasma Markers Of Milk Fat Intake - A Prospective Nested Case-Control Study, Bengt Vessby, Eva M. Warensjo, Goran Hallmans, Lars Weinehall, Ingegerd Johansson, Birgitta Stegmayr, Annika Smedman Jan 2009

Stroke And Plasma Markers Of Milk Fat Intake - A Prospective Nested Case-Control Study, Bengt Vessby, Eva M. Warensjo, Goran Hallmans, Lars Weinehall, Ingegerd Johansson, Birgitta Stegmayr, Annika Smedman

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences - Papers (Archive)

Background

Dairy products are high in saturated fat and are traditionally a risk factor for vascular diseases. The fatty acids 15:0 and 17:0 of plasma lipids are biomarkers of milk fat intake. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the risk of a first-ever stroke in relation to the plasma milk fat biomarkers.

Methods

A prospective case-control study was nested within two population based health surveys in Northern Sweden. Among 129 stroke cases and 257 matched controls, plasma samples for fatty acid analyses were available in 108 cases and 216 control subjects. Proportions of 15:0 ...


Analysing The Asymmetric Effects Of Inflation On Real Investment: The Case Of Iran, Abbas Valadkhani, Amin Reza Kamalian, Mosayeb Pahlavani Jan 2009

Analysing The Asymmetric Effects Of Inflation On Real Investment: The Case Of Iran, Abbas Valadkhani, Amin Reza Kamalian, Mosayeb Pahlavani

Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)

Using a threshold regression model and annual data (1960-2008), this paper examines thedeterminants of investment in Iran. We found that real GDP, the trade openness indexand inflation can influence investment. However, the effect of inflation on investmentfollows an asymmetry adjustment process. The threshold value for the rate of inflationhas endogenously been estimated to be at 11.9 per cent. If the annual rate of inflationexceeds this threshold, it will have a negative impact on investment. But, if inflationremains below this rate, not only the negative effect fades away but also rising prices canboost investment.


Hongkong And Shanghai Bank And The Foochow Loan: A Case For Dual Identities, Freda Hui, Kathleen M. Rudkin Jan 2009

Hongkong And Shanghai Bank And The Foochow Loan: A Case For Dual Identities, Freda Hui, Kathleen M. Rudkin

Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)

Purpose Accounting practices of Hongkong and Shanghai Bank from 1865 to 1876 fostered dual identities of the bank for the west and the east. Hongkong and Shanghai Bank used these identities to act opportunistically in commercial dealings with the British colonial administration of Hong Kong, the public of the Scotland and Britain, and the Emperor of China and his government. This paper argues the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank varied its financial reporting practices to manage its identities in different cultural constituencies, and to enable a unique identity to emerge.

Design / Methodology / Approach The approach taken is to use the example ...


Predicting Online Travel Purchases: The Case Of Switzerland, Christian Laesser Jan 2009

Predicting Online Travel Purchases: The Case Of Switzerland, Christian Laesser

Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)

This paper examines why and under what conditions prospective travellers complete theirbookings through online services compared to other methods. The study is based on a representativesurvey within 1,898 Swiss households. The results show that the likelihood of bookingonline increases if someone is drawn to a website to gather information in the first place,and if the product sold through the website is transparent and well-understood (either per se orbecause the customer is familiar with the product), or if any other booking-related communicationwould impose a financial charge, independent of the socio-demographic background ofthe prospective traveller.


Linkages Between Flooding, Migration And Resettlement: Viet Nam Case Study Report For Each-For Project, Olivia V. Dun Jan 2009

Linkages Between Flooding, Migration And Resettlement: Viet Nam Case Study Report For Each-For Project, Olivia V. Dun

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers

This report provides the results of an investigation into the linkages between flooding and migration/population displacement in the Mekong Delta of Viet Nam as part of the Environmental Change and Forced Migration Scenarios (EACH-FOR) project. Viet Nam was selected as a country for examining the relationship between environmental change and migration because it is a country prone to water or water-related disasters (Sternin 2003), some of which are thought to be increasing due to the influence of climate change (IPCC 2007, Carew-Reid 2007). Moreover, a large portion of the country’s population is based in rural areas and is ...