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proposed mexico tariff

Proposed Mexico Tariff: Industry Winners and Losers

On January 26, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Trump Administration was considering imposing a 20.0% import tariff on Mexican goods. The Trump administration is currently weighing a number of options for comprehensive tax reform, of which a 20.0% import tariff is one proposal.  According to the United States International Trade Commission, general […]

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Corporate Tax Reform

Corporate Tax Reform: US Industries Set to Rise and Fall

Since the 2016 presidential election, participants in the business community have eagerly awaited the arrival of 2017, in hopes that the now Republican-controlled White House and Congress may together finally bring about comprehensive corporate tax reform. At 35.0%, the United States has the highest corporate income tax of any country in the Organisation for Economic […]

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Five Canadian Industries to Rise and Fall in 2017

Five Canadian Industries to Rise and Fall in 2017

From high-profile mergers and acquisitions to the Olympics, 2016 was a whirlwind of a year. Along with larger political and cultural trends, decade low oil and steel prices, rising unemployment and strong technological advancements have contributed sizably to both the growth and decay of a wide variety of Canadian industries this past year. Demographic shifts […]

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Gig Economy: Industries Embracing Mobile-Enabled Business Models

Gig Economy: Industries Embracing Mobile-Enabled Business Models

Technology has always been a crucial component of industry development and efficiency. While innovations in alternative energy and automation have improved processes in manufacturing and utilities industries, the rise of the internet and mobile technology has transformed dynamics within the retail, wholesale and service sectors. Developments in mobile commerce have allowed manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers […]

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Tech Takeover: Internet of Things

Tech Takeover: Internet of Things

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas demonstrated the next frontier for consumer technology: smart, Wi-Fi-enabled devices for the home. The annual trade show, which was held from January 5 to 8, is known for showcasing and previewing the year’s newest and most exciting technologies, including new releases, as well as concepts and […]

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Is Your Network Protected? Cyber Crime in the Age of Information

Is Your Network Protected? Cyber Crime in the Age of Information

Within the last four years, online security and data breaches have grown increasingly threatening, compromising big name companies such as Target, Home Depot and Sony Corporation. Yahoo became the most recently identified victim of a major hacking in mid- December of 2016, although the breach dates back as far as 2013. The attack compromised 1.5 […]

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Five Franchises Expected to Outpace the Rest in 2017

Five Franchises Expected to Outpace the Rest in 2017

For many industries in the United States, the franchise model has become a popular way for large chains to increase their store footprint with relatively low capital investment. While franchising is generally associated with foodservice industries, such as coffee store franchises or sandwich and sub store franchises, franchising models are used across a range of many […]

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Technology Takeover: Auto Manufacturing

Technology Takeover: Auto Manufacturing

A period of rapid technological change in the automotive sector is anticipated to facilitate changes in the make-up of its constituent industries.  In particular, the US Automobile Electronics Manufacturing industry  has performed strongly in recent years, but is set to experience pressure from encroaching technology companies.  Samsung Group’s acquisition of Harman International Industries Inc. in […]

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Four New Years Resolutions for Businesses in 2017

Four New Years Resolutions for Businesses in 2017

A New Year brings a fresh start, and with it the chance to improve efficiency and productivity in 2017. But making New Year’s resolutions is not something limited solely to individuals; businesses can stand to benefit from making smart goals too. While about 36.0% of New Year’s resolutions are kept for less than a month, […]

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Five Emerging Markets to Watch in 2017

Five Emerging Markets to Watch in 2017

With 2017 fast approaching, IBISWorld has identified products and services that businesses should watch due to demand growth and rising regulatory change. These newly emerging technology products and services are less than a decade old and are quickly entering the mainstream. Emerging markets generally face significant regulation due to uncertainty surrounding the affect that these […]