VanityBA: Why Gyms Are A Healthy Investment In Argentina

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Local retail sales and consumer confidence may be cooling, but don’t tell that to the owners of Argentina fitness centers where 9 out of 10 gyms are growing and double-digit increases in membership rates are only outpaced by membership growth. According to Cronista, fitness is a US$925 million industry in Argentina, a country where some 2.3 million members run, squat, swim, …

Brazilian Skin & Beauty Brand Natura Is Cleaning Up in Argentina

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What do you get when you combine top quality health and beauty products, competitive pricing, a direct sales model, a commitment to sustainability, a broad social media presence and robust sales channels in some of Latin America’s youngest and fastest-growing markets? You get the stock chart to the left. Sao Paulo-based Natura originally listed on the BOVESPA in 2004, and …

As Approval Process Gets Longer, Patagonia Real Estate Prices Are Rising

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Bariloche is the most expensive real estate market in Argentina according to a new study of average prices for an existing 2 or 3-room apartment. Cronista’s Mati­as Bonelli says the average price for such a property in Bariloche is US$150/SF with high-end properties reaching US$222/SF. Buenos Aires ranks second in terms of average prices trailing Bariloche by a mere 2.3%, …

Another Record Year of International Arrivals at Argentina Airports

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Argentina’s soaring popularity as a destination of choice for world travelers is reflected in the 2010 passenger data just released by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, the consortium that manages the 33 busiest airports in the country. “From January through December of last year, 22.8 million passengers passed through those terminals,” writes Cronista’s Nuria Rebon, “which is a 12.4% increase over 2009 …

Argentine Consumer Tastes Shifting Up to Premium Wine, Beer

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Argentine consumers are increasingly opting for premium wines and local palettes are rapidly shifting away from generics in favor of more sophisticated varietals from boutique vineyards and large production wineries alike. InvestBA created the adjacent graph based on data provided by the CCR, and the numbers are staggering for a premium shift when much of the world is moving in …