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I am in no way an expert on this subject so I though I'd offer some observations:

I think much depends on the German economy if manufacturers are to prosper. According to the Economist the German economy will grow 2.7% this year and 2.1% next. It does say however that retail sales are down.

Maerklin under their new owners and with Trix and LGB seem to be heading in the right direction. It never ceases to amaze me how they have their own system yet are the market leader. They are obviously the German Lionel/Hornby and more!

Fleischmann are contracting at the moment and concentrating Manufacturing in one location. They are adamant that they will remain a "German made" company. I hope this works for them and they are not just being stubbornly nationalistic.

Roco seem to be on the way up again. How much ground they have recovered I don't know but they do seem to have quite a following outside Europe.

I like Piko. They have adapted to capitalism well and also cater for those on a budget so the should keep on in an upward direction.

Hornby International still have a long way to go. It's taken a while! Arnold I think is their best bet in the German market and Italy seems to be going ok. France not yet but perhaps too early to tell. The 70% growth in their last report will need to keep going.

Vi symbolise the Italian trait of never taking no for an answer! I don't know how they are financed but would imagine they would need to have sufficient returns for reinvestment. Too early to tell.

I don't know much about the zillion other manufacturers but will make a prediction that Mehano will one day end up in the Bachmann camp! They would compliment Liliput nicely. I wonder if there's been any resistance to Liliput being foreign owned?

I hope I've been charitable to all!
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