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  • Coffee chains brew robust future in China @ Financial Times - 52 minutes ago

    From Best Buy to B&Q, many foreign brands and business models have struggled in China. But perhaps the least likely western retail concept of them all has prospered the most: foreign coffee shops. Despite ...

  • Search resumes for missing AirAsia flight @ Financial Times - 59 minutes ago

    The search and rescue operation for the AirAsia aircraft that went missing early on Sunday on its way from Indonesia to Singapore resumed at daybreak on Monday. First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval ...

  • The search and rescue operation for the AirAsia aeroplane that went missing early on Sunday on its way from Indonesia to Singapore resumed at daybreak on Monday. First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval ...

  • The private equity dealmaker who failed to turn round City Link has been forced on the defensive as it emerged taxpayers will pick up the redundancy bill for the 2,760 workers who are expected to lose ...

  • Malaria: Real and present danger @ Financial Times - 11 hours ago

    Ka Lar Nar's fellow east Myanmar villagers chuckle at the story of his periodic headaches because they know he likes his palm wine. "After taking enough sleep, my headache disappears," says the ...

  • Tanker market benefits from oil rout @ Financial Times - 11 hours ago

    The daily earnings of supertankers on the benchmark Middle East to Japan route hit a six-year high in mid-December in part as a result of China building up its strategic reserves on the back of low oil ...

  • Investors usually value companies for their enterprise. Companies on the Alternative Investment Market should also be valued for their entertainment value. The junior market will be sadder, drearier place ...

  • Top managers' pay reveals weak link to value @ Financial Times - 12 hours ago

    Executive managers' pay is still determined by simplistic measures of performance that bear little relation to long-term drivers of companies' value, according to an analysis of pay at FTSE 100 companies ...

  • Irish television viewers are to get their first new homegrown channel for 16 years this week with the launch of UTV Ireland, a development that may not offer a whole new watching experience but looks set ...

  • Nick D'Aloisio leads Yahoo into world of wearables @ Financial Times - 12 hours ago

    Yahoo's first venture into the world of wearables is being led by Nick D'Aloisio, a 19-year-old Oxford student who had his company Summly acquired by Yahoo for $30m in 2013. Summly became Yahoo News Digest ...

  • Yahoo targets wearables and mobile growth @ Financial Times - 12 hours ago

    Yahoo is setting its sights on the growth of wearables and other mobile devices as the internet star of the last dotcom boom tries to transform itself into a world of apps. Adam Cahan, senior vice-president ...

  • Raízen to spend $1bn on ethanol boost @ Financial Times - 12 hours ago

    Raízen, Royal Dutch Shell's joint venture in Brazil, plans to spend close to $1bn on "second generation" ethanol plants over the next decade in one of the boldest investments yet in biofuel production ...

  • The UK's biggest public companies are increasingly ready to say goodbye to long-serving directors. The number of non-execs who have been in the post for more than nine years at FTSE 100 groups has dropped ...

  • Communications industry executives were grooving at the final of The X Factor just before Christmas, even as telecoms group BT finalised a £12.5bn takeover of mobile operator EE. Singer Ben Haenow triumphed ...

  • Chilled dry sherry is the new cool drink @ Financial Times - 14 hours ago

    It was once one of the most popular drinks in the UK and a quintessential Christmas tipple. But sherry has been on a 50-year decline, battling an image of fustiness and a distinct lack of cool. Now, however, ...

  • Patrizia Grieco: agent for change in Italy @ Financial Times - 15 hours ago

    In corporate Italy's monoculture of greying men in well-cut suits, Patrizia Grieco, the first woman to chair Italy's largest utility Enel, disrupts the status quo on sight. The former technology executive, ...

  • If you run a start-up that operates at a frantic pace, how do you make sure your pressurised employees keep their heads and stay productive? Marketing technology company Unruly is in a constant sprint ...

  • Asia's dealmaking league tables have become the subject of unprecedented wrangling between rival bankers over who deserves credit for working with China's state-owned enterprises. Reforms to China's sprawling ...

  • Companies diary: a year to forget @ Financial Times - 15 hours ago

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company announcements are of information publicly available before last week. < The ...

  • Doubts persist over India bank recap plan @ Financial Times - 16 hours ago

    India's prime minister Narendra Modi this month unveiled plans to sell down government holdings in public sector banks, potentially injecting Rs1.6tn ($26bn) of capital into the banking system. But many ...

  • Friday ought to be the most notable day for data releases in a week when they are thin on the ground thanks to public holidays for new year on Thursday. Purchasing managers' indices for the eurozone and ...

  • Headlines in Brazil this month have been filled with allegations of corruption involving Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras and the ruling coalition led by president Dilma Rousseff`s centre-left ...

  • 'Frozen' fever grips cultural landscape @ Financial Times - 17 hours ago

    On Christmas morning, five-year-old Addison Peskie's living room was a sea of ice blue and bright purple. "A Frozen fleece vest. A hat and gloves. A water bottle. She even got Frozen underwear," ...

  • AirAsia flight goes missing with 161 on board @ Financial Times - 23 hours ago

    An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore. AirAsia, a regional ...

  • Sony, Microsoft battle hackers as gamers question their call of duty @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 5:00 PM EST

    Sony and Microsoft struggled to respond to an apparent cyber attack on their video games networks over Christmas, leaving millions of customers unable to play games and access entertainment. Sony's PlayStation ...

  • Tesla drives towards boundaries with Roadster retrofit @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 4:17 PM EST

    Tesla Motors on Friday claimed an extra edge in its already sizeable range advantage over other electric car companies, with a planned retrofit that would enable its its original Roadsters to travel more ...

  • Amazon adds 10m Prime members @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 3:27 PM EST

    Amazon, the online retailer, said that it had added more than 10m users during the holiday period to its Prime service. The figure is a potentially positive sign for future growth as its Prime members, ...

  • Low-cost gyms flex muscles and bulk up @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 2:28 PM EST

    Been putting on the pounds this Christmas? At least in 2015 there are going to be plenty of new gyms to help you shed that turkey-fuelled weight. It is the low-cost fitness segment which is really flexing ...

  • Older UK professionals seek new work challenges after pension age @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 2:14 PM EST

    A fifth of professionals are thinking of starting a whole new career after they retire in a sign of a big shift in Britain's labour market towards longer working lives. About 20 per cent of lawyers, medical ...

  • Prosecutors raid LG over washing machine row with Samsung @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 1:46 PM EST

    South Korean prosecutors raided LG Electronics' headquarters in Seoul on Friday amid claims that a team of its executives damaged products belonging to rival Samsung Electronics while attending a trade ...

  • Qatar to match new A350 wide-body against A380 @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST

    Qatar Airways will pit its new A350 wide-body jet against its fleet of giant A380s in a move which could step up pressure on Airbus's flagging superjumbo programme. Akbar Al Baker, chief executive of Qatar ...

  • Cable urged to intervene in collapse of City Link @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 1:14 PM EST

    Vince Cable, business secretary, has been urged to intervene after City Link, one of Britain's biggest postal delivery companies, went into administration on Christmas Eve, putting more than 2,700 jobs ...

  • Superhero movies: with great power . . . @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:41 PM EST

    Batman first decided criminals were a cowardly and superstitious lot in the pages of 1939's Detective Comics #33. Generations have since thrilled to the tales of a rich man who beats up the mentally ill, ...

  • Theme parks: rollercoaster @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:26 PM EST

    "No, you can't have another ice cream. Or go into another souvenir shop. And no, we don't need the commemorative photo . . . I oughta have shares in this place." Of course you ought ...

  • Caesars: the house always wins @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 11:32 AM EST

    First among the first principles of corporate finance: equity gets paid last. The machinations of the private equity owners of debt-laden gaming group Caesars Entertainment test that paradigm. For years, ...

  • Scientists develop enzyme to 'trick' body into burning fat @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 10:56 AM EST

    One example of the increasingly ambitious scientific research in which Nestlé is engaged is its work on an enzyme called AMPK, which regulates how the body uses and stores energy. Scientists at the Nestlé ...

  • Nestlé enlist scientists in quest to produce healthier goods @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 10:56 AM EST

    With obesity levels soaring around the world, and the associated burden on public health budgets growing, the pressure on food companies to make their wares healthier has never been higher. Earlier this ...

  • Nestlé to collaborate on pregnancy diet research @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 10:56 AM EST

    Nestlé is to launch its largest ever research partnership, as the world's biggest food company attempts to improve the scientific basis behind its products. The Swiss group's collaboration with the EpiGen, ...

  • Oil price collapse stokes financial crises in producing countries @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 10:13 AM EST

    The most significant development in the world economy in 2014 was the collapse in the price of oil. The near-50 per cent drop in the price of internationally traded Brent crude from a high of more than ...

  • Ecommerce model proves difficult to drive @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 9:32 AM EST

    "Well, in those days, one had to telephone a room inside a building and hope that, at the very same moment, the person with whom one wished to converse might be found therein." As British comedian ...

  • Bank settlements hit $56bn in most expensive year on record @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 9:28 AM EST

    This has been a record year for the world's banks. But not in the way they would have liked. The total amount they have paid in fines and legal settlements surpassed $56bn in 2014, according to research ...

  • Big pharma cashes in as M&A fever sweeps sector @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 9:25 AM EST

    It was a big year for big pharma as a succession of multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions swept the industry. More than $250bn of deals have been struck during 2014 - a record for the sector - as ...

  • Star fund manager of 2013 falls to earth in 2014 @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 9:18 AM EST

    One of the hottest mutual fund managers of recent years crashed to earth in 2014, after his bets on rising inflation turned sour because of the sluggish global economy. Michael Aronstein's MainStay Marketfield ...

  • Warning signs appear after bumper IPO year @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 8:40 AM EST

    The flotation of Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce group which raised a record $25bn on the New York Stock Exchange in September, emphasised the cross-border nature of what was a bumper year for initial public ...

  • Russia trebles Trust Bank bailout to $1.9bn @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 8:32 AM EST

    Russia on Friday trebled to Rbs99bn ($1.9bn) the size of the bailout for Trust Bank, which foundered last week amid the collapse of the rouble, in a sign of the ballooning financial risks in the wake of ...

  • Silicon Valley comes under fire in Europe @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 7:56 AM EST

    The global march of Silicon Valley companies began to face serious resistance in Europe this year, as the continent's regulators, politicians and public pushed back against the operations of America's ...

  • City Link falls into administration threatening 2,700 jobs @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 5:54 AM EST

    City Link, the postal delivery company, has gone into administration, threatening 2,727 jobs and underscoring cut-throat competition in the parcels delivery market. The Coventry-based company, which is ...

  • Sony to release North Korea film online in US @ Financial Times - Wed, Dec 24, 2014 12:48 PM EST

    Sony Pictures will release The Interview online on Wednesday in the US via several streaming outlets, a day before the film will appear in about 300 cinemas. The deal to make the film available for rent ...

  • Stocks advance as year-end approaches @ Financial Times - Wed, Dec 24, 2014 9:46 AM EST

    Wednesday 14:45 GMT. Global stocks moved higher as gains in a holiday-shortened trading day in the US and Europe added to earlier momentum in Asia. But both the US dollar and oil prices pared the strong ...

  • Russia's central bank to help companies refinance debts @ Financial Times - Wed, Dec 24, 2014 8:26 AM EST

    Russia's central bank will step in to help companies refinance their foreign debts, in Moscow's latest promise of state resources to avert a deepening of its economic crisis. Uncertainty over the fate ...

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