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Russian roulette for McDonald’s, Unilever and Renault
The flagship McDonald's on Pushkin Square in Moscow
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Russian roulette for McDonald’s, Unilever and Renault

McDonald’s exit from Russia will put pressure on other big companies
19 May 2022
Shein: inside China’s e-commerce fashion giant
The Shein app and website
Behind the scenes

Shein: inside China’s e-commerce fashion giant

The brand has gone from ‘low-cost apparel merchant to global juggernaut’ in less than five years
17 May 2022
Scotland’s ongoing ferry fiasco: what you need to know
The unfinished Glen Sannox ferry
In Depth

Scotland’s ongoing ferry fiasco: what you need to know

Delays in the delivery of two new CalMac passenger ferries have caused a major political scandal
13 May 2022
Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover: trouble for Tesla? 
Elon Musk
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Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover: trouble for Tesla? 

It’s hard to find a solid business case for the billionaire’s buyout of the social media platform
29 Apr 2022
Bulb Energy: the troubled hunt for a buyer
Bulb Energy Ltd
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Bulb Energy: the troubled hunt for a buyer

Nearly six months on – amid mounting embarrassment and expense – the need to offload Bulb is becoming pressing
28 Apr 2022
The pluses and minuses of Elon Musk’s Twitter buyout
Elon Musk
Pros and cons

The pluses and minuses of Elon Musk’s Twitter buyout

Tesla CEO wants to rid the social media platform of spam bots and censorship
26 Apr 2022
Will Elon Musk manage to take over Twitter?
Elon Musk Twitter page
In Brief

Will Elon Musk manage to take over Twitter?

The world’s richest man has launched a hostile takeover bid worth $43bn
21 Apr 2022

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UK builders: drawing a line under the cladding crisis?
A cladded block in Salford
In Focus

UK builders: drawing a line under the cladding crisis?

Michael Gove’s threat to builders may be paying off
14 Apr 2022
Disney vs. conservatives: the latest chapter of the war on ‘woke’
Protesters holding placards reading 'Disney - speak out against Don't Say Gay'
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Disney vs. conservatives: the latest chapter of the war on ‘woke’

No doubt company is becoming increasingly political, in a way that rankles with many people
14 Apr 2022
Twitter: intriguing deal sparks Elon Musk alert
Elon Musk looks at his phone
Behind the scenes

Twitter: intriguing deal sparks Elon Musk alert

The 9.2% stake in Twitter has potential to be ‘a serious distraction’ from Musk’s day job
7 Apr 2022
Top billionaires: who is the world’s richest person?
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault
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Top billionaires: who is the world’s richest person?

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault take the top three spots on the Forbes billionaires list
6 Apr 2022
Elon Musk and Twitter’s edit feature experiment
Elon Musk at the opening of a new Tesla plant in Gruenheide, Germany
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Elon Musk and Twitter’s edit feature experiment

Social media giant admits idea is in the works – and claims it did not come from Tesla billionaire
6 Apr 2022
‘Rocking the boat’: the disgrace of P&O Ferries
An RMT union protest in Dover
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‘Rocking the boat’: the disgrace of P&O Ferries

Stern action is needed to counter companies who believe breaking the law is justifiable
31 Mar 2022
What next for P&O after brutal sackings?
A protest by sacked P&O workers and their supporters
Business Briefing

What next for P&O after brutal sackings?

P&O Ferries has been condemned for the summary firing of almost 800 workers last week
24 Mar 2022
Big brand boycotts in Russia: who is in and who is out?
A KFC outlet at Evropeysky shopping centre in Moscow
In Focus

Big brand boycotts in Russia: who is in and who is out?

Hundreds of Western companies have pulled out of Russia, but some remain
10 Mar 2022
BP and Shell: the significance of Big Oil walking out of Russia
Shell petrol station
Business Briefing

BP and Shell: the significance of Big Oil walking out of Russia

In time, a greener, cleaner BP may thank Ukraine for forcing its hand
3 Mar 2022
The power of two: Christopher and Tammy Kane
Christopher and Tammy Kane
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The power of two: Christopher and Tammy Kane

With their work the Kane siblings continue to surprise and enchant
25 Feb 2022
A timeline of the Credit Suisse scandals
Credit Suisse
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A timeline of the Credit Suisse scandals

The Swiss bank is in crisis mode again after a massive leak of data
22 Feb 2022
Meta’s big plunge: ‘Zuck shock’ is a nasty ‘brush with reality’
Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg
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Meta’s big plunge: ‘Zuck shock’ is a nasty ‘brush with reality’

Why have the social media giant’s shares fallen off a cliff?
11 Feb 2022
Spotify: a question of identity
The Neil Young Spotify website page
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Spotify: a question of identity

Neil Young’s boycott was ‘a PR disaster’ for Spotify and wiped more than $2bn off its value 
3 Feb 2022
Mini ‘recharged’: classic Minis go electric
Mini Recharged conversion project
In pictures

Mini ‘recharged’: classic Minis go electric

Conversion project gives the iconic car a new lease of life
27 Jan 2022
António Horta-Osório’s unforced error
António Horta-Osório: resigned quickly
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António Horta-Osório’s unforced error

The Credit Suisse version of ‘Partygate’ has claimed the scalp of a celebrated banker
21 Jan 2022
Unilever/Glaxo mega-merger: a very bad idea?
Unilever CEO Alan Jope: quietly plotting
Behind the scenes

Unilever/Glaxo mega-merger: a very bad idea?

History certainly suggests that giant deals like this tend to ‘destroy value’
20 Jan 2022
Business and energy: firms feel the pain of surging prices
Shell logo
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Business and energy: firms feel the pain of surging prices

Is a windfall tax really the answer to the acute pain of energy costs?
14 Jan 2022
What are the rules on cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff?
Ikea social distancing sign
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What are the rules on cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff?

Ikea joins growing list of firms axing sick pay entitlement for employees who haven’t had Covid jabs
12 Jan 2022
‘Life can be short – buy a Rolls-Royce’
The Rolls-Royce Ghost
Behind the scenes

‘Life can be short – buy a Rolls-Royce’

Despite the pandemic the luxury marque hit record sales in 2021
11 Jan 2022
Apple AirTags: the benefits and risks
Apple AirTag with Leather Key Ring 
Between the lines

Apple AirTags: the benefits and risks

Critics say the small tracking devices can be ‘as creepy as they are helpful’
10 Jan 2022
From PlayStations to SUVs: Sony joins the electric car race
The Sony Vision-S 02 SUV prototype vehicle
In Focus

From PlayStations to SUVs: Sony joins the electric car race

Japanese tech giant unveiled the Vision-S 02 at CES 2022
7 Jan 2022
Boots in play
Boots: ‘starved of investment’
In Focus

Boots in play

Sale would mark an ‘abrupt exit’ for Walgreens, but it ‘probably makes sense’
9 Dec 2021
Shell’s North Sea oil U-turn: ‘a first victory in a longer war’?
Activists holding sign reading 'Stop Cambo'
In Brief

Shell’s North Sea oil U-turn: ‘a first victory in a longer war’?

Controversy after oil giant pulls out of proposed Cambo project
9 Dec 2021
BT: a game of fantasy M&A? 
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani 
Behind the scenes

BT: a game of fantasy M&A? 

There’s talk of a bid for BT from Reliance Industries. Is it a serious offer?
3 Dec 2021
Christmas comes early for UK retailers
Black Friday shopping London
Business Briefing

Christmas comes early for UK retailers

Companies in the news include Bulb and a cryptocurrency called Omicron
2 Dec 2021
Jack Dorsey resigns: Twitter needs ‘more than a part-time chief’
Jack Dorsey
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Jack Dorsey resigns: Twitter needs ‘more than a part-time chief’

Personal interest in crypto suggests he ‘may have been more focused’ on Square
2 Dec 2021
Why did Bulb flicker out? 
Bulb Energy Ltd
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Why did Bulb flicker out? 

The energy crisis has claimed its largest scalp to date. Is the market irretrievably broken?
26 Nov 2021
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