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Return to China


EACH day on the dot of noon, a former naval artillery piece is fired from a platform at the eastern end of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong.

Instant karma


Noodlegeddon IT TAKES only minutes to prepare, but India’s most popular processed-food dish is at the centre of a drawn-out dispute over its safety.

Business and finance correspondent

Job ad: The Economist is seeking a business and finance correspondent, based in New York. The successful candidate will have strong financial-analysis skills and demonstrate a deep interest in companies, management and finance.

Fractured finances


FROM atop Houston’s skyscrapers you can see evidence of the good times just gone. New towers are still being erected all around the city centre, a lagging indicator of the energy boom that ended abruptly in mid-2014 when the price of crude in America dropped from $100 to $43 (today it is around $57).

McJobs and UberJobs


THE French enjoy nothing more than resisting the forces of Anglo-Saxon capitalism. On June 25th French taxi drivers paralysed Paris in protest against Uber, a ride-sharing service, and attacked a few Uber cars for good measure.

Plucky contender


Lovely picture, but will people pay for it? AN EXECUTIVE at Samsung, asked recently what he thought of LG, his company’s domestic arch-rival, said with a wry smile that customers for electronic goods will always want to have a second, third or fourth choice, but that his competitor does not have the engineers, the technology, the budget or the leadership to be number one in most types of gadget.

Spending on the Spree


Come shop with us GERMANY’S neighbours in the European Union have long wished that its parsimonious citizens would save less and spend more, to boost the economy of the whole region.

The halo effect


“THERE is one and only one social responsibility of business,” wrote Milton Friedman, a Nobel prize-winning economist.

Business and finance correspondent

The Economist is seeking a business and finance correspondent, based in New York. The successful candidate will have strong financial-analysis skills and demonstrate a deep interest in companies, management and finance.

Young blood


IN ARIZONA, Independence Day will come a day early this year. On July 3rd a new law will allow anyone to order a laboratory test, with no need to see a doctor.

The great gambler


HE WAS one of the great dealmaker capitalists of the past century. He bought and sold the MGM studios three times.

Better together?


REFORM of American health care was always expected to have an enormous impact on the sector. Sure enough, one of the more immediate effects was a frenzy of hospital mergers, as providers sought to raise their efficiency in response to measures in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, alias Obamacare, designed to curb their cost increases.

Holmes is where the heart is


Too busy for costume changes TECH entrepreneurs often have their own distinctive uniforms. For Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, it is jeans and a hoodie.

Much hot air about gas


SIXTEEN years after the first discovery of commercial-scale natural-gas reserves under the Mediterranean off Israel’s coast, the country’s transition from dependence on imports to energy exporter is proving slow.

A ghost bites back


YUKOS once epitomised the transformation of Russian business from its chaotic, robber-baron state in the 1990s to something approaching international norms.

Riding the wave


THE halls at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard near Trieste in northern Italy are surprisingly quiet, as the vast blocks that will one day be turned into floating cities are welded together.

Keep seatbelts fastened


FEWER aircraft were on display at the Paris air show, which opened on June 15th, than when it was last staged two years ago.

Change is in the air


IN TECHNOLOGY the next big thing usually starts small and scrappy. Incumbents ignore it, trapped in their ways of doing things, until it is too late.

Buying up the shelves


Every little rebate helps MEETING angry shareholders is an experience few company bosses savour. Yet on June 26th Dave Lewis, the new chief executive of Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket chain, will have to do exactly that.

Who are you calling a rogue?


A target for sanctions SAROSH ZAIWALLA occasionally serves as an international arbitrator, judging commercial disputes.


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