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A geopolitical row with China damages South Korean business further

Closing time came suddenly IN A cosmetics emporium in central Seoul, rows of snail-slime face-masks sit untouched.

A property billionaire rescues Harvey Weinstein’s studio

AS DISTRESSED assets go, the Weinstein Company (TWC) is uniquely distressing. Much of its value was bound up in the brands of its eponymous founding brothers, one of whom, Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment and of assault by dozens of women in the film industry in America and elsewhere.

Saudi Aramco’s IPO is a mess

THE proposal to sell shares in Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, stunned the financial markets last year.

Why Airbus’s tie-up with Bombardier is so damaging for Boeing

Alabama bound LIKE an airliner in service, Bombardier’s C-Series programme has had multiple highs and lows.

An Indian aviation visionary runs into bureaucratic turbulence

But India’s not rolling out the red carpet ALL great aviation ventures start with mavericks willing to defy both the laws of physics and the scepticism of their peers.

IBM lags in cloud computing and AI. Can tech’s great survivor recover?

TECHNOLOGY giants are a bit like dinosaurs. Most do not adapt successfully to a new age—a “platform shift” in the lingo.

Companies that burn up $1bn a year are sexy, dangerous, and statistically doomed

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Lady Gaga, David Bowie. Some people do not operate by the same rules as everyone else.

Kobe Steel admits falsifying data on 20,000 tonnes of metal

THE port city of Kobe, on the southern side of Japan’s main island, is known for luxury beef from pampered cattle, fine sake and precision engineering.

Crafty app developers are ripping off big-name brands

THE new app for an upmarket British department store certainly looks the part. Released on Google Play, a shop for Android software, on September 5th, it has the right logo, the correct vibrant colour and offers fashionable clothes and accessories.

An epic but inconsequential proxy vote at Procter & Gamble

SHAREHOLDER meetings in Ohio are not usually the stuff of high drama, but a recent gathering was a nail-biter.

Why McKinsey is under attack in South Africa

An unfamiliar sight for McKinseyites MCKINSEY, a global management consultancy known for its discreet profile and rarefied air, is unused to the sort of tub-thumping popular revolt it is experiencing in South Africa.

American factories could prosper if they find enough skilled workers

Another way to see the factory floor “WE ARE always short ten to 20 people,” says Jack Marshall, the manager of PPG’s plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

An assessment of the White House’s progress on deregulation

DEREGULATION, along with tax cuts and trade reform, is one of the three pillars of President Donald Trump’s economic agenda.

American efforts to control Chinese firms abroad are dangerous

WARS are fought with weapons, but also with money. To understand the global balance of power in the coming decades, it helps to pay attention to the commercial subplot of the North Korean crisis.

Tech giants are building their own undersea fibre-optic networks

Only 6,599km to go WHEN Cyrus Field, an American businessman, laid the first trans-Atlantic cable in 1858, it was hailed as one of the great technological achievements of its time and celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and 100-gun salutes.

Ford has a clear plan to fix its present failings

Hackett plays it safe LIKE any mechanic with a misfiring car, Ford’s new boss has had his head under the bonnet working out what needs attention.

The bosses of two famous French firms struggle to keep customers

You see her after the third glass ALEXANDRE RICARD wants to talk boxing. He runs Pernod Ricard, a firm that sells Chivas whisky and Absolut vodka, among other drinks.

Dara Khosrowshahi is off to a strong start but there are miles to go

  HERE’S the job spec. Unite a deeply divided board. Keep a strong-willed founder under control. Immediately recruit a new chief financial officer.

Dirt-cheap mobile data is a thrill for Indian consumers

A swami gets the religion THE security guards at the foot of Antilia, a 27-floor private residence in Mumbai, while away the days just as all bored Indians have been doing in recent months—watching movies on their phone.

Goldman Sags

BY TRADITION, Goldman Sachs makes risky financial wagers and stays icy cool under pressure. A bad trade on Treasury bonds in 1986 almost killed it, but was eventually cauterised.