AS IT is International Women’s Day on March 8th, The Economist has created a “glass-ceiling index”, to show where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work.
IT IS getting harder to go anywhere without stepping on a piece of Lego-related hype. “The Lego Movie” is number two at the American box office, after three weeks at number one.
“ENVIRONMENTAL pollution has become a major problem, which is nature’s red-light warning.” Those green-tinged words do not come from an activist.
From the age of steam to the solar age WHO needs the power grid when you can generate and store your own electricity cheaply and reliably?
Faded prospects in China VODAFONE’S latest figures appear at first glance to vindicate the most powerful management idea of the past two decades: that firms should expand in fast-growing emerging economies.
“THIS case is extraordinary. The facts are many and sometimes complex. They include things that normally come only out of Hollywood.” So wrote Lewis Kaplan, an American federal judge, in a gripping, John Grisham-esque 485-page verdict on March 4th.
THE Pingo Doce supermarket in Rua Tomás Ribeiro is hard to spot, tucked among white-and-blue tiled houses and crumbling stucco facades.
BUSINESS has always been plagued by fraud: witness the South Sea Company in the 1710s (which enveloped the British economy in a giant bubble) or Charles Ponzi’s Securities Exchange Company in 1920 (which gave the world the Ponzi scheme) or the Enron and WorldCom scandals in the early 2000s.
AMORY LOVINS was right. In 1989, the American physicist noticed a misprint in a report of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission: negawatt for megawatt (MW).
Pretty, but coal is still cheaper EUROPEAN climate policy has spent vast amounts of public money, sent power utilities to the brink and done little to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, an impressive display of multi-pronged incompetence.
COMPANIES do not like to be abandoned any more than lovers do. Workers who quit are sometimes escorted out by security guards, their smartphones confiscated and their e-mail accounts deactivated.
Watch out, Detroit IF COMFORTABLY outpacing your rivals is the main measure of automotive achievement, Tesla’s electric car is a resounding success.
Preparing them for sale? COMPARED with most documents bearing a corporate letterhead, Nelson Peltz’s 37-page argument for the break-up of PepsiCo, published on February 20th, is a good read.
Cutesy characters cost extra DOWN jackets are typically stuffed with duck, not chicken, feathers. Why?
THERE is nothing that better illustrates Carlos Slim’s ambition to muscle into Mexican television than football.
VOLKSWAGEN’S factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was supposed to be the spot where decades of decline ended for the United Auto Workers (UAW) and for America’s industrial unions in general.
Three wheels on my wagon THEY are most commonly associated with the teeming cities of developing Asia, but three-wheeled motorised rickshaws, or tuk-tuks, first emerged in Japan and Italy just over half a century ago.
THE barons of high-tech like to think of themselves as very different creatures from the barons of Wall Street.
Seeking redemption DURING his stratospheric rise Eike Batista became a symbol of Brazil’s economic virility, extolled by politicians and lionised by fellow businessmen.
ANDREW WHITAKER has made a career out of breaking into things. A “white hat” hacker in techie jargon, Mr Whitaker leads a team of security specialists at Knowledge Consulting Group who spend their days trying to worm their way into clients’ computer systems to see how vulnerable they are to cyber-criminals, spies and other nefarious “black hats”.