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Coal: The fuel of the future, unfortunately

WHAT more could one want? It is cheap and simple to extract, ship and burn. It is abundant: proven reserves amount to 109 years of current consumption, reckons BP, a British energy giant.

Made in Spain: A pressing issue

These are Spanish, not Italian THE French government once scuttled a possible foreign bid for Danone, a big dairy firm, on the ground that it was a national industrial “jewel”.

Peugeot’s revival plan: Striving for the podium

THE Peugeot group (PSA) won the Marrakech World Touring Car Championship on April 13th, with Citroën C-Elysées coming first, second and third.

Schumpeter: Munk’s tale

YOU can’t be right all the time. In a 1995 profile of Peter Munk, the founder of Barrick Gold, a mining giant, The Economist concluded that the biggest problem facing the company was who would replace him as boss.

Technology firms: Status shift

GOOGLE splashed out an undisclosed sum of money on April 14th to buy Titan Aerospace, whose solar-powered drones it plans to use to help deliver wireless internet access to remote parts of the world.

Business in Russia: From bad to worse

My other car is not a Lada BEFORE the current standoff between the Kremlin and the West over Ukraine, it was already clear that Russia’s economic model, of strong energy exports fuelling domestic consumption, was running out of steam.

Business in the UAE: Improving the desert climate

FOREIGN investment is flooding back, the malls are filling with shoppers and deals are being struck: business in the United Arab Emirates is booming once again.

Business aviation: Fasten seat belts

Nope, not big enough IT IS hard to think of a product for which China is as promising a market as it is for business jets.

Holcim and Lafarge: Into the mixer

THE announcement this week that the world’s two biggest cement-makers by revenues are planning a merger of equals has thrust a huge but unglamorous industry into an unaccustomed spotlight.

Indian drugmakers: Sun takes a shine to Ranbaxy

RANBAXY has brought Daiichi Sankyo nothing but trouble. The Japanese drugmaker paid $4.6 billion for Ranbaxy in 2008.

Schumpeter: Hidden gems

“CASH IN THE ATTIC” is one of the jewels in the BBC’s crown: “The show that turns hidden treasures into cash and viewers’ dreams into reality”.

Online business and security: Digital heart attack

A bug at the heart of e-business THE Heartbleed bug sounds like a nasty coronary condition. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to attack by hackers.

Correction: Myanmar’s oil

In our piece on Myanmar’s oil (“Drilling in the dark”, March 29th), we should have said that it is estimates by foreign experts, rather than those of Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, that put the country’s potential reserves on a par with Brazil’s.

French business: Outside in

Drahi beats the establishment THE French do have a word for “entrepreneur”, pace George Bush, and more than 500,000 new businesses in 2013 to prove it.

Employment law: Faith in the workplace

It’s a cross I have to bear BOSSES all over the Western world have been warned. Unless they make allowances for the religious faiths of their ever more diverse workforces, they will suffer lawsuits, official rebukes and protests from staff.

Dangote Group: Building on concrete foundations

THERE are 21 monster lorries at the Dangote Cement quarry in Obajana (pictured), a three-hour drive from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mobile phones: The rise of the cheap smartphone

NEXT month Britons will have yet more smartphones to choose from, when devices from Wiko, a two-year-old French company, go on sale.

Italy’s state-controlled companies: Letting go, slowly

MATTEO RENZI, Italy’s new prime minister, is keen to show off his pro-market zeal. His government has promised to speed up and extend the privatisation programme unveiled in November by his predecessor, Enrico Letta.

Schumpeter: Flower power

LONGONOT FARM is a giant factory for mass-producing roses: a model of efficiency in a country whose natural condition seems to be chaos.

Petrobras: Two heads are worse than one

“UNIQUE.” That is how Credit Suisse, a bank, sums up Petrobras. It has a point. Most companies’ stocks would sag on the sort of news Brazil’s oil giant has faced in the past three weeks.