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.
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”.
THE Peugeot group (PSA) won the Marrakech World Touring Car Championship on April 13th, with Citroën C-Elysées coming first, second and third.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RANBAXY has brought Daiichi Sankyo nothing but trouble. The Japanese drugmaker paid $4.6 billion for Ranbaxy in 2008.
“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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THERE are 21 monster lorries at the Dangote Cement quarry in Obajana (pictured), a three-hour drive from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
NEXT month Britons will have yet more smartphones to choose from, when devices from Wiko, a two-year-old French company, go on sale.
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.
LONGONOT FARM is a giant factory for mass-producing roses: a model of efficiency in a country whose natural condition seems to be chaos.
“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.