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The battle to build Donald Trump’s wall


FEW slogans were chanted with as much passion by Donald Trump’s supporters in the presidential campaign as “Build that wall!

Big tyremakers are regaining their grip


CARS can be objects of desire and the bonnet badge an indicator of wealth and status. Yet the four small patches of rubber that do the vital job of attaching them to the road stir little emotion.

America and Britain prohibit large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on some routes


For whom the belt tolls NEW intelligence appears to have prompted the decision of the authorities in both America and Britain to prevent the carrying of large electronic devices into the passenger cabins of aircraft flying from several Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Companies are racing to add value to water


PRESENTED in an unusually-shaped heavy glass bottle with outsized black lettering, it could be a fine vodka.

Uber is facing the biggest crisis in its short history


AS A teenager, Travis Kalanick’s first job was to knock on strangers’ doors and sell them knives. Now he is trying to dodge the daggers aimed at him and at Uber, a ride-hailing firm that is the world’s most valuable startup.

America’s shale firms don’t give a frack about financial returns


INSIDE the boardrooms and bars of Houston, the spiritual capital of America’s energy industry, the swagger is back.

Mobileye and Intel join forces


Data trafficking CARMAKING in Israel has amounted to little more than some unstylish models put together in the latter half of the last century and a few rugged off-roaders still assembled for the country’s security forces.

The business model for the Olympic Games is running out of puff


PIERRE DE COUBERTIN, the French aristocrat who founded the modern Olympics, was seduced by the world’s fair.

Chinese pharma firms target the global market


The way things were WALK into the Shanghai laboratories of Chi-Med, a biotech firm, and you encounter the sort of shiny, cutting-edge facilities common in any major pharma company in America, Europe or Japan.

A battle over Euro Disney


IF YOU judge only by the volume of screams and the beaming faces of those taking rides at Europe’s most-visited, privately-owned tourist destination, then it is clear that Disneyland Paris has much to celebrate.

Elon Musk supercharges progress on energy storage


Storage salesman HOW much power does a tweetstorm involving two tech tycoons, the prime minister of Australia and 8.5m Twitter followers generate?

Citigroup’s decade of agony is almost over


IF YOU ask financial types in New York for their views on the world’s big banks, they usually come up with similar vignettes for each one.

What Satya Nadella did at Microsoft


A DECADE ago, visiting Microsoft’s headquarters near Seattle was like a trip into enemy territory. Executives would not so much talk with visitors as fire words at them (one of this newspaper’s correspondents has yet to recover from two harrowing days spent in the company of a Microsoft “brand evangelist”).

America’s pot industry shrugs off Donald Trump’s harder line on drugs


THESE are high times for America’s marijuana industrial complex. More than half the country’s states have legalised medical cannabis, often rather loosely defined.

Can a railway legend deliver at America’s CSX?

Just the ticket E. HUNTER HARRISON, a veteran railway executive, tried retiring in 2010, after he made Canadian National (CN), a formerly state-owned company, the best-performing of the large railways in North America.

New technologies could slash the cost of steel production


ALTHOUGH he is best known for developing a way to mass-produce steel, Henry Bessemer was a prolific British inventor.

Chinese startups push into foreign markets


They’re coming your way ON THE outskirts of Guangzhou, a city in southern China, lies an abandoned park filled with crumbling replicas of the wonders of the world.

A deal sparks talk of car-industry mega-mergers


THE Peugeot 3008, a striking SUV, was voted European car of the year on March 6th, the eve of the opening of the Geneva motor show, an annual industry shindig.

Mining companies have dug themselves out of a hole


FOR mining investors there is something sinfully alluring about Glencore, an Anglo-Swiss metals conglomerate.

A volatile start for shares in Snap


Filter bubble? WHEN Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, an app popular among teenagers for its disappearing messages, staged a public offering on March 2nd, Evan Spiegel, its 26-year-old boss, became a self-made billionaire.


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