THE deal which did most to secure Lee Jae-yong’s control over South Korea’s biggest conglomerate threatened this week to ruin him.
FOR those who still associate Rolls-Royce with its past as a posh carmaker, its home on a scruffy industrial estate comes as a shock.
IT WAS a predictable end to a corporate saga which has been anything but prosaic. On January 12th Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the head of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), became the boss of Tata Sons, its parent and India’s largest company.
COMPUTERS slow as they age, and before long must be replaced by newer models. Something similar is true of the business models of Indian IT firms.
An exhausting process THE priorities of America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will doubtless change under Donald Trump.
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BAT) announced on January 17th a final deal to buy Reynolds American for $49bn.
AS THEY slid down the streets of Davos this week, many executives will have felt a question gnawing in their guts.
An eye-catching opportunity IT MAY be an exaggeration to talk of French firms “colonising” corporate Italy.
FOR fans of bitcoin, a digital currency, the year got off to a volatile start. On January 5th one bitcoin changed hands for nearly $1,150—almost as much as the record set three years ago.
“HELICOPTER parent” may sound like an insult, but given the chance, most parents would probably opt for the help of a chopper to zoom little ones between school, football practice and piano lessons.
Now everyone sees red ON THE flanks of the Simandou mountains in south-eastern Guinea live remote colonies of West African chimpanzees.
ON JANUARY 17th shareholders of Liberty Media Corporation, an American firm controlled by John Malone, a billionaire, are expected to approve a transaction that many hail as the sports deal of the decade.
WHICH is it? The home of free speech, the rule of law and the rich world’s most dynamic economy? Or a land of social decay, septic politics and the rich world’s worst roads and schools?
Impossible is nothing BEHIND closed doors in the Bavarian town of Ansbach a new factory is taking shape.
IT WAS in the spring of 2016 that Donald Trump singled out Ford Motors, calling its plans to build a plant in Mexico an “absolute disgrace” and promising it would not happen on his watch.
Ritual contrition THE probe in 2015 into one of Japan’s largest-ever accounting scandals, at Toshiba, an electronics and nuclear-power conglomerate that has been the epitome of the country’s engineering prowess, concluded that number-fiddling at the firm was “systemic”.
IN THE Bible, seven years of feast were followed by seven years of famine. For banks there have been ten lean years.
LARGE food companies have long been among the world’s most solid, with reassuringly consistent returns even in hard times.
“LOOK up there,” says Edward Armishaw of Walkbase, a Finnish retail-analytics firm, as he points to a small white box above a column clad in mirrors.
The holiday season’s hold on Americans is getting weaker. In 1994, according to the Census Bureau, retailers earned $82bn (in 2015 dollars) more in sales during November and December than they would have without the seasonal effect of the holidays.