Smartphones: Second-place blues

It is still Apple and everyone else. Why?

Sony to pull back from China mobile market

Move aims to fix smartphones business after $1.2bn quarterly loss

Harrods dividend boost for owners

Luxury goods store bucks sector trend as turnover rises 10%

‘Mario Kart 8’ provides boost to Nintendo

Struggling Japanese group beats expectations with Y24.2bn profit

SoftBank hires Sony Xperia creative chief

Exit comes as Sony strives to revamp smartphone unit

The Vinyl Factory is the old EMI vinyl works in Uxbridge, Middlesex, producing limited edition vinyls of new releases, plus re-presses of classics. They also act as a distributor of vinyl releases. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)

Back to black: The vinyl renaissance

Many businesses are benefiting from the resurgence of the record format

P&G to sell off Duracell battery business

Chief executive seeks to give company greater focus

Lazard profits soar on merger activity

Bout of deal-making central to improved performance

Unilever sales growth at 5-year low

Sharp slowdown in China adds to Europe woes

Weak Gucci sales hold back Kering growth

Analysts sceptical about French luxury group’s upbeat remarks

Unilever: blame Europe

Is the decline in growth at consumer goods maker purely cyclical?

Luxottica picks P&G man for co-CEO post

Adil Mehboob-Khan to run Italian company alongside insider Massimo Vian from January

BAT volumes down as smokers cut back

Rival cigarettes groups battle for market share

SuperGroup founder Dunkerton steps down

Former Co-op Group chief Euan Sutherland takes helm

Electrolux expresses concern on Europe

Consumer demand weaker than what appliance maker had anticipated

Versace maintains growth rate in China

Fashion house develops organically as it side steps crackdown

Kao: beauty and the beholder

After a strong run at home, company wants to expand outside Japan

Internet of things transforms elderly care

Start-ups see huge potential for robots and wearables in the digital home of near future

Russia and China weakness hits Philips

Dutch conglomerate falls to €103m net loss in the third quarter

Electrolux cleans up from currencies

Improved profitability in Europe aided by cost-cutting measures

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