China luxury: diamonds in the rough

For luxury companies, the country is a curate’s egg

Prada shares fall out of fashion

Consumer fears weigh on profits

Hirai struggles to reignite Sony’s spark

Japanese group symbolises fall of country’s tech titans

China nappy brands absorb local demand

Mainland companies exploit local knowhow and speed to market

US Drugstores: Bitter pill to swallow

Drug retailing in the US is a race to the bottom

UK shoppers sweep up vacuum cleaners

Boost for electrical shops before EU energy saving rules bite

Richemont suffers as Asian sales flatline

Political uncertainty and shifts in consumer taste hit group

Sony rethinks smartphone strategy

Losses force Japanese group to do some houseclearing

Sony warns of $2bn full-year loss

Dividend scrapped as forecast loss increases fivefold

KKR sounds out DJ equipment maker

Buyout group to pay Japan’s Pioneer $550m for turntable unit

iColytes vs ’Droids fight for supremacy

Owning a non-Apple phone, running Android, is a bit like being part of the Rebel Alliance

Apple set for blockbuster iPhone 6 launch

Deflation takes shine off Italy’s shop sales

Businesses cut their prices as economy stagnates

Kingfisher chief rejects Whitehall offer

Latest business leader reluctant to take government role

Russian authorities raid Ikea office

Timing of move suspected to be linked to sanctions

BAT nicotine inhaler wins medical approval

Quick-hit product could be on sale in shops next year

Myer: Are ‘roo being served?

Australian department store must choose between investment and yield

India edict dismays cosmetics groups

Viacom deal boosts Sony internet TV plans

Web TV service to carry 22 networks including MTV and Nickelodeon

The enduring appeal of mechanical watches

Smartwatches have not stopped a trend from digital to clockwork

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