Black Friday shopping havoc spreads to UK

Bad publicity from scuffles will do nothing to woo back disgruntled customers

Black Friday chaos masks noise of ringing tills

UK retailers worry that early discounts will undermine profits

Tensions that sundered Thomas Cook plans

Clash of styles laybehind the departure of the travel group’s chief executive

Week in Review

Week in Review, November 29

Soft drink ventures in Africa; Microsoft, Google and BG also in the news

US shoppers carve up the bargains

Early bird opening eats into Thanksgiving Day turkey time

How to invest in pets

The multibillion pound pet sector is resilient and growing

Frank Martin, Chief Executive of Hornby Plc. Picture shows a Scalextric set in action.

IC – November 29 highlights

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Diamonds: Miner’s best friend

Rio Tinto earmarks $350m to prolong production at Diavik mine

A nation gives thanks for better beer

These beverage Davids are taking on the Goliaths of their industry and winning

Microbreweries shake up European market

Number of start-ups rises as drinking habits change

Thomas Cook delays paying some suppliers

Change of terms underlines concerns over tough trading

UK’s Black Friday sales descend into chaos

Retailers’ websites close to collapse in rush for pre-Christmas offers

Insurance M&A efficiency gains are elusive

There is no sector where they have been harder to realise

US retailers hope for bumper Black Friday

Stores open earlier to capture changing shopping patterns

Rémy profit falls as China gives up gifts

Cognac maker says margins hit by destocking in major market

SABMiller’s Coca-Colanisation of Africa

Brewer eyes sweet drinks to tap emerging markets tastebuds

Brewer sweet on Africa’s soft drinks market

Bottling deal with Coke gives brewer greater exposure to fast-growing market

Tesco parts company with three executives

Moves pave way for CEO to make changes to UK management

SABMiller and Coca-Cola toast Africa deal

Drinks groups to merge bottling operations in 12 countries

Rémy: Cointreau-cyclical

The cognac maker’s China problem won’t go away

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