Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

RBS takes a gamble on P2P lending

P2P concept is untested in anything other than an environment of ultra-low interest rates

Apple: Tap that

Extraordinary growth should mean extraordinary shareholder returns

Electrolux expresses concern on Europe

Consumer demand weaker than what appliance maker had anticipated

Apple smashes through forecasts

Group beats Wall St expectations on revenues, earnings and iPhone sales

Marc Andreessen quits eBay

Prominent investor leaves following move to split off PayPal

Old Explorer pub, near Oxford St sells Greene King ales, London. nPicture by Neville Elder

Greene King offer shows pubs’ resilience

Bold bid reflects analyst belief that negative sentiment overdone

Versace maintains growth rate in China

Fashion house develops organically as it side steps crackdown

Kao: beauty and the beholder

Japanese beauty company has had a makeover but shareholders may not like the next stage

A Jibo home robot

Internet of things transforms elderly care

Start-ups see huge future for robots and sensors in digital homes

Russia and China weakness hits Philips

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

Metro results give chain Christmas cheer

Group restructuring focuses on core cash-and-carry brand

Electrolux cleans up from currencies

Improved profitability in Europe aided by cost-cutting measures

Qatar eyes $15bn Asia spending spree

Stake in Hong Kong’s SOGO said to be first in spate of deals in region

Entu insulated as chill hits junior market

Plucky business has net cash and yield on shares is 8%

Too many international wet Wednesdays

The expansion of some fixtures is starting to discredit the beautiful game

Russia widens crackdown on McDonald’s

The latest salvo subjects almost half of the US group’s outlets in Russia to regulatory probes

US craft beers hit the spot in Britain

American exports to the UK have increased tenfold in past decade

Wanda aims beyond China with expansion

Commercial property developer targets annual turnover of $100bn

China’s developers rebuild business model

Companies change tack as house prices fall


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