Apple store makeover: hope or hype?

Apple's new San Francisco flagship store
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Ex-Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts reimagines retail again

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Fintech newbies pick up some bad old habits

The frailties that made 2008 so special have found a bright, shiny host

The hits to banks’ reputation keep coming

Recent cases cast doubt over whether lessons from financial crisis have been taken seriously

Zuckerberg has the votes in the bag

Billionaire has 60% majority he needs for new class of shares

When something is too good to be true

Cautionary tales about companies with an unhealthy attachment to their innovations

Bob Dudley’s 20% pay rise is a bit rich

Other companies have been more responsive to the popular mood about executive rewards

Dangers would lurk within a MetLife appeal

Hedge fund industry’s pyrrhic victory offers salutary lessons

Credit Suisse spooked by what lurks within

Mistakes do happen but it takes good managers and intelligence to bring them to light

Why analysts underplayed Valeant’s problems

Long-suffering equity investors have seen this film before

What if bitter bankers are proved right?

Tougher rules may draw little sympathy but there are fears risk is just being shifted elsewhere

Beware of buying in to ‘merger’ euphemism

Investors in LSE do not have to consult Piketty over the ‘equality’ in Deutsche Börse’s deal

Dangers of trying to serve two masters

The analysts’ dilemma: lying to people who pay you, to serve others paying you more

Some mistake? Many would cheer a Twitter fall

Some corporate users have regretted commenting in 140 characters

Nagging doubts about Dimon’s gift horse

JPMorgan boss has been known to ride roughshod over views of dissenting shareholders

Scandals prove all but impossible for prosecutors

Libor rate case highlights how hard it is to hold individuals criminally accountable

Beware the attraction of the big jobs cull

Lay-offs may be in fashion but history suggests axing for the sake of cost-cutting rarely pays

Goldman and Fiat draw opposite reactions

Investors unmoved by bank’s $5.1bn settlement but fear auto lawsuits

Grocers cross over to broader selling

Tie-up with J Sainsbury and Argos to cross-sell goods could be more difficult than imagined

Social networks’ path to one-stop shops

‘Buy buttons’ help give chat apps and groups such as Facebook a slice of ecommerce spending

Be careful, VW, of stopping saying sorry

Chief Matthias Müller should learn from the fate of others perceived as moving on too quickly

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