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FT series - Archived


While the UK economy has flatlined over the past year, its companies have – to varying degrees – failed, faltered and flourished. This five-part FT series examines some of those that have struggled and some that have succeeded as the British economy has been in the doldrums

Day five - Retail & Consumer

Home Bargains grasps UK high street shift

Discounter has doubled in size since the financial crisis

Punch suffers hangover after credit binge

Pubs feel acute effects of change in habits

day four - financial services

Winton Capital applies science to finance

Fund attributes its success to computers rather than star traders

Westhouse counts the cost of expansion

Falling commission rates and restructuring costs exacerbate losses

day three - media

Johnston Press tries to rise from fall

As part of our five-part series, we look at how the shift from print to digital has hit media groups

Trader Media drives from print to digital

Cost-cutting and closely following consumer trends aid transition

day two - industry

McCall flies high at easyJet

Chief faces decision on whether to place aircraft order

Video: Guiding easyJet through tough times

Taking budget airline to brink of FTSE

Organic tip gives Biffa food for thought

New ‘digestion plant’ points to problems faced by waste industry

EasyJet considers all-Boeing fleet

Order will be keenly contested by manufacturers

day one - energy

UK plc: Sailing through the doldrums

FT Series: Why different companies have failed, faltered and flourished

Wind farms blow life into Cammell Laird

Shipbuilder expected to post highest turnover in more than a decade

Audio slideshow: Winners and losers as UK economy falters

Some companies flourish despite little economic growth

Refinery blasted by perfect economic storm

Coryton refinery shipped its final cargo of fuel last summer

Race to put more WiFi hotspots on the map

Mobile phone users demand wireless internet access

ft background news

Fears triple-dip recession looming

Woeful manufacturing figures stoke contraction concerns

Fiscal watchdog slashes UK forecasts

Dismal economic performance set to last five years

UK manufacturing outlook remains poor

Purchasing managers survey shows seventh month of contraction

Bank turns gloomy on recovery

UK economic output has barely budged since 2010

Businesses encourage worker involvement

Failure to motivate staff costs billions, say chief executives

There is no place for French-style protectionism in UK

There is no evidence that France’s approach to takeovers has been good for its economy, writes Geoff Owen

CBI points to UK manufacturing gloom

UK economy: Stuck in low gear

Britain’s pound has not allowed it to escape eurozone blight

Do more to entice the dragon

UK plc deserves a bronze medal for self-promotion

Manchester boasts low tax regime

Many owners ‘walking away from businesses’

Official figures may understate business failure rates

UK manufacturing steps up pace

Many companies are optimistic despite recession

Warning to industry on innovation

Manufacturers’ ‘over-optimistic’ belief could prove harmful

Government initiatives: Charting a choppy course

Jim Pickard writes that the state has introduced a number of pro-business schemes, with limited success

Executive pay battles damaging, says IMA