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    Business is going native again

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    Mexico struggles to break shackles that bind productivity

    When a small Mexican company finds that taxes and the red tape needed to open a plant push up operating costs by as much as...

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  1. February 6, 2014

    Cemex halves loss in fourth quarter

    Higher sales in the US, Europe and much of Latin America helped Cemex, the Mexican cement group, halve its net loss in the...

  2. beyondbrics

    January 20, 2014

    Cemex: back to square one in Egypt?

    Cemex, the Mexican cement giant, is breathing a little sigh of relief. It had been biting its nails ahead of a ruling from...

  3. November 11, 2013

    Cement makers threaten challenge against UK watchdog

    Two of the world’s biggest cement companies have threatened Britain’s Competition Commission with a legal challenge after...

  4. beyondbrics

    October 23, 2013

    Cemex LatAm Q3: solid as cement

    If the performance of the Central and South American unit of Mexican cement giant Cemex is anything to go by, the biggest...

  5. October 21, 2013

    Leaders need trust more than Twitter

    Irecently spent time sifting strategic plans for seven non-profit organisations, drawn up by teams of MBA students for an FT...

  6. August 28, 2013

    Cemex seals Europe push with Holcim assets swap

    Cemex, the largest cement maker in the Americas, is swapping assets in Germany and the Czech Republic with Holcim of...

  7. June 3, 2013

    Jobs: Careers shape up as collection of experiences

    A divide has emerged in the world of work. While many millennials would be grateful for any job, companies find it hard to...

  8. March 20, 2013

    View from Washington: Chance to upgrade relationship stymied by events on the border

    It says much about how Mexico features in the US mindset that Barack Obama made little of immigration reform during the...

  9. beyondbrics

    February 7, 2013

    Cemex Q4: a long slog ahead

    According to its vice-president of finance, Fernando González, “2012 was a year of recovery for Cemex”. It was, but the...

  10. beyondbrics

    February 6, 2013

    Cemex LatAm: cementing gains

    The new kid on the cement block, Cemex Latam Holdings, made its quarterly earnings debut to warm applause. The South and...

  11. February 4, 2013

    EM companies commit ‘original sin’ on debt

    A roaring trade in emerging market bonds has triggered fears an EM debt bubble is inflating. Never before has the developing...

  12. January 28, 2013

    Construction material suppliers cut back

    Hanson, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of construction materials, is to suspend production at several quarries, following...

  13. January 24, 2013

    Life skills: Latin-American scheme offers hope for future

    In a city where shanty towns of red cinder block bricks spill down the hills, being a hard-working and intellectually...

  14. beyondbrics

    January 9, 2013

    Slim, Lafarge team up on cement

    Carlos Slim is not one to waste any time. Having only announced three months ago that Elementia, his building materials...

  15. November 29, 2012

    Cultural connections: Two-way links bring benefits

    A shared language, similarities in business style and historical connections made Latin America the most logical destination...

  16. beyondbrics

    November 16, 2012

    Cemex Latam falls on debut

    Everything seemed to be going well enough earlier this month when Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, raised $1.15bn from...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 13, 2012

    Why is Mexico's Cemex doing an IPO in Colombia?

    The collapse of Colombia’s biggest broker, Interbolsa, might have prompted some investors to dump the country’s bond and...

  18. November 13, 2012

    Stock exchanges: Trading surge brings region together

    A few weeks ago, a full mariachi orchestra accompanied by dancers in long white flowing skirts was piping out tunes as the...

  19. November 11, 2012

    Latin America a gold mine for Europeans

    It is a culmination of the so-called “reconquest”, which in the 1990s saw European companies invest heavily in Latin...

  20. October 26, 2012

    Concerns over US ‘fiscal cliff’ widen

    More than 150 publicly listed companies in the US over the past month have warned investors about the possible effects of...

  21. October 22, 2012

    Cemex aims for $950m Latin American float

    Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, hopes to raise up to $950m from the partial sale of its Latin American subsidiary,...

  22. beyondbrics

    October 19, 2012

    Cemex: a step closer to asset sale

    Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, on Thursday obtained an important green light along the road back to...

  23. October 15, 2012

    Cemex losses narrow on demand in Americas

    Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement manufacturers, reported a substantially smaller loss than in recent quarters as...

  24. beyondbrics

    September 10, 2012

    Cemex: shedding more assets

    Stick a pin on a world map, and you’re fairly sure to hit one of the 50 countries where Cemex has operations and more than...

  25. September 10, 2012

    Cemex secures more support for refinancing

    Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, said on Monday that it had surpassed the minimum acceptance requirements to push ahead...

  26. beyondbrics

    August 24, 2012

    Cemex: breathing easier

    It’s been quite a week for Cemex. Just one day after the company announced that creditors holding 91.5 per cent of a...

  27. August 21, 2012

    Cemex creditors accept loan extension

    Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, said on Tuesday that creditors holding more than 90 per cent of a $7.3bn loan maturing...

  28. beyondbrics

    July 25, 2012

    Peru cement: consolidation time

    Unity makes strength. That, at least, appears to be the logic behind Cemento Andino’s move to merge into Peru’s biggest...

  29. April 26, 2012

    Cemex surprises with narrower loss

    Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, has surprised markets by reporting much smaller-than-expected net losses...

  30. March 30, 2012

    Cement makers lead Europe higher

    Total was among Europe’s biggest fallers this week as the continent’s equity markets continued to pause for breath following...

  31. February 29, 2012

    Holcim hurt by higher costs

    The new chief executive of Holcim said that he would boost sales and marketing and look much more critically at investment,...

  32. February 26, 2012

    Breedon is Lafarge-Anglo asset frontrunner

    Breedon Aggregates, the UK’s largest independent cement quarrying business, has confirmed it is a frontrunner to buy any...

  33. February 23, 2012

    Cemex to meet all debt covenants

    Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement companies, said an improving outlook in its main markets would ensure that it met...

  34. February 21, 2012

    Anglo-Lafarge tie-up concerns regulator

    Anglo American’s planned joint venture with Lafarge to create a £1.8bn building materials group was thrown into question on...

  35. February 13, 2012

    Emissions trading: Cheap and dirty

    When the European Union decided last month to press ahead with a plan to force foreign airlines to pay for the carbon...

  36. February 2, 2012

    Strong sales boost Cemex recovery

    Cemex, the heavily indebted Mexican cement maker, on Thursday outstripped analysts’ expectations by posting fourth-quarter...

  37. January 4, 2012

    Cemex wins some breathing space

    Until a few years ago, most of the cement produced at Cemex’s Alcanar plant in Spain left in lorries to feed the country’s...

  38. December 8, 2011

    Social networks bring speed and challenge to companies

    Business communications have seen dramatic change over recent years. Fifteen years ago, companies were still debating...

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