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    1. October 15, 2014

      Costco: new market, new model

      Costco, US-based vendor of everything from car tyres to comestibles, has arrived in China. But its appearance is only...

    2. October 8, 2014

      GoPro flickers on analyst downgrade

      GoPro, the camera maker loved by sports enthusiasts, flickered on Wednesday after a downgrade by Piper Jaffray, which...

    1. FT Alphaville

      September 22, 2014

      The Tesco value range

      So, feeling gutsy, you assume that Tesco is too big and solid to go bust. You remember the Ahold accounting problems that...

    2. July 29, 2014

      Windstream soars on Reit spin-off plan

      The US telecoms sector climbed on Tuesday after a small wireline network announced plans to spin off part of its business...

    3. July 8, 2014

      The right capital structure for bricks and mortar retail?

      Lex recently wrote about the hurly-burly around PetSmart, the pet supply chain. An activist or two is keen for the company...

    4. May 9, 2014

      Mitt Romney backs Obama on minimum wage

      Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, backed President Barack Obama on what is arguably his top domestic...

    5. April 10, 2014

      HP rises on PC market share progress

      Hewlett-Packard shares continued their year-long ascent, touching the highest level since 2011 after figures from Gartner...

    6. March 13, 2014

      Williams-Sonoma hits record high

      Shares in Williams-Sonoma rallied at their greatest pace in a year as the upmarket home goods retailer forecast upbeat...

    7. March 6, 2014

      Staples slumps after stores retreat

      Staples shares sank at the greatest pace in more than six months – erasing more than $1bn from its market capitalisation –...

    8. February 28, 2014

      Random acts of shopper boycott

      As individuals, we cannot do much to change the course of the world, but we can at least make statements of what we feel...

    9. February 6, 2014

      US housebuilders boosted by Goldman call

      US homebuilders were lifted on Thursday as analysts at investment bank Goldman Sachs grew increasingly confident the sector...

    10. February 6, 2014

      Retailers feel the squeeze in America’s poverty economy

      The neediest Americans will be hurt by an $8.6bn cut to food aid in a bill that was approved by Congress this week and will...

    11. January 29, 2014

      Companies resist president’s call for minimum wage rise

      Employers of low-wage workers attacked Barack Obama’s call for a 40 per cent rise in the minimum wage even as the US...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      January 29, 2014

      Obama at Costco

      Chip Somodevilla/Getty US President Barack Obama greets supporters, local politicians and store employees after delivering...

    13. January 29, 2014

      ‘The Good Jobs Strategy’ by Zeynep Ton

      The Good Jobs Strategy: How the smartest companies invest in employees to lower costs and boost profits, by Zeynep Ton, New...

    14. January 9, 2014

      US retail holiday sales discounting hits shares

      Falls in the shares of market heavyweight ExxonMobil as well as several retailers, led by Bed Bath & Beyond, weighed on the...

    15. January 9, 2014

      US retailers warn on profits after disappointing holiday season

      Several US retailers issued profit warnings after reporting disappointing results from December as pressure to discount...

    16. September 13, 2013

      Whole Foods targets low-income market in Chicago’s mean streets

      Three years from now, the vacant site at the corner of 63rd and Halsted in the poverty-stricken Englewood neighbourhood on...

    17. August 8, 2013

      Tesla surges on strong sales as US indices flat

      Tesla shares jumped to an all-time high on Thursday after the company reported sales that beat expectations along with plans...

    18. July 7, 2013

      MBA teaching urged to move away from focus on shareholder primacy model

      While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not only bad for society but also leads to...

    19. FT Alphaville

      June 7, 2013

      Weekender

      FURTHER WEEKEND READING - London and house prices: the parasitic city. - Is Prism going to harm US high-tech exports? And...

    20. May 30, 2013

      US stocks rise despite downbeat data

      Dish Network’s counterbid to buy Clearwire sent the wireless internet provider’s shares up more than 20 per cent, as...

    21. May 21, 2013

      Executives cash in as cheap debt funds staff buybacks

      Companies are increasingly using cheap debt to buy shares back from their own employees, highlighting how record low...

    22. April 12, 2013

      Push to curb US retailers’ overtime pay

      A lobbyist for US retailers including Target and Walmart is pushing for the passage of a Republican-backed proposal that...

    23. March 29, 2013

      Safeway: Burd song

      Safeway shareholders should regard the more than 40 per cent rise in the stock price this year as chief executive Steve...

    24. March 12, 2013

      US equities step back from all-time highs

      US stocks retreated from multiyear highs on Tuesday with the leading US benchmark snapping a seven-day winning streak as...

    25. February 20, 2013

      Office Depot and OfficeMax to merge

      Office Depot is to merge with OfficeMax to create a US stationery retailer with combined sales of $18bn, but the deal was...

    26. February 4, 2013

      Lonrho reveals loss after project delays

      Shares in Lonrho , the African food, hotels and distribution conglomerate, fell 22 per cent after it warned it would report...

    27. January 3, 2013

      US holiday retail sales disappoint

      Limited spending by US consumers produced a lacklustre holiday shopping season for many retailers, which are likely to face...

    28. December 18, 2012

      Why Europe will bounce back in 2013

      Watching the crisis in Europe I cannot help but recall the drama that unfolded in Asia in 1997 and 1998. Fear of insolvency...

    29. December 12, 2012

      Wall St loses edge on fiscal cliff fears

      Wall Street stocks pared gains in a late afternoon sell off as investors turned increasingly negative following statements...

    30. December 7, 2012

      Apple succumbs to capital gains fright

      ’Tis the season to be jolly concerned about your taxes. That would be the case in a normal year, even if the US were not on...

    31. December 4, 2012

      Republicans in capital gains tax fight

      Republicans in the House of Representatives are fighting tax increases on capital gains and dividends, ruling out investment...

    32. December 4, 2012

      Oracle to pre-pay $867m dividends

      Oracle said on Monday it would pre-pay $867m worth of dividends that would otherwise not have fallen due until 2013, making...

    33. November 30, 2012

      Wall St stalls as fiscal talks hit impasse

      Wall Street stocks saw muted gains this week as US policy makers failed to achieve progress in the fiscal cliff negotiations...

    34. November 28, 2012

      Costco – question of balance

      The stock market is bad at maths, or accounting, or possibly both. On Wednesday, the discount warehouse club Costco...

    35. November 28, 2012

      Costco shares jump on special dividend

      Costco shares jumped more than 6 per cent after the retailer said it would pay out a $3bn special dividend in the latest US...

    36. November 28, 2012

      Costco joins special dividend bandwagon

      Shares in Costco Wholesale jumped after the retailer announced a special $3bn cash dividend of $7 a share. The warehouse...

    37. beyondbrics

      October 5, 2012

      Costco vs Seoul: when Sunday comes...

      Costco Wholesale, the US retail giant, has sparked ire in South Korea after opening its outlets in Seoul on two Sundays last...

    38. October 4, 2012

      US retail sales growth slows

      US retail sales growth slowed in September but was in line with expectations against the backdrop of uncertainty over the...

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