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  1. March 5, 2014

    Birmingham sells NEC to settle equal pay bill

    Birmingham city council will sell the NEC national exhibition centre, one of the city’s landmark properties, to help meet a...

  2. November 28, 2013

    Sony is last Japanese company standing in tough smartphone market

    One by one, Japanese electronics makers have fallen by the wayside as competition intensifies in the smartphone market:...

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  1. FT Alphaville

    November 20, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asia-Pacific bourses were mixed, echoing a loss of momentum in the US market, with Japanese trade data failing to...

  2. November 19, 2013

    Greener cars: Low demand puts pressure on the battery

    Car batteries used to be an overlooked staple of the automotive industry. So long as the conventional 12-volt, lead-acid...

  3. August 12, 2013

    Cambodia’s ruling party handed poll victory

    PHNOM PENH, August 12 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-ruling party won a sweeping majority of provinces in a July...

  4. June 4, 2013

    Banks and chip stocks lift Europe’s bourses

    Banks provided the weight behind the move higher for European equities on Tuesday as better news on the Spanish labour...

  5. June 4, 2013

    Lenovo set for smartphone push through joint venture

    Lenovo is looking to boost global expansion of its fledgling smartphone business through a joint venture, as the Chinese...

  6. May 22, 2013

    Brazil: Mobile demand strains networks

    At first sight, Paraisópolis, São Paulo’s biggest favela or slum, does not look like a thriving market for smartphones. Just...

  7. May 8, 2013

    NEC Group boss keeps it live by studying concert-goers

    Glamour and professional duties happily coincide for Paul Thandi. When he attends such events as the Brit Awards, the UK’s...

  8. April 1, 2013

    Weak exporters lead Tokyo’s Nikkei lower

    Asian equities were hit by a mixed batch of economic data, led lower by Japan’s Nikkei 225 as investors booked profits on...

  9. March 27, 2013

    Electronics: Lifelines thrown to alleviate distress

    The tide could be turning for Japan’s distressed electronics industry after two decades of entrenched deflation, faltering...

  10. March 27, 2013

    Manufacturing: Countless efforts fail to produce employment

    In the northwestern provincial city of Komatsu, a vast factory that once produced metal stamping presses has been...

  11. March 21, 2013

    Italy’s stalemate unnerves investors

    Nearly four weeks after Italian elections resulted in a stalemate, politicians are still wrangling over the shape of a new...

  12. March 6, 2013

    Samsung: Sharp move

    What is Y10bn, or $110m, between friends? It is not much to Samsung (net cash $21bn) and it is hardly a sufficient sum to...

  13. February 18, 2013

    Abe needs to show he can walk the talk

    Over the past three months it has become clear what Prime Minister Abe stands for – Awesomely Bullish Equities. Since Shinzo...

  14. December 11, 2012

    Renesas – everyone chips in

    Japan is proving that it will go to great lengths to keep things in the family. Renesas, the struggling maker of...

  15. December 9, 2012

    Chinese bid wins auction for A123

    A Chinese car parts maker has won the auction for bankrupt US battery maker A123 Systems, in a further success in...

  16. December 4, 2012

    China: After the storm

    It is easy to find bankers sighing about Chinese technology, media and telecoms deals these days. Since July, when the US...

  17. December 3, 2012

    Industry raises alarm on Earls Court plan

    Plans to demolish the Earls Court exhibition centre in west London will leave the city short of large-scale exhibition space...

  18. November 26, 2012

    Tokyo-backed fund to rescue Renesas

    An investment fund controlled by Japan’s government has agreed to rescue Renesas Electronics by buying a majority stake in...

  19. November 9, 2012

    Asian stocks fall further

    There were further losses for Asian stocks on Friday, as the recent cocktail of concerns over the US fiscal cliff, global...

  20. November 7, 2012

    Apple loses $368m patent verdict in Texas

    Apple has been ordered to pay $368m in damages after it lost a patent battle in Texas over its FaceTime video-calling...

  21. October 30, 2012

    Insular culture blamed for Renesas woes

    A few months ago, financial advisers to Renesas Electronics, the Japanese microcontroller company, reached out to Kohlberg...

  22. October 29, 2012

    Tokyo stocks end flat on mixed data

    Tokyo stocks ended flat on Monday after a mixed bag of earnings, including a disappointing outlook from Honda and hopes of a...

  23. October 19, 2012

    Asian techs hit by disappointing US earnings

    Asian markets took a breather as earnings misses by Google and Microsoft in the US drove the region’s technology shares...

  24. October 2, 2012

    Japanese bosses try to unseat ‘window tribe’

    Yoshiaki Fujimori has a problem. The chief executive of Lixil Group, Japan’s biggest manufacturer of building materials, has...

  25. September 24, 2012

    Renesas – US private equity v Japan

    Imagine the PR pitch: “What if we show how vibrant corporate Japan is by turning round a company whose name sounds like...

  26. September 24, 2012

    Stocks end quarter on cautious tone

    Friday 21.30 BST. Wall Street wrapped up the quarter on a weaker note as investors took advantage of a recent rally in...

  27. September 6, 2012

    Asia’s exporters unsettled ahead of ECB

    Tokyo’s exporters were unsettled on Thursday, tracking modest falls on US equities markets as traders stayed cautious ahead...

  28. September 5, 2012

    Lenovo continues growth with Brazil purchase

    Lenovo has continued its aggressive expansion with the acquisition of CCE, a Brazilian consumer electronics company....

  29. September 5, 2012

    Japan’s NEC sells Lenovo stake

    NEC, the lossmaking Japanese computer company, has sold its 2.7 per cent stake in Lenovo of China for Y18bn ($230m) as it...

  30. August 31, 2012

    Renesas in takeover talks with KKR

    Renesas Electronics, the ailing Japanese semiconductor manufacturer, has been considering selling a controlling stake in...

  31. August 29, 2012

    Tech stocks lift Asian equity markets

    Technology stocks led Asian indices to modest gains on Wednesday as the region’s smartphone makers appeared to shake off the...

  32. August 29, 2012

    KKR starts talks to buy Renesas

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is in preliminary talks to take over Renesas Electronics of Japan through a Y100bn ($1.27bn) share...

  33. August 16, 2012

    Lenovo – sanity versus vanity

    Chinese companies know all about “zouchuqu” – going out – and staking a claim in global markets whatever the cost. Take ZTE:...

  34. July 24, 2012

    Asian stocks calmed by China data

    Asian equity markets withstood a cautious session on Tuesday, recovering some poise following the heavy sell-off of the...

  35. July 11, 2012

    Wen call boosts Chinese infrastructure

    Asian stocks were held in check as concerns that the global economic slowdown will dent corporate earnings weighed on...

  36. June 1, 2012

    Letter from Lex: Left on the shelf

    What do singletons in their thirties and technology have in common? A fear of being left on the shelf. Research In Motion is...

  37. May 28, 2012

    Renesas Electronics: no renaissance

    Even experts admit that it is hard to keep up with the cutting edge of the chipmaking world. Not so, alas, for corporate...

  38. May 28, 2012

    Renesas unveils restructuring plan

    Renesas Electronics, the struggling Japanese manufacturer of automotive microcontrollers, on Monday unveiled the first of...

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