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  1. February 7, 2016

    No free lunches but plenty of cheap ones

    Tradeoffs have long been at the centre of economics. The aphorism “there is no such thing as a free lunch” captures a...

  2. February 3, 2016

    Regulators are failing to block fraudulent adverts

    You might have thought that an industry in which a tenth of transactions are fraudulent, which leaks billions of...

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  1. January 15, 2016

    Walmart to close 269 stores as it revamps online presence

    Walmart has announced one of its biggest store closure programmes in years, as it embarks on the next stage of a plan...

  2. January 15, 2016

    Amazon lands China ocean shipping licence

    Amazon has obtained an ocean shipping licence in China, as the company expands its reach into logistics operations...

  3. January 11, 2016

    Pacesetting companies and the masochists who run them

    Being a bellwether is no fun. Shepherds used to castrate a ram — or wether — put a bell round its neck and set it to...

  4. December 27, 2015

    New year, old dilemma for Mike Ashley

    The New Year is traditionally a time for self examination. For Mike Ashley, introspection will go beyond setting new...

  5. December 23, 2015

    Amazon: how to be a bull

    Amazon is not easy to value. All we know for sure is that its sceptics get flattened. The shares have more than doubled...

  6. December 23, 2015

    Scrooge’s activist hedge fund letter to Santa Claus

    To: St Nicholas Enterprises From: Counting House Capital Dear Santa Claus, I am an activist investor in your company...

  7. December 21, 2015

    A Victorian tale of why instant parcel post is hard to deliver

    If the first goal of innovators is to identify unmet customer needs, the London Penny Parcel Delivery and Automatic...

  8. December 18, 2015

    Hard to ignore plight of the Big Four supermarkets

    At 8am the car park at Lidl is already starting to fill up. It’s impossible to say whether all the shoppers have...

  9. December 10, 2015

    Walmart to launch mobile payment app to rival Apple

    Walmart will launch a mobile payment app as the world’s largest retailer seeks to trump Apple Pay and other companies...

  10. November 30, 2015

    US retailers roll out new discounts for Cyber Monday

    Big US retailers were on Sunday rolling out a new round of discounts ahead of the official start of Cyber Monday, one...

  11. November 29, 2015

    Mobile sales spike on mixed Black Friday

    Consumers turned to their smartphones and tablets to drive a sharp increase in online sales, as early indications...

  12. November 27, 2015

    Consumers flock to US shops ahead of Black Friday

    Retailers from Target to Macy’s opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day to queues of consumers intent on bagging door...

  13. November 26, 2015

    US retailers: sale rails

    Boxes belong under the Christmas tree. When they pile up in stockrooms or warehouses, the sting for retailers is both...

  14. November 26, 2015

    Companies are becoming smart about charity

    For a food industry company, helping to launch a non-profit to find ways to combat obesity might seem a worthy...

  15. November 25, 2015

    Dark clouds start to gather over Black Friday in the US

    The idea of shutting up shop on the biggest day of the American retail calendar — Black Friday — is considered by most...

  16. November 17, 2015

    Home Depot rallies on higher sales and profits

    Home Depot rallied on Tuesday after it unveiled a better increase in its quarterly profits than expected. The biggest...

  17. November 17, 2015

    Walmart profits dip despite US gains

    Walmart expects US sales growth to slow to 1 per cent in the fourth quarter, as the world’s largest retailer warned...

  18. November 15, 2015

    Week Ahead: Corporate diary

    Tuesday – November 17 Holiday heads-up from Walmart The holiday shopping season may have started at Walmart stores...

  19. November 10, 2015

    UK retailers spurn Black Friday

    British retailers are attempting to scale back Black Friday offers after the US import disrupted last year’s Christmas...

  20. November 2, 2015

    Mobile payments: Food fight

    Jamie Dimon warned last year that Silicon Valley was out “to eat our lunch”. Yet his bank, JPMorgan Chase, was an...

  21. October 30, 2015

    Shoppers keen on frightfully cheap Halloween

    Retailers are gearing up for a record Halloween, with Britons set to spend close to £500m on everything from pumpkins...

  22. October 27, 2015

    JPMorgan Chase to launch Apple Pay rival

    JPMorgan Chase is going head to head with Apple Pay in mobile payments, announcing a tie-up with a group of merchants...

  23. October 26, 2015

    Walmart drones plan starts to look up

    Walmart has asked US regulators to allow it to test commercial drones outside, just a week after reporting that its...

  24. October 20, 2015

    Walmart withdraws ‘Made in USA’ logos

    Walmart has withdrawn claims that some products it was selling were made in America after being pushed into an...

  25. October 19, 2015

    Asda switches strategy to win back customers

    Asda is to scrap the expansion of its click-and-collect service and put the brakes on the rollout of small stores as it...

  26. October 16, 2015

    Week in Review, October 17

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Dorsey’s time consuming road map...

  27. October 15, 2015

    Walmart’s woes stem from need to invest

    At Walmart’s New York investor day this week, the top executives of the world’s largest retailer all sat in a row of...

  28. October 14, 2015

    Quality stocks should shine again

    Voters do not always answer pollsters honestly. They tend to give a “politically correct” answer when facing a fellow...

  29. October 14, 2015

    Walmart: lower price every day

    Everyone saw that the trend was bad. Few anticipated how bad. And now that the scope of Walmart’s problems is clear,...

  30. October 14, 2015

    Sales woe and Walmart warning hurt retailers

    Shares of US retailers were punished as the latest snapshot of consumer spending cast doubt on the sector ahead of the...

  31. October 14, 2015

    Walmart shares dive 10% on profit warning

    The cost for Walmart of taking on Amazon was laid bare on Wednesday, when the world’s largest retailer lost a tenth of...

  32. October 9, 2015

    US equity dividend growth under pressure

    With the US bond market signalling no shift in the current low interest rate climate, equity investors face a tougher...

  33. September 24, 2015

    Share buybacks: don’t panic; worry

    There are a lot of silly theories about what moves the stock market. One thinks of “psychologically important levels”;...

  34. September 22, 2015

    E-commerce: Amazon pops, Alibaba drops

    Jeff Bezos may run around Seattle, war paint daubed on his head, barking orders into his Fire Phone, urging employees...

  35. August 25, 2015

    Best Buy shares soar on robust domestic demand

    Best Buy’s decision to pull out of China and refocus on the US market paid dividends in the second quarter as earnings...

  36. August 18, 2015

    Walmart: boxing clever

    Is the big-box store going the way of the department store? Walmart is not following in the footsteps of Sears any time...

  37. August 18, 2015

    Walmart slashes earnings outlook

    Walmart slashed its full-year earnings guidance on Tuesday as the world’s largest retailer by sales said it expected...

  38. August 18, 2015

    Sales count, but Asda must remember that profits matter too

    Retailing is a foreign country. They do things differently there. Most businesses would, for example, shrug off a 4.7...

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