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  1. August 4, 2014

    GE warns that closing ExIm Bank would hit US-Africa trade

    A US Congress decision to close the country’s Export-Import Bank would damage American companies trying to do business in...

  2. July 18, 2014

    GE to float credit business this month

    General Electric is planning a $3bn flotation of one of its consumer finance operations later this month, as part of chief...

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  1. July 6, 2014

    People have evolved past homo economicus

    Humans are complex beings with complex motivations. Even among ambitious corporate executives, non-financial rewards – the...

  2. June 22, 2014

    Vindication for Immelt in GE’s Alstom bid

    The success of General Electric’s bid for Alstom’s energy business is a personal vindication for Jeff Immelt, the company’s...

  3. June 20, 2014

    Siemens and Mitsubishi raise stakes in Alstom bid battle

    Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have upped the stakes in their bidding war with General Electric over Alstom,...

  4. June 20, 2014

    GE looks beyond Paris with revised Alstom bid

    General Electric’s Jeff Immelt, an archetypal US chief executive from his love of (American) football to his Harvard MBA,...

  5. June 19, 2014

    GE revises Alstom bid to appease Paris

    General Electric has revised its offer for French industrial champion Alstom in an attempt to appease government concerns...

  6. May 27, 2014

    Siemens preparing to make Alstom bid

    Siemens said it was preparing to make an official bid for Alstom as it lobbied the French parliament for its idea to create...

  7. Business Blog

    May 23, 2014

    Jeff Immelt's three-to-five management rule at General Electric

    Stephen Immelt, brother of Jeff Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric, has become the second Immelt to...

  8. May 22, 2014

    GE extends bid deadline for Alstom unit

    General Electric has extended a deadline for its $16.9bn bid for the energy business of Alstom of France, giving it more...

  9. May 6, 2014

    France to oppose GE’s $13.5bn Alstom deal

    The French government said it would oppose General Electric’s $13.5bn offer for Alstom’s energy business, saying that it...

  10. May 1, 2014

    Kron shrugs off French government to pursue GE bid

    Veteran French industrialist Patrick Kron knew he was in trouble when news leaked last week that he had been plotting to...

  11. April 30, 2014

    Alstom forges ahead with energy unit sale to General Electric

    Alstom forged ahead on Wednesday with its planned deal to sell its energy business to General Electric despite French...

  12. April 29, 2014

    General Electric meets an uncourtly reception in Paris

    Make a list of ways in which the French government could boost its ailing economy, and tormenting a foreign investor with...

  13. April 28, 2014

    Siemens and GE in rival efforts to woo Paris

    General Electric of the US and Siemens of Germany on Monday launched a charm offensive to win France’s socialist government...

  14. April 28, 2014

    Hollande meets GE and Siemens over Alstom

    The chief executives of the three conglomerates involved in the scrap to buy Alstom, the French national engineering...

  15. Business Blog

    April 22, 2014

    Five lessons from Manchester United's Professor Moyes

    Lesson Two: ensure your predecessor is dead or distant (photo: Getty) Good morning and welcome to the new Harvard MBA module...

  16. April 16, 2014

    The perils of the chief who stays too long at the top

    To the news that General Electric’s board of directors has been meeting in solemn conclave to debate whether its chief...

  17. January 31, 2014

    GE moves closer to US retail finance IPO

    General Electric has hired bankers to push ahead with an initial public offering of its North American retail finance...

  18. January 17, 2014

    Amex hits all-time high on profit leap

    American Express raced to an all-time high, lifting its market capitalisation to almost $100bn, after reporting...

  19. January 17, 2014

    GE profit margins disappoint investors

    General Electric, the US industrial group, disappointed investors with a smaller increase in its profit margins than it had...

  20. December 18, 2013

    GE predicts sales growth and cash returns

    General Electric expects its revenue growth to accelerate next year as the US economy continues to strengthen, the US...

  21. October 18, 2013

    General Electric’s order book swells to a record $229bn

    General Electric, the US industrial and financial services group, has reported strong growth in orders and an “improving”...

  22. September 3, 2013

    GE Capital: consumer credit crunch

    How attractive is a credit card operation in post-financial crisis America? General Electric may offer some clues. A sale or...

  23. July 19, 2013

    Invensys weaker as counterbid hopes fade

    Invensys drifted to its lowest since Schneider Electric’s £3.3bn takeover proposal as hopes faded of a counterbid. General...

  24. July 19, 2013

    GE earnings fall but global business conditions improve

    General Electric, the US industrial and finance group, said it saw improving conditions in its principal markets in spite of...

  25. June 19, 2013

    Inside Business: GE plans platform path for ‘internet of things’

    Fifty years ago, after dabbling in computing at the birth of the mainframe industry, General Electric missed the chance to...

  26. June 12, 2013

    GE appoints new head of financial arm

    General Electric has named its long-serving chief financial officer as chief executive of its GE Capital financial arm, as...

  27. May 26, 2013

    Commencement addresses need a dose of reality

    It is that time of year when famous people put on baggy black capes and peculiar hats in order to hold forth on university...

  28. May 26, 2013

    US manufacturers cautious on Europe

    Many US manufacturers remain cautious about the European market, having undertaken cost-cutting measures in the face of...

  29. FT Alphaville

    May 23, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    ROUND-UP Ben Bernanke suggested the Federal Reserve could begin ending QE “in the next few meetings” if the jobs market...

  30. May 22, 2013

    GE eyes consumer finance unit IPO

    General Electric is considering listing its consumer finance operations to fund more share buybacks and strengthen focus on...

  31. May 20, 2013

    GE finance arm to pay $6.5bn dividend to parent

    General Electric’s financial services division is paying a dividend of $6.5bn to its parent company, in line with a plan the...

  32. March 18, 2013

    GE set for landmark board vote

    General Electric will next month hold votes to elect four directors for the first time in its 121-year history, as the US...

  33. March 11, 2013

    GE aims to double African sales

    General Electric aims to double its sales in sub-Saharan Africa during the next few years, its chief executive has said, in...

  34. February 28, 2013

    Caterpillar to cut 1,400 jobs in Belgium

    Caterpillar, the world’s biggest maker of earthmoving equipment by revenues, plans to cut 1,400 jobs at its Belgian plant,...

  35. February 25, 2013

    Prudence set to win India’s budget battle

    A tussle in India between fiscal orthodoxy and free-spending populism will come to a head on Thursday when Palaniappan...

  36. beyondbrics

    January 31, 2013

    Nigeria wins $1bn General Electric manufacturing investment

    General Electric on Thursday announced plans to invest close to $1bn in factories for the energy industry in Nigeria....

  37. January 22, 2013

    Outsourcing tide is not likely to turn

    As western economies trudge towards recovery this year, expectation abounds that economic activity lost to Asia might soon...

  38. beyondbrics

    January 18, 2013

    What GE results tell us about the direction of China growth

    Huzzah. China’s economy is no longer slowing if fourth quarter GDP figure released on Friday is to be believed. Q4...

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