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  1. April 6, 2014

    AO flotation boost for northern charities

    The flotation of Appliances Online resulted in millions of pounds for investors, but it has also given millions more to...

  2. April 4, 2014

    A decision right in principle but wrong in practice

    The US Supreme Court is reshaping election law based on principles that are distant from most Americans’ idea of common...

  1. February 27, 2014

    Personal touch gives edge in broker tussle for listing business

    When John Roberts began preparing AO.com for its stock market debut, he knew it would be a hard sell. The chief executive of...

  2. FT Long Short

    February 26, 2014

    Uh-oh, AO

    Appliances Online is now AO, and it’s a hit with the market. Shares leapt 40 per cent as it floated in London today. The...

  3. February 26, 2014

    AO shares surge on London debut

    Shares in AO.com surged on debut on Wednesday, jumping as high as 44 per cent above the offer price in a move that recalled...

  4. February 7, 2014

    AO.com founder John Roberts’ rise began with pub bet

    John Roberts founded AO.com, the online electricals retailer, after a bet in a pub. Fed up with his job as head salesman at...

  5. February 7, 2014

    AO.com hires Asos chairman as it confirms IPO plans

    AO, the appliances website, will cap off its journey from a tiny Bolton-based white goods retailer to an online giant with a...

  6. October 7, 2013

    White goods retailer offers same-day delivery

    “Sorry we missed you!” The four words every consumer dreads when waiting for an online order could become a thing of the...

  7. June 28, 2013

    Political gridlock empowers US justices

    Antonin Scalia, the US Supreme Court’s most colourful conservative, issued a furious dissent from the bench on its ruling...

  8. June 26, 2013

    Court rulings reflect a sea change in US

    The plaza in front of the Supreme Court was awash with rainbow flags and “marry who you love” signs on Wednesday, as...

  9. January 20, 2013

    Obama sworn in for second term

    Barack Obama was sworn in on Sunday for a second time as the 44th president of the US, ushering in a second term expected to...

  10. November 23, 2012

    Something for the weekend

    Employees across much of the industrialised world struggle with the work-life balance. Now research into flexible working...

  11. July 3, 2012

    Romney under fire from conservatives

    Prominent conservatives are grumbling that the Romney campaign may not have what it takes to defeat Barack Obama, and are...

  12. July 2, 2012

    The DC gossip bazaar silenced

    The nine judges on the US Supreme Court are not Trappists, adhering to a vow of silence. Several of them, both liberals and...

  13. July 2, 2012

    Total confirms big gas find in Azerbaijan

    Total, the French oil group, confirmed it had discovered huge reserves of natural gas in the Caspian Sea, underscoring...

  14. The A-List

    June 28, 2012

    Bipartisan move won't take sting out of Obamacare

    On Thursday a majority of the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as...

  15. The World

    June 28, 2012

    Obamacare survives, but economy is what matters

    So primed was everyone for an iconoclastic Supreme Court ruling that it took a few moments to realise Obamacare had emerged...

  16. June 28, 2012

    Chief justice’s vote defies expectations

    When in 2005 Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, decided to vote against the confirmation of John Roberts to be...

  17. June 28, 2012

    Healthcare verdict hardens political positions

    Barack Obama got his first news about the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision like most Americans, staring anxiously at two...

  18. June 25, 2012

    Justices uphold key part of Arizona law

    The US Supreme Court has upheld the most controversial provision in Arizona’s tough immigration law, in the first of two...

  19. June 24, 2012

    Tense wait for court ruling on Obamacare

    When John Roberts was being confirmed as chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, he famously said that the nine judges...

  20. March 30, 2012

    US health reform

    This has been a week of high politics and theatre in the US, but not in the usual Congressional arena. The drama that has...

  21. FT Alphaville

    March 27, 2012

    The Closer

    Round-up US equities closed very slightly down on the day after a decline in the last hour of trading (Bloomberg). The...

  22. June 27, 2011

    Supreme Court overturns campaign financing law

    The US Supreme Court has overturned an Arizona law that sought to create a level playing field for political candidates...

  23. June 21, 2011

    Walmart discrimination win highlights claims of court bias

    The US Supreme Court’s decision in favour of Walmart in a sex discrimination suit has highlighted what many lawyers see as a...

  24. May 26, 2011

    Supreme Court backs Arizona workers’ law

    The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona state law that penalises companies which hire undocumented workers, opening the door...

  25. April 29, 2011

    View from the streets: ‘A celebration of Britishness’

    Central London was swamped with well-wishers from around the world on Friday as the long-awaited royal wedding finally got...

  26. February 2, 2011

    Democrats block healthcare repeal

    Medical complications: 142,000 elderly beneficiaries of Medicare have already been sent cheques to help pay for prescription...

  27. May 27, 2010

    Obama's Supreme Court choice reflects policy of 'restraint'

    Conservatives paint Barack Obama as a radical in sheep's clothing. Nowhere is this more at odds with reality than in the...

  28. May 26, 2010

    Court choice reflects policy of ‘restraint’

    Conservatives paint Barack Obama as a radical in sheep’s clothing. Nowhere is this more at odds with reality than in the...

  29. March 23, 2010

    Engyco seeks to raise up to €1bn in 'green' tech listing

    One of the boldest flotations of a "green" company in years is planned for next month, when the solar energy company Engyco...

  30. March 22, 2010

    Engyco flotation seeks to raise up to €1bn

    Engyco wants to buy existing solar farms in Spain, where there has been development of large-scale projects using...

  31. September 10, 2009

    Supreme Court on case over campaign spending

    The Supreme Court was yesterday urged to give companies and labour unions the same rights to political free speech as...

  32. September 9, 2009

    Supreme Court considers campaign financing

    The Supreme Court was on Wednesday urged to give companies and labour unions the same rights to political free speech as...

  33. July 31, 2009

    From free love to free market

    In the beginning, FT readers may be interested to hear, it was supposed to be a sitcom about financial investment. Joel...

  34. July 28, 2009

    Panel clears Sotomayor for Supreme Court

    Sonia Sotomayor cleared the most important hurdle towards becoming America’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday...

  35. July 15, 2009

    Directors stifle green enthusiasm

    More than half of company directors are “climate change cynics” who are stifling the enthusiasm of junior and young managers...

  36. May 27, 2009

    When rebranding can come back to haunt you

    To some, Santander’s decision to rebrand Abbey and its other UK retail banking operations under a single banner marks yet...

  37. March 4, 2009

    The hot money is in live performance

    The New York Times classified ad ran thus: "Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment...

  38. March 3, 2009

    The hot money is in live performance

    The New York Times classified ad ran thus: “Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment...

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