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Dow hits new six year high

With just one day’s trading to go, the gap seems to be too big. At the end of last week, the Dow Jones Industrial average closed at a six year high, and, or so proclaimed commentators, the index was within just 380 points of its all time high, and it seemed as if the record could go this week.

Last night the index hit a new six year high, but at 11382 is just 35 points up on the week, and the record, reached in January 2000 of 11750 seems a...Read More

German economy moves up a gear

It’s hardly a pace that is only fit for the autobahn, but the German economic machine is moving forward again, and is gathering pace. One could say perhaps that it’s moved out of first gear into second.

According to six economic institutions that know the German economy, growth of 1.8% this...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

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Posted Apr 06, 2006

German economy moves up a gear

It’s hardly a pace that is only fit for the autobahn, but the German economic machine is moving forward again, and is gathering pace. One could say perhaps that it’s moved out of first gear into second.

According to six economic institutions that know the German economy, growth of 1.8% this...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Whose double standards are they anyway?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of double standards, while gazing across the global economy form his own two pronged approach to standards in business.

Mr Putin wants the West to see things from Russia’s point of view. He says: “We hear statements about a threat of dependence on...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Whose double standards are they anyway?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of double standards, while gazing across the global economy form his own two pronged approach to standards in business.

Mr Putin wants the West to see things from Russia’s point of view. He says: “We hear statements about a threat of dependence on...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Bond to bulldozer icon

Thanks to James Bond, the Aston Martin became the dream car for many. But times change, and perhaps modern day cinema audiences who are influenced in their aspirations by product placements will find themselves desiring the latest, state of the art, sleek, bulldozer.

Fiat has managed to pull off the coup...Read More

Posted Apr 27, 2006

Smoking ban: pub and tobacco sales increase

Have fears that a smoking ban in English pubs will lead to mass closures, gone up in flames?

After the habit was banned in Ireland’s drinking houses for the public, 600 pubs were eventually closed, and some feared that English pub’s profitability would disappear in a puff of clean air, when...Read More

Posted Apr 27, 2006

Amazon profits fall but sales rise

Some might fear it’s a sign of the end of the dot com boom. Amazon, that beacon of profitability in the days when dotcoms just made huge losses, has seen profits slump by 35%.

Net income in the last quarter was $51mn, from $78mn a year ago.

Is this is a sign...Read More

Posted Apr 26, 2006

Tesco posts £2.25bn profits

If the company can do this in challenging times, just imagine what it could do when things are good?

Tesco revealed its profits for the year just gone yesterday, and they were up 17% to £2.25bn and yet its boss Terry Leahy described the period as a “challenging year.”

Like for like...Read More

Posted Apr 26, 2006

Americans still have belief

We will say one thing for those Americans, they are nothing if not optimistic.

With the US balance of payments deficit making the UK shortfall seem like a walk in the park, and with consumer debts at truly terrifying levels, consumer confidence has just hit a four year high,

The US Consumer...Read More

Posted Apr 26, 2006

British pharmaceutical duo impress

Some of GlaxoSmithKline’s customers might wheeze, but there was no hint of constrictions to the corporate airways yesterday, as the world’s second largest drugs company announced a 35% rise in first quarter profits, after its asthma drug, Advair, has proved a big hit.

In all the company posted net income of...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Dow hits new six year high

With just one day’s trading to go, the gap seems to be too big. At the end of last week, the Dow Jones Industrial average closed at a six year high, and, or so proclaimed commentators, the index was within just 380 points of its all time high, and it...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

British pharmaceutical duo impress

Some of GlaxoSmithKline’s customers might wheeze, but there was no hint of constrictions to the corporate airways yesterday, as the world’s second largest drugs company announced a 35% rise in first quarter profits, after its asthma drug, Advair, has proved a big hit.

In all the company posted net income of...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Premiership TV wars: is this the beginning of a new era?

When the EU announced that in future there would be no exclusive TV coverage of the Premiership, the cat was set amongst the pigeons.

The EU edict is that Premiership TV coverage must be broken into six packages of 23 games. These packages will not differ in terms of importance of...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Premiership TV wars: is this the beginning of a new era?

When the EU announced that in future there would be no exclusive TV coverage of the Premiership, the cat was set amongst the pigeons.

The EU edict is that Premiership TV coverage must be broken into six packages of 23 games. These packages will not differ in terms of importance of...Read More

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Phone Texts surge

Would business benefit if all communication was conducted in text? Last night in the TV programme the Apprentice, Sir Alan Sugar, in an appeal for brevity, asked one of his potential apprentices, to restrict his answers to SMS like succinctness. Certainly it would perhaps be a good discipline for...Read More

Posted Apr 27, 2006

The UK is back

The economic down turn in the UK is over.

With talk of a potential crash in house prices, gradually rising unemployment, a High Street that can’t get beyond first gear and a manufacturing sector that would be grateful if it could even hit first gear, you could be forgiven for...Read More

Posted Apr 27, 2006

Balance of Payments crisis: Why it doesn’t matter.

We are buying more than we are selling. Last year the UK bought £65.6bn more goods than it sold, and the overall balance of payments deficit on current account was £31.9bn, or 2 1/2% of GDP. That means a crisis is heading our way, right? According to the Bank...Read More

Posted Apr 26, 2006

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