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Central bankers set to meet

This is the week that the Bank of England and European Central bank will have their say.

Another month has been and gone, and on Thursday we will learn what the interest rate wil be over the next month.

Pity the poor older members of the ECB. They normally get August off, but this time around they will be deliberating and discussing. Last month, when the bank chose to keep rates on hold, it said that will be meeting up again in August – unlike, in previous years, and markets took...Read More

House prices: London revival continues- but can it last?

History tells us that the housing market cycle begins in London. Last year, while London and the South East saw only modest prices rises, areas such as the North East enjoyed a boom – classic final throws of a bull run. Now, it’s gone the other way. Is it possible,...Read More

Posted Jul 31, 2006

Central bankers set to meet

This is the week that the Bank of England and European Central bank will have their say.

Another month has been and gone, and on Thursday we will learn what the interest rate wil be over the next month.

Pity the poor older members of the ECB. They normally get August...Read More

Posted Jul 31, 2006

BT poised to strike back

When all around they have been saying their free service is the cheapest, BT has been sitting on the sidelines, talking about quality. For BT, the snag with using price as a key marketing tool is this: the regulator. While competitors offer free services, and slash prices, the regulator has...Read More

Posted Jul 31, 2006

Ryanair boss finds panacea for global warming. Animal lovers won’t like it

Where do you stand on holidays in the sun and global warning? We know what the Bishop of London thinks, recently he said “Making selfish choices such as flying on holiday or buying a large car are a symptom of sin. Sin is not just a restricted list of moral...Read More

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Japan sees prices rise: time of crisis or of celebration?

Inflation in the Land of the Rising Sun seems to be settling in nicely. It seems strange to celebrate rising inflation, but in Japan, prices going up is like a breath of fresh air – after a decade of deflation. In all, consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in June, from...Read More

Posted Jul 28, 2006

The worlds’ strongest brands

Google cokeHere’s one to make the accountants rub their hands together, and up their charges. How about including brand value in a company’s balance sheet? And before the accountants amongst our readers say “we already do” let’s point out an important point. Apparently, current accounting...Read More

Posted Jul 28, 2006

British techs see profits soar

It’s good see two British tech companies posting results to make you sit up. We are so used to reading about extraordinary growth from companies based on the other side of the pond, that is makes a pleasant change to hear that British techs Wolfson and CSR are both...Read More

Posted Jul 27, 2006

GM strikes back, but the real crisis is endemic.

gmKirk Kirkorian is a rich man, and since he owns just short of 10 percent of GM, making him the largest shareholder in the world’s largest car manufacturer, he is also a very powerful man. And when a man like that says jump, most people under his employment...Read More

Posted Jul 27, 2006

Amazon sees profits crash

Sometimes, a good business is built on one good idea. Perhaps it was skill, or perhaps it was luck, but the niche a company carves itself can propel it so far, but only for so long. Take Amazon. It’s good at selling books, we all know that. But what about...Read More

Posted Jul 26, 2006

Vodafone chief fights off rebels

Arun Sarin, Vodafone’s embattled chief executive yesterday lived to fight another day, although the doubts about his future still lurk.

The mobile phone market is tough. Prices are falling, Wi-Max will enable broadband internet access while you are out and the potential for VoiP over mobile threatens to undermine the industry...Read More

Posted Jul 26, 2006

BT poised to strike back

When all around they have been saying their free service is the cheapest, BT has been sitting on the sidelines, talking about quality. For BT, the snag with using price as a key marketing tool is this: the regulator. While competitors offer free services, and slash prices, the regulator has...Read More

Posted Jul 31, 2006

House prices: London revival continues- but can it last?

History tells us that the housing market cycle begins in London. Last year, while London and the South East saw only modest prices rises, areas such as the North East enjoyed a boom – classic final throws of a bull run. Now, it’s gone the other way. Is it possible,...Read More

Posted Jul 31, 2006

Ryanair boss finds panacea for global warming. Animal lovers won’t like it

Where do you stand on holidays in the sun and global warning? We know what the Bishop of London thinks, recently he said “Making selfish choices such as flying on holiday or buying a large car are a symptom of sin. Sin is not just a restricted list of moral...Read More

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Japan sees prices rise: time of crisis or of celebration?

Inflation in the Land of the Rising Sun seems to be settling in nicely. It seems strange to celebrate rising inflation, but in Japan, prices going up is like a breath of fresh air – after a decade of deflation. In all, consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in June, from...Read More

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Shell and Exxon Mobil: black gold oozes from balance sheets

Are the profits posted by oil companies excessive? Should they be taxed up to the hilt, so that Joe Public can see some return on the exorbitant prices paid for petrol?

It’s perhaps not surprising. After all, with oil up there in the $70s, Exxon Mobil has just posted second quarter...Read More

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Broadband sees regulator tackle barriers to exit

Have you ever tried speaking to technical support at your broadband supplier? One of our readers recently told us of his experience with Talk Talk, running up a £60 mobile phone bill just trying to speak to them. But then the problem is not unique to that company. The author...Read More

Posted Jul 27, 2006

Manufacturing exports: on course for fastest growth in 11 years

According to CIPS and the Office of National Statistics, British manufacturing is enjoying a mini renaissance, but according to the CBI, order books are still down on a year ago. But even the CBI, the bears of the manufacturing business, are looking decidedly optimistic about the future.

According...Read More

Posted Jul 27, 2006

BP supremo: from jumping to falling?

Not everyone was convinced. Rumours had been circulating for some time of a boardroom rift, between BP’s chief executive Lord Browne, (who is 18 months from his 60th birthday) and its chairman Peter Sutherland. But yesterday, Lord Browne protested loudly and vehemently, if perhaps a little too much saying, “…reading...Read More

Posted Jul 26, 2006

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