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Sony and Disney all at sea as they clash over mega movie sales.

2007 has a been a record year for the Box Office. First it was Spider Man Three, then it was Pirates of the Caribbean Three. What they both have in common, aside from the number three, is that they set the all time record takings for the first six days of a new film’s release.

But now, Sony, the company behind the Marvel comic web slinging hero, and Disney, the company that in conjunction with Johnny Depp introduced Captain Jack Sparrow to the world, have clashed.

The good ship Sony reckons Disney...Read More

Apple prepares way for iPhone

It’s slated for launch next month (June) but many just can’t wait. The Apple iPhone is now just weeks away, and yesterday, Apple supremo Steve Jobs was strutting his stuff.

He emphasised the three aspects of the product – phone, video player and internet browser – and waxed lyrical about the...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

Sony and Disney all at sea as they clash over mega movie sales.

2007 has a been a record year for the Box Office. First it was Spider Man Three, then it was Pirates of the Caribbean Three. What they both have in common, aside from the number three, is that they set the all time record takings for the first six days...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

But US sees new hope sparkle

And yet, while markets in China fell like a dragon that lost its wings in mid-flight, markets in the US hit new highs yesterday.

Okay, for the Dow that’s not new. It was the 29th time this year the index has finished the day with an all time high. It’s now...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

Fear and greed - the true catalysts to stock market boom and crash

Sir Isaac Newton got it wrong, big time. He poured his money into the South Seas. But he feared that, just like apples, markets that go up must come down, and so he got out. Phew! But then the great man started to question his own maxim. The speculative bubble...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

Markets shake off Chinese fall to break new records

Back in February, when the Chinese stock market experienced a sharp fall, markets across the world fell in its wake. For a while it seemed as if the good times were over, and that the stock market crash of 2000 had resumed. But yesterday saw another Chinese collapse, but this...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

But, US consumers shake off woes, as confidence grows

Our cousins from North America are a confident lot. House prices are falling; the price of gas is staying far too high for comfort; the car industry is facing ever-deeper woes; and yet their optimism seems barely affected.

In fact, according to the latest poll from the Conference Board, US consumer...Read More

Posted May 30, 2007

Buy-to-let or buy to lose money?

“The rate of interest goes up, but are they bothered? “We just up the cost of rent to cover the interest rate rises, and in any case most of us are on fixed rate mortgages,” say organisations representing landlords. “Look at us,” they say, “are we bothered?”

Buy-to-let mortgage provider Paragon...Read More

Posted May 30, 2007

UK’s state spending to GDP falls at last, but London and regional divide grows

It didn’t feel like it at the time, but in 2000, the UK’s public sector was lean and mean. Just 39.8 per cent of our GDP went the way of the state, much lower than Germany’s 45.1 per cent, and not that much higher than the US’s 34.2 per...Read More

Posted May 29, 2007

BBC gets slating for its business coverage

When we first heard that the BBC had got the rap over its coverage of business news, we thought “quite right too.”

It commissioned an independent report from Sir Alan Budd. The underlying theme was that the BBC is too consumer centric. For example when Barclays makes a thumping...Read More

Posted May 29, 2007

House prices: no crash here say ‘experts’

Once again, talk of whether house prices will crash has hit the mass media. Recently, Newsnight ran a disappointing debate on the topic. Unfortunately, it was subjected to the usual superficial coverage that is the BBC’s wont. It’s funny really. The BBC is supposed to offer balanced coverage,...Read More

Posted May 29, 2007

But US sees new hope sparkle

And yet, while markets in China fell like a dragon that lost its wings in mid-flight, markets in the US hit new highs yesterday.

Okay, for the Dow that’s not new. It was the 29th time this year the index has finished the day with an all time high. It’s now...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

Apple prepares way for iPhone

It’s slated for launch next month (June) but many just can’t wait. The Apple iPhone is now just weeks away, and yesterday, Apple supremo Steve Jobs was strutting his stuff.

He emphasised the three aspects of the product – phone, video player and internet browser – and waxed lyrical about the...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

Fear and greed - the true catalysts to stock market boom and crash

Sir Isaac Newton got it wrong, big time. He poured his money into the South Seas. But he feared that, just like apples, markets that go up must come down, and so he got out. Phew! But then the great man started to question his own maxim. The speculative bubble...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

Markets shake off Chinese fall to break new records

Back in February, when the Chinese stock market experienced a sharp fall, markets across the world fell in its wake. For a while it seemed as if the good times were over, and that the stock market crash of 2000 had resumed. But yesterday saw another Chinese collapse, but this...Read More

Posted May 31, 2007

And Brits with SMEs see confidence rise too

The ship has been steadied. 12 months ago, the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses or SMEs, – (classed as having turnover of between £5 million and £500 million) were under the kosh. Fuel was up, energy costs were rising across the board and the UK’s SMEs looked at...Read More

Posted May 30, 2007

The house that Uncle Sam built sees first annual fall since 1991

Talking of house prices, but this time on the other side of the Atlantic, evidence emerged yesterday that house prices across the US fell slightly over the last 12 months.

According to the SP/Case-Shiller national home price index, house prices across the 20 metro areas it monitors fell by 1.4 per...Read More

Posted May 30, 2007

While Bush shows confidence in his new man

Paul Wolfowitz was never a popular choice. When a man who had been described as an architect of the war in Iraq gets the top job at the World Bank you just know heckles will rise.

And when it appeared Mr Wolfowitz had been giving unfair advantage to one of the...Read More

Posted May 30, 2007

Chinese stock market brings back memories of 1929, but is India bigger risk?

This simple statistic says it all. In 2005 the Shanghai Composite stood at 1,000 points. By close of play this morning, it had passed 4,000.

Is this a boom without precedent? Answer: no. From 1921 to 1929 the Dow Jones Industrial average leapt from 100 to 400 points, and then, of...Read More

Posted May 29, 2007

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