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Have Tesco's US plans hit the buffers?

Re-invention is perhaps the mother of survival.       Most obvious examples are from the world of pop, where the likes of Madonna and David Bowie changed their persona at regular intervals and probably extended their shelf-life in the process.   In the world of business it’s harder, but the successes can be spectacular.      There is no better example than the Finnish maker of gun boots, that diversified into electronics,  to then become the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile phones – Nokia. 

For other companies, the re-invention was more subtle, BT and IBM’s shift towards consultancy,...Read More

City feels the pinch

Credit crunch, what crunch?     While the City moans, the rest of the British economy seems to be doing all right.        This has led some to claims that the banks have become too pre-occupied with their own problems and can’t see that beyond their own narrow existence, things are pretty good.

Well,...Read More

Posted Mar 31, 2008

Eurozone inflation hits highest level since 1992

What a dilemma.  It seems the Fed made two mistakes.  First, it let the rate of interest fall far too low earlier this decade fuelling a consumer borrowing boom and a bubble in asset prices.  But, maybe more recently it was too slow to lower interest; as a result, the...Read More

Posted Mar 31, 2008

Have Tesco's US plans hit the buffers?

Re-invention is perhaps the mother of survival.       Most obvious examples are from the world of pop, where the likes of Madonna and David Bowie changed their persona at regular intervals and probably extended their shelf-life in the process.   In the world of business it’s harder, but the successes can be...Read More

Posted Mar 31, 2008

markets

Posted Mar 28, 2008

markets

Posted Mar 28, 2008

UK recession could be on the cards

It was around this time last year that Alan Greenspan said he put the chances of a US recession at about one in three.  Not many agreed with him at the time, they felt he was being far too pessimistic.

Now a similar projection is being made about the UK.  According to...Read More

Posted Mar 28, 2008

markets

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Did Robin Hood have the answer to credit crunch?

Maybe the real factors behind the current economic crisis lie elsewhere.Keynes correctly identified that the poorer you are, then the more you spend on consumption as a proportion of income. He also likened cutting interest rates at a time of high debt, to pushing on string. That’s why he advocated...Read More

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Is it like the 1930s?

In the 1930s of course the overreaction went too deep.     Hope was zapped from ordinary men and women workers.     And the government didn’t know what to do.    The then president Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented the New Deal, and took the advice of the great economist of that era, Keynes, and tried...Read More

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Credit crunch let's take the helicopter view

Maybe it’s time to take stock.  Stand back from all the recent hullabaloo, and take an objective look at what has been going on during the last few months.

We keep hearing that we are experiencing a crisis made in America, and it is down to reckless subprime lending,  but is...Read More

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Eurozone inflation hits highest level since 1992

What a dilemma.  It seems the Fed made two mistakes.  First, it let the rate of interest fall far too low earlier this decade fuelling a consumer borrowing boom and a bubble in asset prices.  But, maybe more recently it was too slow to lower interest; as a result, the...Read More

Posted Mar 31, 2008

City feels the pinch

Credit crunch, what crunch?     While the City moans, the rest of the British economy seems to be doing all right.        This has led some to claims that the banks have become too pre-occupied with their own problems and can’t see that beyond their own narrow existence, things are pretty good.

Well,...Read More

Posted Mar 31, 2008

Chart of the day

house prices

Posted Mar 28, 2008

House prices close to tipping point

So it’s five months in a row.  The Nationwide now has monthly house price inflation in negative territory for five successive months.  It has recorded annual house price inflation at just 1.1 per cent, the lowest level in 12 years, and now has house prices at the lowest level since...Read More

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Germany gives out nice surprises

The trouble for the UK is that its main source of exports is the US – accounting for 13.1 per cent of our exports.  Next on the list is France – oh dear, Mr Sarkozy may love us, but it is difficult to love France’s economy.     In third place is Germany,...Read More

Posted Mar 28, 2008

House prices close to tipping point

So it’s five months in a row.  The Nationwide now has monthly house price inflation in negative territory for five successive months.  It has recorded annual house price inflation at just 1.1 per cent, the lowest level in 12 years, and now has house prices at the lowest level since...Read More

Posted Mar 28, 2008

India moves in to the rescue

This morning it was official.    Tata, India’s biggest vehicle manufacturer, has bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford.

For Tata, it provides two brands of global recognition, and technical expertise.  It could potentially lever off these two attributes, and when combined with own its unique selling points – largely cheap labour,  propel itself...Read More

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Charts of the day

US consumer confidence

Posted Mar 26, 2008

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