Any other business

The struggle to make Sainsbury’s great again

17 January 2007 5:20 pm

Judi Bevan says Justin King has faced a tougher task at Sainsbury’s than Stuart Rose at Marks & Spencer — and that King doesn’t think the City gives him due credit for his efforts

A slow dawn but not a false one

17 January 2007 4:58 pm

Merryn Somerset Webb says Japan is still a good bet for the medium term, despite the disappointments of 2006

Who’s new in 2007 — and how are things in Sakhalin, Comrade Lobachov?

17 January 2007 4:49 pm

Who’s new in 2007 — and how are things in Sakhalin, Comrade Lobachov?

Why we need no-frills, low-cost private schools

11 January 2007 8:54 am

If you ever happen to find yourself teaching an economics class at a private school, here’s a question you could write on the blackboard.

Open for business again — thanks to mom-and-pop stores and voluntourists

10 January 2007 6:04 pm

Open for business again — thanks to mom-and-pop stores and voluntourists

The real 3G phone boom: it’s about girls, girls, girls

10 January 2007 5:57 pm

The real 3G phone boom: it’s about girls, girls, girls

Snouts still in the trough — and now bosses want 20 per cent of every profit

3 January 2007 4:45 pm

Snouts still in the trough — and now bosses want 20 per cent of every profit

The Irishman, the Dutchwoman and the Indian who put the home team to shame

27 December 2006 3:25 pm

The Irishman, the Dutchwoman and the Indian who put the home team to shame

Will 2007 repeat the madness of 1987?

13 December 2006 4:54 pm

Richard Northedge looks back on a year in which it was all too easy to separate fools from their money — and wonders whether we’re heading for another one

Multinationals bring festive cheer

13 December 2006 4:50 pm

It may be deeply unfashionable to say so, but the much-demonised multinationals do far more for the poor than all the world’s charities put together.

Plafonniers and station platforms

13 December 2006 4:47 pm

Joanna Pitman suggests some his’n’hers Christmas gifts that offer the added advantage of holding their value

High-risk investing: the Christian defence

13 December 2006 4:44 pm

‘I believe it’s the best performing fund in the world,’ says Richards, an avowed Christian not averse to preaching his own book.

A seasonal mission to Istanbul’s faithful, including those who worship Tony Blair

13 December 2006 4:38 pm

Think of this as a two-for-one Christmas special, a City Life column gift-wrapped inside Any Other Business.

I’ve seen the future of food retailing — and it works

6 December 2006 4:29 pm

Neil Collins meets the trio of former bankers behind Ocado, the online
supermarket which is challenging the giants of the British grocery trade

‘This is not an industry for pussycats’

6 December 2006 4:26 pm

Richard Orange elicits some blunt opinions on the mining boom from Rio Tinto boss Leigh Clifford

Enough, says Blair — but is anyone listening?

6 December 2006 4:23 pm

Given that the government’s lust for setting targets has done so much to increase bureaucracy in public services

The perils of insouciance

6 December 2006 4:20 pm

Jonathan Davis says investors’ disregard for risk has paid off handsomely in 2006 — but it may not in 2007

Why Porsche would be mad to bid for Volkswagen

29 November 2006 5:58 pm

Matthew Lynn says Porsche is supremely successful in its own niche, but that does not qualify it to run Europe’s largest mass-market car maker

Think outside the jargon box

29 November 2006 5:56 pm

‘Dinosaurs ... think inside the box. Dolphins ... occupy the space outside the box.

The myth of affordable housing

29 November 2006 5:53 pm

The latest non-job in Britain’s town halls is the affordable housing officer

The streets are alive with hip-hop — but there’s still plenty of gold beneath them

29 November 2006 5:49 pm

In the mountains south of Zurich, as winter approaches, the farmers bring their cows down.

The kitchen table tycoons

23 November 2006 8:39 am

Judi Bevan says that new technology has at last created real liberation for women — by enabling them to run successful businesses from home

Ignore your conscience: big oil still beats green power

23 November 2006 8:34 am

If you are the kind of person who believes the things the City says, you might by now be almost convinced that we don’t really need oil any more.

Boston’s in a hole and still digging. Will London’s Olympics go the same way?

22 November 2006 6:29 pm

On the way into Boston from Logan Airport, you pass a cavernous, closed-off tunnel entrance, full of construction vehicles, looking at night like an avant garde set for Siegfried.

The City’s new boom market: philanthropy

15 November 2006 4:43 pm

Simon Nixon says the new rich are eager to give billions away — but that their largesse is best used as ‘social risk capital’, not as a substitute for state welfare