Any other business
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
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?
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
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
The Irishman, the Dutchwoman and the Indian who put the home team to shame
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
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.
Joanna Pitman suggests some his’n’hers Christmas gifts that offer the added advantage of holding their value
‘I believe it’s the best performing fund in the world,’ says Richards, an avowed Christian not averse to preaching his own book.
Think of this as a two-for-one Christmas special, a City Life column gift-wrapped inside Any Other Business.
Neil Collins meets the trio of former bankers behind Ocado, the online
supermarket which is challenging the giants of the British grocery trade
Richard Orange elicits some blunt opinions on the mining boom from Rio Tinto boss Leigh Clifford
Given that the government’s lust for setting targets has done so much to increase bureaucracy in public services
Jonathan Davis says investors’ disregard for risk has paid off handsomely in 2006 — but it may not in 2007
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
‘Dinosaurs ... think inside the box. Dolphins ... occupy the space outside the box.
The latest non-job in Britain’s town halls is the affordable housing officer
In the mountains south of Zurich, as winter approaches, the farmers bring their cows down.
Judi Bevan says that new technology has at last created real liberation for women — by enabling them to run successful businesses from home
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.
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.
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