Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

IT IS the summer of 1979 and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the everyman-hero of John Updike’s series of novels, is running a car showroom in Brewer, Pennsylvania. There is a pervasive mood of decline. Local textile mills have closed. Gas prices are soaring. No one wants the traded-in, Detroit-made cars clogging the lot. Yet Rabbit is serene. More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, July 27th, 2018
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Has BRICS lived up to expectations?

DOES anyone still care about the BRICS? Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa concluded their tenth official summit in Johannesburg on July 26th. The widespread perception is that the group has failed to More...

By SLPundit On Friday, July 27th, 2018
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Ryanair’s battle with its unions gets nasty

RYANAIR, Europe’s largest low-cost airline is known for three things: affordable fares, a record of punctuality and the abrasive personality of its chief executive, Michael O’Leary. This summer the More...

By SLPundit On Friday, July 27th, 2018
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How the medical-tourism business thrives

IN THE tiny Croatian town of Zabok patients arrive in their thousands each year from across Europe and the Middle East, seeking replacement hips or knees at the St Catherine hospital, which specialises in orthopaedic More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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Tech firms are suddenly the corporate world’s biggest investors

A COMMON way to describe the history of the technology industry is by product cycles. The 1990s was the era of the PC; then came the internet and related services, followed by mobile; and now artificial intelligence More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
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The death of Sergio Marchionne leaves a big gap at FCA

THE question of who would replace Sergio Marchionne has been in the air for a year or more, ever since the chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that he would step down in 2019. But the way More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
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Why Mitsubishi’s new regional jet shouldn’t be written off yet

A VISITOR to last week’s Farnborough Air Show, held just south-west of London, could easily have been wowed by the variety of military equipment and aircraft on display. But when it comes to large civil airliners, More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
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The stress that kills American workers

WORK can make you sick and shorten your life. That is the argument of a hard-hitting book* by Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In an obvious way, that claim is outdated. More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
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Fiat Chrysler appoints a new boss

THE question of who would replace Sergio Marchionne has been in the air for a year or more, ever since the boss of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that he would step down in 2019. But the way the answer More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
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Are strikes making a big dent in Ryanair’s profits?

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Europe’s largest airline has been hit by a series of walk-outs since it began to recognise trade unions Business and finance  More...