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France’s nuclear-energy champion is in turmoil


Under pressure THESE are difficult times for Electricité de France (EDF), the country’s quasi-monopolistic electricity provider, serving 88% of homes.

Donald Trump’s win has sent the shares of small American companies on a tear


THERE have been plenty of swings in financial markets since America’s election on November 8th. The Mexican peso has fallen against the dollar, reflecting worries about Donald Trump’s protectionist tendencies.

Japanese golf courses hunt for a new driver


Slow fade THE gold-coloured golf club priced at $4,700 that Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, gave to Donald Trump, America’s president-elect, in their first meeting last month may have been a piece of polished diplomacy.

The sharing economy’s latest trick is home-sharing for pooches


THE majority of Americans see their pets as family members, surveys show. Those with dogs are more likely to call themselves pet “parents” than canine “owners”.

Airbnb belatedly knocks on the door in China


Beware of the wolves “WE HAVE not focused on building our community in China,” reads a peculiar announcement posted recently by Airbnb on its official blog.

Siemens and General Electric gear up for the internet of things


IT DOESN’T take long to walk from Siemens’s old headquarters in Munich to its new one, inaugurated in June: the German industrial conglomerate has built it right next door.

How companies should treat their most enthusiastic customers


THE hero of Nick Hornby’s novel, “High Fidelity”, cannot get enough of vinyl records. By day Rob Fleming runs a record shop where he spends his time sampling the stock and constructing fantasy compilations with his equally obsessive assistants.

The business of reselling returned shop items


Can I send him back, too? IN STORES and warehouses across America, they wait: towers of toys, scarves piled on scarves, box upon box of shoes.

The future of the A380


AT THE world’s major airports, plane-spotters often spend days waiting for the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, to make an appearance.

False news items are not the only problem besetting Facebook


“MARK ZUCKERBERG, dead at 32, denies Facebook has problem with fake news.” The satirical headline, which made the rounds online this week, nicely encapsulates the most recent woes of the world’s largest social network: its algorithms, critics say, filled users’ newsfeeds with misinformation—and in the process influenced the American election result.

Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest


THE NEW Trump Tower in Worli, a buzzing district of Mumbai, looks like any building site but its marketing sells a dream.

Samsung is sucked into South Korea’s political crisis


IT WAS the third raid on the Samsung group in as many weeks. On November 23rd state prosecutors combed more offices of the South Korean consumer-electronics firm, part of a probe into an influence-peddling case that could be the undoing of President Park Geun-hye’s administration.

Technology firms may struggle to disrupt the food business


THE office parks of Silicon Valley boast many firms that are trying to change the world. But there are plenty with more modest goals.

The sharing economy brings tycoon lifestyles within reach of some


LAMENTING the rise of inequality is one of the few growth industries in an age of stagnation. One authority on the American wealthy, Robert Frank of CNBC, a TV channel, worries that the rich are “floating off” into their own country.

Amp my ride


“THE car is the ultimate mobile device,” said Jeff Williams, an executive at Apple, last year. It was taken as another sign that the maker of iGadgets would be deepening its interest in the automotive sector (among other projects, it is developing an in-house smart car that is codenamed Project Titan).

Vein hope


DONALD TRUMP’S grandfather, Fred, got his start in the hotel industry at the turn of the 20th century supplying rooms, food, booze and female company to prospectors flocking to north-western Canada in the so-called Klondike gold rush.

Polluting the outlook


So they hope IT WAS on November 16th that the International Energy Agency (IEA), an organisation that represents oil- and gas-consuming countries, announced its prediction that over the next quarter of a century renewable energy, such as wind and solar, and natural gas will hugely eclipse the traditional role that coal and oil have played in satisfying the world’s growing demand for energy (see chart).

Clash of the Tatas


COMPANY bosses who get the sack react in different ways: some quietly leave, others graciously wish their successor luck, most try to nurse hurt pride as best they can.

Pot of gold


Flat white joint to go IN THE 1990s Snoop Dogg, a rapper, called cannabis “chronic”. The drug was illicit and cool.

Uncertain business


AN AGE of uncertainty is upon us. For the past three decades or so, businesspeople have been able to steer by a few lodestars.


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