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Top 20 Lifestyle Trends Affecting Global Business

Foresight and consulting firm Social Technologies analyzes the business implications of 20 major trends shaping the lives of global consumers.

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, February 6, 2014 5:59 AM

great stuff for the social environment

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'Living standards squeeze continues'

'Living standards squeeze continues' | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
Average UK living standards have fallen "dramatically" since the recession and will not recover to pre-crisis levels by the next election, economists say.
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UK economic growth best since 2007

UK economic growth best since 2007 | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
The UK economy grew 0.7% in the final quarter of 2013 and by 1.9% for the year, the Office for National Statistics says, led by the services sector.
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Boeing quarterly profits up 26%

Boeing quarterly profits up 26% | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
Boeing's fourth-quarter profits rise 26% to $1.23bn (£742m), helped by strong demand for commercial aircraft.
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Oil giant Shell 'changing emphasis'

Oil giant Shell 'changing emphasis' | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell halts exploration in Alaska as part of a strategy that will see the company cut spending and step up asset disposals.
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British Business Positive about Enlargement | Press Releases | Business for New Europe

Business for New Europe (BNE) is an independent coalition of
business leaders articulating a positive case for reform in Europe.

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, January 30, 2014 5:45 AM

This should be useful for your EU enlargement essay...

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BSkyB interim profits down

BSkyB interim profits down | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, January 30, 2014 4:00 AM

Another good example of the power of competition and the threat of new entrants.  Higher costs and new competition from rivals BT sport seem to be one of the main reasons for Sky's poorer profit performance.

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Google earnings climb on ad revenue

Google earnings climb on ad revenue | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
Search giant Google reports fourth quarter profits of $3.38bn, up 17% from a year earlier, buoyed by strong advertising revenue.
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UK economic gap with London 'widens'

UK economic gap with London 'widens' | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
The economic gap between London and the rest of the UK is widening because other cities are "punching below their weight", new research claims.
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Leap in mortgage approvals in 2013

Leap in mortgage approvals in 2013 | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
The number of mortgages approved for house purchases rose by 20% in 2013 compared with the market doldrums of the previous year.
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Facebook revenue surges 63%

Facebook revenue surges 63% | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
Social networking giant Facebook reports profits of $523m and a 63% increase in revenue for the fourth quarter, beating expectations.
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Payday loan cap announced by chancellor George Osborne - video

George Osborne says the government will cap payday loans to help prevent vulnerable consumers being exploited

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, January 28, 2014 6:58 AM

government intervention in the payday loans market

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Indie booksellers call for action on Amazon's tax avoidance

Indie booksellers call for action on Amazon's tax avoidance | Buss 3 and Buss 4 | Scoop.it
Independent retailers angry at lack of government intervention on web retailer's tax payments

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