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The glass-ceiling index

The glass-ceiling index | Business Economics | Scoop.it
AS IT is International Women’s Day on March 8th, The Economist has created a “glass-ceiling index”, to show where women have the best chances of equal...
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Crude oil prices down as Opec meets

Crude oil prices down as Opec meets | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Crude oil prices slip to a four-year low as Opec nations meet in Vienna to discuss production levels.
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The declining power of the cartel

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Walt Disney bails out Disneyland Paris with €1bn refinancing deal - Telegraph

Walt Disney bails out Disneyland Paris with €1bn refinancing deal - Telegraph | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Parisian theme park embarks on a €420m rights issue and a €600m debt-for-equity swap as it is bailed out by American parent
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Shares of Euro Disney slumped by 14pc in Paris on Monday morning to €2.93.

“This recapitalization plan would improve Euro Disney Group’s financial position and enable it to continue investing in the guest experience", Walt Disney said in a statement.

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Next profits up on economic revival

Next profits up on economic revival | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Next reports a strong rise in half-year profits as higher house prices and the continuing economic recovery feed into household spending.
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External influences effect Next's profits in a positive manner.

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Labour makes £8 minimum wage pledge

Labour makes £8 minimum wage pledge | Business Economics | Scoop.it
The minimum wage would rise to £8 per hour by the end of the next parliament if Labour wins the general election, leader Ed Miliband promises.
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The minimum wage is a key topic in Econ 3 - what will be the effects of this move?

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Alibaba shares surge on NY debut

Alibaba shares surge on NY debut | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Alibaba's shares closed significantly above their initial price on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, a sign of the excitement surrounding the Chinese internet giant.
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Alibaba is larger than Facebook and Amazon and deals with 80% of all e-commerce in China

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Ikea proves flat-pack furniture works around the world - Telegraph

Ikea proves flat-pack furniture works around the world - Telegraph | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Sales at the world's largest furniture retailer grew by 5.9pc thanks to Chinese consumers and online shoppers
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UK manufacturing growth 'slows'

UK manufacturing growth 'slows' | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 14 months in August, a survey finds, while a separate study also suggests a slowdown.
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Disucss: Will the slowdown of growth in manufacturing affect forecast profit figures?

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Morrisons to cut 2,600 manager jobs

Morrisons to cut 2,600 manager jobs | Business Economics | Scoop.it
UK supermarket chain Morrisons plans to cut 2,600 management jobs as a result of changes to its management structure.
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For Discussion: What effect will cutting 2600 management jobs have on Morrisons?

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UK’s north-south divide has widened, says thinktank

UK’s north-south divide has widened, says thinktank | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Centre for Cities says data shows gap has created two-tier economy as study urges politicians to devolve power to cities
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This links in very nicely with our current topic on wage differentials

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East Coast rail winner announced

East Coast rail winner announced | Business Economics | Scoop.it
A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009.
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Contestability in action...

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UK second quarter growth revised up

UK second quarter growth revised up | Business Economics | Scoop.it
UK economic growth has been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of the year by the Office for National Statistics.
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Increased output in the Service sector and activity in the Construction industry has helped towards the increase in economic growth measured by GDP.

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Tesco probe into £250m profit error

Tesco probe into £250m profit error | Business Economics | Scoop.it
Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.
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Shares fell by 2.2 billion following this announcement

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Prada profit hit by fall in sales

Prada profit hit by fall in sales | Business Economics | Scoop.it
The Italian fashion house Prada reports a 20% fall in profit, hit by the strength of the euro and a fall in leather good sales.
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Will Prada's brand and perceived 'added value" be good enough to fight off competition?

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The start-up that was too successful

The start-up that was too successful | Business Economics | Scoop.it
When an expert on scaling started his own business, he had a long-term strategy for big-time growth, and was prepared to weather a slow start. But did too much success ruin his plans?
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Growing in size too fast can create problems - what economies and diseconomies of scale were evident in the American Giant.

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Optimism among small manufacturers could deliver 10,000s of jobs

Optimism among small manufacturers could deliver 10,000s of jobs | Business Economics | Scoop.it
The Manufacturing Advisory Service survey of 900 companies found record numbers of firms are planning to recruit
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Energy market faces competition probe

Energy market faces competition probe | Business Economics | Scoop.it
The UK's energy market is to face a full investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, regulator Ofgem has announced.
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Bridgestone guilty of price-fixing

Bridgestone guilty of price-fixing | Business Economics | Scoop.it

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:08 PM

26 firms now caught in ongoing investigation into collusion in the US car parts industry - wow!