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Morrisons profit worst in eight years

Morrisons profit worst in eight years | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Supermarket chain Morrisons reports its worst results in eight years, with pre-tax profits falling by more than half from a year earlier.
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General interest pllication point in a lot of essays

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China sets 2015 growth target at 7%

China sets 2015 growth target at 7% | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.
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Growing US inequality - in 90 seconds

Growing US inequality - in 90 seconds | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Inequality in the United States has been noticeable since the 2008 recession, but the income gap has been growing for decades.
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Poundland seeks to buy 99p Stores

Poundland seeks to buy 99p Stores | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Budget retailer Poundland agrees to buy 99p Stores for £55m, subject to approval by competition authorities.
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Along with the reasons for a takeover, again this could be argued as a strategy in the recovery stage of the business cycle.

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US chocolate fans stockpile Cadbury

US chocolate fans stockpile Cadbury | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
In the United States, consumers will soon have trouble finding the "proper" Cadbury chocolate made with the British recipe, leading to a sales rush
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The main issue on this story is how Cadbury's have expanded in USA. They allow another company to sell their product under licence.

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BT to buy mobile firm EE for £12.5bn

BT to buy mobile firm EE for £12.5bn | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
UK phone giant BT agrees to buy the British mobile operator EE for £12.5bn, it says.
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While this can be considered Ms Faulkner's part of the syllabus. Consider this has a potential strategy in a recovery as businesses are standing on piles of cash due a lack of investment in the global economic downturn

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Panorama, Apple's Broken Promises

Panorama, Apple's Broken Promises | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
An undercover look at what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6 in China.
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Issues with their supply chain and treatment of their workers. However, has this impacted on the profitability of the business?

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China consumers boosting economy

China consumers boosting economy | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
China's 'new middle class' has not just migrated to the country's cities, but their spending is boosting the world's second largest economy.
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Issues about the rising middle class in China and the opportunities this represents for British Businesses

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Ryanair raises profit forecast

Ryanair raises profit forecast | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Irish airline Ryanair raises its guidance for annual profits, but warns shareholders and analysts to "temper expectations" for the following year.
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key issues are increase in customers due to the economic recovery and falling oil prices reducing their fixed costs

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Shell to cut spending as oil plunges

Shell to cut spending as oil plunges | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Royal Dutch Shell is going to cut its spending over the next three years to try and deal with the falling price of oil.
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McDonald's losing out to competitors

McDonald's losing out to competitors | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
McDonald's sales are slumping amid competition from high end fast-food burger chains in the US
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Business Boomers: Amazon's Retail Revolution

Business Boomers: Amazon's Retail Revolution | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Discover the ultimate online retail success story of the internet giant.
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Amazon Fire TV 'a great experience'

Amazon Fire TV 'a great experience' | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Dave Limp, vice president of devices at Amazon, told the BBC that operating the device was a "great experience" for the user.
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High spirit tax 'holding industry back'

High spirit tax 'holding industry back' | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Authors Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley put the case for the economic benefit of a cut in tax on spirits in the Budget.
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An example of government policy affecting UK manufacturing

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Rolls-Royce sales drop in new markets

Rolls-Royce sales drop in new markets | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Torsten Muller-Otvos, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars talks about the the sharp drop in growth in emerging markets.
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China's Bright Food looks to Europe

China's Bright Food looks to Europe | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
China's state-owned food giant Bright Food has made some big overseas acquisitions including in Italian olive oil and Israeli dairy, but it is hungry for more.
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The foreign takeover of British firms due to increasing globalisation is a potential threat to UK manufacturing

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HSBC 'helped clients dodge tax'

HSBC 'helped clients dodge tax' | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
HSBC, Britain's biggest bank, helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, thousands of documents seen by BBC Panorama show.
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Issues on business ethics 

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Waterstones reduces losses despite dip in sales

Waterstones reduces losses despite dip in sales | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Britain’s biggest bookshop chain narrowed losses to £3.8m in 2014, while sales slipped by 5.9%
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The world's inequality in 50 seconds

The world's inequality in 50 seconds | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
A 50-second video explaining how global wealth has resulted in both more and less equality, as part of the BBC's A Richer World season.
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Useful on the size of growth in emerging markets and opportunities for niche providers for the super rich

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BBC News China growing middle class on their biggest brands - YouTube

BBC News China growing middle class on their biggest brands
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Would you let your firm microchip you?

Would you let your firm microchip you? | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
A hi-tech office in Sweden offers to implant microchips under the skin of staff in bid to make some simple tasks easier.
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An impact of new technology in the workplace

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How Apple made 'biggest profit ever'

How Apple made 'biggest profit ever' | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
US technology giant Apple has reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company.
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How much tax should big firms pay?

How much tax should big firms pay? | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Apple's recent record profit has raised the question again of how much tax should the world's biggest companies pay?
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Alibaba's earnings worry investors

Alibaba's earnings worry investors | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Shares in Alibaba have plunged almost 9% after the Chinese e-commerce giant's quarterly earnings report showed weaker-than-expected sales growth.
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Business Boomers: Coffee Shop Hot Shots

Business Boomers: Coffee Shop Hot Shots | Royal Russell Business Studies Unit 4 | Scoop.it
Looking at why the nation became obsessed with coffee shops.
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