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Co-op takeover deals 'destructive'

Co-op takeover deals 'destructive' | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Lord Myners' review of the Co-operative Group has found it spent too much time on takeover deals that proved "breathtakingly value-destructive."

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tutor2u's curator insight, March 14, 2014 3:18 PM

Some great evidence here to help understand how NOT to undertake takeovers and mergers. What a mess the Co-op Group Board have created!

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Morrisons losses force restructuring

Morrisons losses force restructuring | Business Studies | Scoop.it

“ Supermarket Morrisons reports a £176m loss in what it calls a "disappointing year", down from a profit of £879m the year before.”


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Mr Jones's curator insight, March 13, 2014 3:09 PM
Big decisions currently being taken. Are they now looking for the right policy? What does all this say about some of the key decisions made over the last 10/15 years. Has the current CEO got it right! what about shareholder pressure? What do you think of his performance in this interview?
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China economic growth rate stabilises

China economic growth rate stabilises | Business Studies | Scoop.it
China's economy, the world's second-largest, shows signs of stabilising as 2013's 7.7% growth rate matches that for 2012.
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Should KFC Rethink its China Strategy?

Should KFC Rethink its China Strategy? | Business Studies | Scoop.it
KFC China sales dropped 36 percent in April
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Ikea group sees consumer recovery worldwide, posts record profit

Ikea group sees consumer recovery worldwide, posts record profit | Business Studies | Scoop.it
World's leading furniture retailer posts record net profit of 3.3 billion euros and says it sees growth in consumer demand worldwide

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BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | Tesco announces border price cuts

BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | Tesco announces border price cuts | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Tesco has cut prices by up to 25% at 11 stores in the Republic of Ireland near the border with Northern Ireland.
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The rise of 'tax shaming'

The rise of 'tax shaming' | Business Studies | Scoop.it
There seems to be a growing culture of naming and shaming companies that avoid corporate tax. But what impact does it have?
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Which brands are biggest in China?

Which brands are biggest in China? | Business Studies | Scoop.it
China's growing middle class are becoming a bigger consumer of Western brands, with some fast-food chains opening a new branch every day.

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Sheron Karunatilake's curator insight, May 10, 2014 3:52 PM

THREATS WITHIN CHINA

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Dell is latest tech company accused of supplier labor violations in China

Dell is latest tech company accused of supplier labor violations in China | Business Studies | Scoop.it
While media coverage of tech industry labor issues in the Far East often highlight Apple's involvement, other major electronics companies contract with the same suppliers.

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Co-op to lose full control of bank

Co-op to lose full control of bank | Business Studies | Scoop.it
The head of the Co-op Group, Euan Sutherland, confirms that the mutual organisation will lose overall control of the Co-op Bank as a result of a rescue deal.
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Royal Mail workers to go on strike

Royal Mail workers to go on strike | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Royal Mail workers vote to go on national 24-hour strike on 4 November, postal union announces
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McDonald's New Rice-Based Menu For China Is Getting Horrible Reviews

McDonald's New Rice-Based Menu For China Is Getting Horrible Reviews | Business Studies | Scoop.it
"It not only looked terrible but it was too small."

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Catering to Local Tastes, McDonald's Finally Adds Rice to the Menu in China

Catering to Local Tastes, McDonald's Finally Adds Rice to the Menu in China | Business Studies | Scoop.it
mcdonald's has lagged in china while kfc surged with local offerings like fish ball soup. now, mcdonald's is introducing rice on its menu for the first time.

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Huawei sees operating profits jump

Huawei sees operating profits jump | Business Studies | Scoop.it

“ Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei says its operating profit rose by more than 40% last year, helped by sales growth in emerging markets.”


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Mr Jones's curator insight, February 14, 2014 5:24 PM
Interesting that there is controversy about the ownership structure of Huawei. Is it owned by the employees (John Lewis Partnership - Chinese style) or the Chinese government?
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McDonald's Allows More Franchisees in Growth Drive - All China Women's Federation

McDonald's Allows More Franchisees in Growth Drive - All China Women's Federation | Business Studies | Scoop.it
McDonald's Corp's decision to allow investors with 2 million yuan ($329,800) and nine months of training to operate an existing restaurant through franchising could fuel
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New Sainsbury’s chief Mike Coupe invests in controversial ‘tax avoidance’ scheme

New Sainsbury’s chief Mike Coupe invests in controversial ‘tax avoidance’ scheme | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Sainsbury’s new chief executive is a member of a controversial tax avoidance scheme that uses legal loopholes in a way that can reduce tax bills.
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Eurobonds scandal: The high street giants avoiding millions in tax

Eurobonds scandal: The high street giants avoiding millions in tax | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Many of Britain's best-known high street chains are avoiding millions of pounds in tax through the controversial Eurobonds scheme.
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Marks & Spencer under fire over online tax arrangements

Marks & Spencer under fire over online tax arrangements | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Retailer accused of scheme in which goods shipped to Europe from UK are invoiced to Irish subsidiary at lower rate
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Businesses pay more in taxes, despite cut in corporation tax - Telegraph

Businesses pay more in taxes, despite cut in corporation tax - Telegraph | Business Studies | Scoop.it
The annual survey by PwC has found that Britain's biggest companies paid £500m more in tax last year, despite a £2bn drop in the corporation tax take
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Why Tesco struggled to crack China

Why Tesco struggled to crack China | Business Studies | Scoop.it
With nearly 1.4 billion people, China is the biggest consumer market in the world. Yet the supermarket giant Tesco has found it tough to crack the market.

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McNally's curator insight, October 5, 2013 8:44 AM

Explaination of Tesco's decision to sell its Chinese business into a new joint venture with CRE. Left with a 20% stake and had to invest £300m+ into the JV; but at least it limits Tesco's losses in China.

Mr Jones's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:43 AM

Why has it taken Tesco 10 year to refine its strategy? What advantages do they hope for from the new approach? Who paid who in the creation of this new joint venture?

 

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A nice short summary here of Tesco's decision to sell its Chinese business into a new joint venture with CRE. Left with a 20% stake and had to invest £300m+ into the JV; but at least it limits Tesco's losses in China and enables it to focus attention back here in the UK.

Sheron Karunatilake's curator insight, May 10, 2014 3:56 PM

RISKS

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Online fashion retailer Asos launches Chinese website

Online fashion retailer Asos launches Chinese website | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Asos.cn is eighth country-specific website for e-tailer, which operates in 237 countries and has seen soaring sales

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Martin Seery's curator insight, December 30, 2013 3:10 AM

Happy new year, A2 business students!

Mr Jones's curator insight, February 4, 2014 6:57 AM

Most obvious nest move for fast growing ASOS. Will the social media approach that has worked elsewhere in the world be as effective in driving Chinese sales?

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THREATS/ TECHNOLOGY

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What does China own in Britain?

What does China own in Britain? | Business Studies | Scoop.it
China has a lot of money to invest, but how much of it comes into Britain and what is it spent on?

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tutor2u's curator insight, November 4, 2013 3:50 AM

Great data and examples of outward FDI by China - using its massive reserves of foreign exchange as the finance! #buss4 

michael farnell's curator insight, November 26, 2013 1:41 PM

Chinese investment overseas

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Nuclear plant hailed as 'good deal'

Nuclear plant hailed as 'good deal' | Business Studies | Scoop.it
Energy Secretary Ed Davey defends building the UK's first nuclear station in a generation as "a very good deal for Britain" but environmentalists say the money could be better spent on renewables.
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KFC in China: it’s bad, bad, bad

KFC in China: it’s bad, bad, bad | Business Studies | Scoop.it
beyondbrics, from the Financial Times, brings news and comment from more than 40 emerging economies, headed by China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa.

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Burger King looks to take a bite out of McDonald’s in China

beyondbrics, from the Financial Times, brings news and comment from more than 40 emerging economies, headed by China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa.

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