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Secret sauce: The recipe for the outperformance of Swiss businesses

Business | Secret sauceCommon sense and low taxes make the Alpine nation a corporate havenA-listers from the world of politics, business, academia, media and the arts descended on Davos on May 22nd for the first in-person bash of the World Economic Forum (wef) in more than two years. For over half a century the great and the good have used the annual...

Secret sauce: The recipe of the outperformance of Swiss businesses

Business | Secret sauceCommon sense and low taxes make the Alpine nation a corporate havenA-listers from the world of politics, business, academia, media and the arts descended on Davos on May 22nd for the first in-person bash of the World Economic Forum (wef) in more than two years. For over half a century the great and the good have used the annual...

Supermarket crash: Shares in America’s big retailers swoon

Business | Supermarket crashRising costs catch up with Walmart and TargetWalmart went from strength to strength during the covid-19 pandemic. Its years-long investments in online fulfilment finally began to pay off as virus-wary shoppers swapped aisles for apps. As inflation picked up initially, its “everyday low prices” looked even more appealing than...

Bartleby: Making brainstorming better

Business | BartlebyLet’s pour some thought bubbles into the ideas jacuzziThe word “brainstorming” conjures up a vision of hell. It is someone saying, “Fire up the brainwaves barbecue.” It is trying desperately to work out where everyone else’s cursors have gone on a digital whiteboard. It is hearing the line “there are no bad ideas” and thinking “how...

The great unSPACing: SPACs raised billions. As mergers dry up, we follow the money

Business | The great unSPACingIt hasn’t gone where you thinkAmerican capitalism has a special reverence for large numbers. They can frighten as debt or reassure as backstops. The $260bn raised by special-purpose acquisition companies (spacs) since the start of 2020 lacks the multitrillion-dollar aura of federal debt or America’s pandemic stimulus. It...

A new foundation: Gautam Adani wants to cement his grip on India’s heavy industry

Business | A new foundationAsia’s richest man buys a Swiss-controlled building-materials business for $10.5bnGautam adani is a man of few words but, as Asia’s richest tycoon, plenty of means. On May 15th he agreed to pay $10.5bn for Ambuja Cement, India’s second-biggest cement-maker, controlled by Holcim, a Swiss building-materials behemoth. Mr Adani’s...

Schumpeter: Why America’s clean-energy industry is stuck

Business | SchumpeterBlame in part its climate-friendly presidentAmerica’s clean-energy bosses thought they would by now have more to celebrate. In the presidential campaign of 2020 Democrats tried to outbid one another on climate plans—Joe Biden offered $2trn, Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal was $16trn—as if the nomination would go to the highest bidder....

Supermarket crash: Rising costs catch up with Walmart and Target

Business | Supermarket crashAmerica’s big retailers’ shares swoonWalmart went from strength to strength during the covid-19 pandemic. Its years-long investments in online fulfilment finally began to pay off as virus-wary shoppers swapped aisles for apps. As inflation picked up initially, its “everyday low prices” looked even more appealing than usual....

Trick or tweet?: Elon Musk, Twitter and an epic case of buyer’s remorse

Business | Trick or tweet?The world’s richest man haggles for a discountElon musk recently suggested he might introduce an edit button to Twitter, to let users revise injudicious tweets. He might wish such a thing already existed. Less than a month after tweeting that he looked forward to unlocking the social network’s “tremendous potential” as its...

The Masa seesaw: After a bruising year, SoftBank braces for more pain

Business | The Masa seesawThe Japanese investment group is global tech in a nutshellA year ago, at the height of the pandemic boom in all things digital, Son Masayoshi embodied in the flesh the futuristic promise of global tech. The flamboyant founder of SoftBank Group, a telecoms-and-software firm turned tech-investment powerhouse, reported the highest...

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