An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China

An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China

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An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China
Terminal value STONECUTTERS ISLAND in Hong Kong used to be a favoured habitat for poisonous snakes and eye-catching birds such as the white-bellied sea eagle. Thanks to Hong Kong’s rapid development, it is no longer so hospitable. Its sky is full of gantry cranes, stacking 20-foot-long shipping containers in multicoloured tessellations, like giant Lego bricks. […]
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Can data predict fashion trends?

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Can data predict fashion trends?
World of wardrobe IN THE film “The Devil Wears Pradaâ€�, the character of Miranda Priestly, whose role is based on a feared Vogue editor, scolds her new assistant for not understanding fashion. Fashion, she tells her, is whatever a select group of designers and critics says it is. What she does not say, however, is […]
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Amazon Copywriting Master Course – Write Copy That Sells [Udemy Free Coupon – 100% Off]

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An action plan for Uber’s next chief executive

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An action plan for Uber’s next chief executive
IT IS said that Travis Kalanick, who resigned as Uber’s boss last month, has been reading Shakespeare’s “Henry Vâ€�. Prince Hal’s transformation, from wastrel prince to sober monarch, is doubtless one he would like to emulate. But as a guide to the ride-hailing firm’s financial dilemma, “Macbethâ€� is the best play. This line especially resonates: […]
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An overhaul of Brazilian labour law should spur job creation

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An overhaul of Brazilian labour law should spur job creation
IN THE litany of bosses’ gripes about Brazil’s inclement business climate, rigid labour laws vie for pride of place with its convoluted tax laws and its licensing rules (on everything from health and safety to protection of cultural heritage). No wonder: Brazil ranks a miserable 117th out of 138 countries on labour-market efficiency, according to […]
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The power of populists

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The power of populists
WITH the defeat of Marine Le Pen in her bid for the French presidency, establishment politicians in rich countries breathed a sigh of relief. The fortunes of extremist candidates have faltered since the populist surge that put Donald Trump into the White House. But it is hard to be confident that this was populism’s high-water […]
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How Donald Trump is monetising his presidency

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How Donald Trump is monetising his presidency
Golf conflict “PRETTY close to a laughing stock.” That is Walter Shaub’s verdict on America’s standing in the world, at least from an ethics point of view, under President Donald Trump. Mr Shaub’s view counts: he stepped down this week as head of the Office of Government Ethics, a federal watchdog. He is leaving his […]
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The fashion industry pays attention to plus-size women

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The fashion industry pays attention to plus-size women
Hot to trot A GOOD fit is everything, stylists often counsel, but in assessing its market America’s fashion business appears to have mislaid the measuring tape. A frequently-cited study done a few years ago by Plunkett Research, a market-research firm, found that 67% of American women were “plus-size”, meaning size 14 or larger. That figure […]
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United Airlines is testing a novel way to bump passengers

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United Airlines is testing a novel way to bump passengers
IT IS a classic traveller’s dilemma: you are waiting in the boarding area for your flight, and an airline employee asks over the loudspeaker if anyone is willing to be bumped in exchange for a voucher. You like the idea of sacrificing the unimportant meeting you were scheduled to attend in return for a few […]
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The Big Mac index

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The Big Mac index
THIRTY-ONE years ago, The Economist created the Big Mac index as a way of gauging how different currencies stacked up against the dollar. The index is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity, the idea that in the long run, exchange rates should adjust so that the price of an identical basket of tradable goods […]
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Why the spectre of a hard Brexit has European airlines worried

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Why the spectre of a hard Brexit has European airlines worried
PILOTS are taught that a too-hard landing is better than a too-soft one. A plane can absorb more shocks than one might think, but a runway is only so long. But when it comes to Brexit Britain’s government seems to differ. And as the deadline for Britain’s secession from the European Union approaches, the spectre […]
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Norwegian might still transform long-haul flying

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Norwegian might still transform long-haul flying
Freddie Laker saw it coming A DECADES-old dream of many low-cost carriers (LCCs), to break into the market for long-haul flights, has also been a long-standing nightmare for executives at full-service airlines, who earn their corn chiefly on such routes. So a series of setbacks for Norwegian, the latest LCC to try its hand at […]
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Millions of things will soon have digital twins

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Millions of things will soon have digital twins
THE factory of the future will be a building stuffed full of robots making robots. A factory in Amberg, a small town in Bavaria, is not quite that, but it gets close. The plant is run by Siemens, a German engineering giant, and it makes industrial computer-control systems, which are essential bits of kit used […]
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The psychic Brexit ballot paper

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The psychic Brexit ballot paper
DR WHO, the long-running British science-fiction hero, has a long-standing device to get him out of tricky situations; a piece of “psychic paper” that lulls the viewer into accepting the doctor’s credentials. Apparently blank, the paper says whatever the Doctor wants it to say. The British government under Theresa May apparently thinks the 2016 EU […]
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The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

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The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants
GULLIVER is rarely fazed by what happens below the line of his posts. Receiving the occasional shoeing from readers—sometimes insightful, sometimes not—goes with the job. And he has certainly found his views swayed by well-reasoned arguments he finds there. But he was truly gobsmacked at the discussion that ensued from a piece last year about […]
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Russian oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov falls from grace, again

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Russian oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov falls from grace, again
HE WAS back in favour, or so it appeared. After spending several months under house arrest in late 2014, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian oligarch, relinquished control of Bashneft, a midsized oil firm, to the state. “If you like another company tomorrow and want to take it, you are welcome,” he told Vladimir Putin at the […]
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Hollywood studios dip their toes in virtual reality

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Hollywood studios dip their toes in virtual reality
For your eyes only OUTSIDE a squat grey building in Santa Monica, the California sun melts the tar. Inside, in a dark room roughly the size of a small shipping container, two men are exploring the world by means of virtual reality (VR). They squash spiders in an abandoned temple, hit a home run at […]
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3 Tips to Create Content And Social Media Marketing That Sells

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3 Tips to Create Content And Social Media Marketing That Sells
With the pressure on financial marketers to demonstrate ROI intensifying, it’s more important than ever to understand the buyer’s journey and create conten Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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A new trade deal between the EU and Japan

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A new trade deal between the EU and Japan
FREE-TRADE agreements have seemed out of fashion as President Donald Trump has set about scotching some of America’s. But on July 5th Cecilia Malmström, the EU trade commissioner, and Fumio Kishida, the Japanese foreign minister, announced they had achieved consensus on a Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (JEEPA). In front of the cameras, they swapped Japanese […]
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China bulks up in cruise-ship construction

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China bulks up in cruise-ship construction
AT FIRST glance the balcony-lined silhouette of the Norwegian Joy, a new cruise ship, looks like any other Western liner moored in Shanghai. But a 333-metre-long Chinese artwork of a phoenix on its topsides signals its distinctive status as the first ship designed especially for China’s expanding cruise market. A pop star, Wang Leehom, christened […]
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What Rosneft’s purchase of Essar’s oil refinery means

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What Rosneft’s purchase of Essar’s oil refinery means
Turning on the loan pipe CONGLOMERATES sometimes sell their least promising units, thereby ginning up returns for the remaining empire. But groups saddled with huge debts do not have that luxury; only by disposing of the most profitable parts can they raise enough funds to satisfy creditors. Such is the story of the Essar Group, […]
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An activist investor bites into Nestlé

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An activist investor bites into Nestlé
NESTLÉ is not easily rattled, to some investors’ chagrin. The world’s biggest food company accounts for about half of all sales of instant coffee, not to mention one quarter of grub for babies, dogs and cats. Thirty-four of its brands, including KitKat and Nespresso, earn over $1bn each. Yet many investors complain that Nestlé is […]
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Awards

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Awards
Adrian Wooldridge, who wrote the Schumpeter column from its inception until the end of last year, won the commentary category at the 2017 Gerald Loeb awards in New York. Anton La Guardia, Edward McBride, Zanny Minton Beddoes, Chris Lockwood, Nick Pelham and Henry Tricks won the breaking-news category for their exclusive on Saudi Arabia’s plans […]
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Flyers may soon have their books and magazines screened

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Flyers may soon have their books and magazines screened
TO THE many invasions of privacy that have become commonplace in air travel—the pat-downs, the hand swabs, the shoe removal, the endless rummaging through luggage by security agents—one more may soon need to be added: the examination of reading material. Last month, America’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ran tests at airports in California and Missouri […]
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El Al can no longer ask women to move seats on religious grounds

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El Al can no longer ask women to move seats on religious grounds
ONE of the more unsavoury airline practices has now been outlawed. In 2015 flight attendants on El Al, Israel’s national carrier, asked Renee Rabinowitz, an 81-year-old holocaust survivor, to move seats after she boarded her flight in New Jersey. An ultra-orthodox Jewish male passenger had objected to having to sit next to her. Haredim, it […]
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Amazon’s big, fresh deal with Whole Foods

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Amazon’s big, fresh deal with Whole Foods
JEFF BEZOS does not like sitting still. In his annual letter to Amazon’s shareholders this year, he warned of “stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death.” Competitors are toiling to avoid the same fate but it is hard to keep up. On June 16th Amazon said it would pay $13.7bn […]
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Etihad allows flyers to bid to keep adjacent seats empty

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Etihad allows flyers to bid to keep adjacent seats empty
THERE are few things that airlines will not now put a price on. Even so, Etihad Airways has come up with an intriguing idea. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier is offering flyers the chance to bid to keep adjacent seats on a flight empty. Passengers can suggest the price they are willing to pay to block […]
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