Marc Sidwell is Managing Editor for City A.M. and the author with Anthony O'Hear of The School of Freedom (Imprint Academic, 2009).
Friday 07 March 2014
IT WAS the tweet heard round the web. The selfie Ellen DeGeneres took during the Oscars became an internet sensation. First, it garnered the most retweets ever: as I write, Twitter reports 3.3m users have recommended it in this way.
Thursday 06 March 2014
THIS was never going to be pretty. Standard Chartered’s shares have trended down since March last year.
Monday 03 March 2014
IT’S NOT just about the Crimea. Attention has naturally turned to Russia’s immediate strategic interest in Sevastopol. But the assumption that this marks the limit of Vladimir Putin’s ambition is a dangerous miscalculation.
Thursday 27 February 2014
YOU DON’T know what it’s like out there. I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results!” Harold Ramis, the writer of the endlessly quotable Ghostbusters, died this week.
Friday 21 February 2014
THE LEGO renaissance is one of the great business stories of our time. A decade ago the Danish firm was on the brink of bankruptcy. It is all different now. Last autumn it overtook Hasbro to become the second-biggest toymaker in the world.
Monday 17 February 2014
BOOHOO.COM’s founders look set to be crying tears of joy this March when the retailer, which specialises in catering to fashionistas, floats on the London stock exchange.
Friday 07 February 2014
AS FACEBOOK turns ten, and with Bill Gates stepping down as Microsoft chairman, it feels like something is drawing to an end. But if so, it is only the end of the technological revolution’s beginning.
Monday 03 February 2014
WHAT is a bookshop for? Waterstones boss James Daunt is staunching the bleeding, as shown by the slowing rate of losses in the latest results. But to cure the patient, he needs an answer to that question. It’s harder than it seems.
Friday 31 January 2014
I FOR one don’t welcome our new robot overlords. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all in favour of the liberating potential of new technology.
Thursday 30 January 2014
LONG live the new king. Sainsbury’s emphasis is firmly on continuity as it announces its new boss.
Friday 24 January 2014
THE LACK of competition among Britain’s retail banks is under the microscope. Yet an important part of the solution is not getting enough attention.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
IT DOESN’T look bullish for UK waistlines that Unilever, the world’s biggest ice cream maker, just recorded its twenty-fifth successive quarter of UK growth.
Monday 20 January 2014
THE HIRING of advisers by Just-Eat sounds like good news for Joanna Shields.
Friday 17 January 2014
FREEDOM isn’t just a rallying call, it is a practical way to transform the world for the better. Letting people make their own choices scorns the arrogance of narrow elites, preferring instead the riches found in every individual’s contribution.
Thursday 16 January 2014
THAT’S not the way to do it. Punch Taverns was well aware of the problem some of its lenders had with its restructuring plan as set out in December last year.
Friday 10 January 2014
HERE’S a new year’s resolution for business: learn to speak human. The state of business language as a whole remains an abiding scandal.
Thursday 09 January 2014
TEARS before bedtime for Mothercare yesterday as a profit warning sent shares down almost a third for the mother and baby retailer.
Monday 06 January 2014
AS WE wait for the Marks and Spencer Christmas trading figures later this week, expectations are that its fashion sales won’t show much sign of festive cheer. If so, it needs to start the new year with a long, hard look in the mirror.
Friday 20 December 2013
IT’S A SHAME all the shopping has to spoil the true meaning of Christmas.
Friday 13 December 2013
I WROTE at the end of November that the rise of the selfie marked the death of the audience and the rise of an age committed to universal self-expression and performance. This week, even world leaders have been joining in.
Thursday 12 December 2013
IS THE smartphone boom tailing off? Imagination Technologies’ acknowledgement of lower (but still strong) growth rates in the smartphone market might seem worrying. Mobiles and tablets have seen exponential growth since 2009.
Monday 09 December 2013
IF YOU need reminding of the grocery sector’s continuing ambition, all you have to do is step outside your office to the nearest supermarket convenience store.
Friday 06 December 2013
ONE OF my earliest memories is of a primary teacher encouraging my class to pray every day for the release of Nelson Mandela.
Thursday 05 December 2013
AHEAD of today’s Autumn Statement, George Osborne got an implicit rebuke over his repeated enthusiasm for raising the banking levy in Standard Chartered’s profit warning yesterday. The bank noted “a significant increase in the UK bank levy”.
Friday 29 November 2013
THOMAS Cook has come a long way in a year, but the travel firm’s new Let’s Go! slogan is still the watchword.