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Investors want to know the exact profit of the firms they own, but they also want the long-term outlook. That is why banks publish their statutory earnings, and their underlying numbers.
After 30 years of “get aht of my pub” and cliff-hanger endings, BBC One celebrated EastEnders longevity with a series of live shows broadcast, culminating in one of the soaps biggest “whodunits?” ever.
Red box at the ready: it’s two weeks until George Osborne delivers his final Budget of this Parliament.
The European Central Bank’s (ECB) version of quantitative easing (QE), which was announced to much fanfare in January, involves the purchase of bonds from both institutions and individuals.
Are we doomed to secular stagnation, to permanently lower rates of economic growth? The debate was sparked off nearly a decade before the financial crisis by the top US economist Robert J Gordon.
James Fillingham is transactions services partner at PwC, says Yes
Following his comments at the recent opening of the OECD’s Economic Survey, it is to be hoped that the chancellor gives North Sea oil companies, their shareholders, and their employees enough reason to cheer when he announces the Budget on 18 Marc
BBC director-general Lord Hall must have thought all his Christmases had come at once. For years, the corporation has been on the defensive about the future of the TV licence fee.
George Osborne should be satisfied with progress in driving forward the British economy, which the OECD applauded last week for its outperformance against other Western countries and its textbook economic reforms.
Dr John Hulsman is president of John C Hulsman Enterprises, says Yes
The latest figures from Europe have been getting better. Let’s hope it lasts.
Sir John Peace is widely admired in the City and until recently held positions as chair of both the emerging markets bank Standard Chartered and the fashion group Burberry.
Last year Mark Zuckerberg, the 30-year-old billionaire creator of Facebook, gave the keynote speech at the world’s biggest mobile conference in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress.
“The Indian economy is a super giant, which moves slowly but surely.” – Arun Jaitley, Indian finance minister.
The business view of Britain’s membership of the European Union is clear: the UK needs to be in the EU and to be fully engaged.
There has been much trumpeting of a change in legislation in the government’s Deregulation Bill that will allow Londoners to participate more fully in the “sharing economy” by renting their homes out on a short-let basis for up to 90 days a year.
Steve Davies is co-manager of the Jupiter UK Growth Fund, says Yes.
THE IDEA that high finance and successful commerce are the enemies of cultural flourishing has never made sense. From the banker-patrons of the Florentine
The US economic recovery is gathering momentum. January’s impressive labour market report showed that the US is in the midst of a long, sustainable upswing that could surpass any other business cycle in the post-1945 era.
It is perhaps the starkest example of the unintended consequences of regulatory reform that it is now so difficult to open a bank account at any UK financial institution, particularly for foreign investors.
The Chancellor and mayor of London set out a long-term economic plan for the capital last week, challenging London’s transport authority and business community to make the case for much-needed infrastructure investment ahead of the next spending r
Steve Davies, education director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says Yes
The Academy Awards have become a (not especially accurate) measure of the UK’s cultural standing in the world.
In these pages on Tuesday, the justice secretary Chris Grayling celebrated the way Britain’s legal sector is leading the world.
There's a good chance that, when you picture the Green Belt, it’s scenes of parkland, forests, and wetlands, thronging with animal and birdlife, that come to mind.
Charles Lewington, managing director of Hanover Communications, says Yes
The Six Nations rugby champ­ionship reaches its half-way point this weekend, it might be worth Guinness considering the commercial opportunity the tourna­ment offers it.
The first quarter of every year brings a blizzard of financial reporting, as companies reflect on the past year’s achievements and (most often) make promises of greater things to come.
The Oscars have come and gone for another year. Winning an Academy Award is very often the basis for either making a fortune or turning an existing one into mega riches.
It's very difficult for companies to thrive and grow without the trust of consumers and employees.
Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg, says Yes
HSBC’s Swiss tax row is a sideshow. It might not feel like that to bosses – chairman Douglas Flint is facing MPs in parliament tomorrow, and chief exec Stuart Gulliver agreed he feels “shame” over the affair.
As a nation, we are bad at saving.
In an age of big challenges, the general election campaign seems to be throwing up a host of small ideas.
This week, more than 2,000 delegates – lawyers, business leaders and ministers from around the world – are descending on London for the UK’s first Global Law Summit.
Angela Eagle MP is shadow leader of the House of Commons, says Yes
There is nothing so dangerous in foreign affairs as being half right. All along, this has been the primary reason I have been far more sceptical about a happy ending to the present euro crisis than conventional wisdom allows for.
Angel investor and entrepreneur Sherry Coutu CBE recently said that “competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies, it goes to nations that focus on scaling companies.”
I returned this past weekend from one of my most exciting overseas business trips so far, visiting the burgeoning international markets of the Philippines, Burma and Thailand.
Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Global Insight, says Yes.
WHO owns the future? With the Eurozone apparently powerless before the once unthinkable prospect of a Greek exit, and with Ed Miliband’s Labour trying to drag British politics back to the 1970s, optimism seems to be as weak as winter sunshine.
Never before has tax avoidance – legally arranging your affairs to lower your tax liability, as distinct from the illegal practice of tax evasion – been used as a political weapon in such a high profile way.
AN OBSERVER coming to study “Europe” with fresh eyes and an open mind might well conclude that there is only one game in town: the ongoing negotiations between Athens, Brussels and Berlin over the Greek bailout.
Andrew Foxall is director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, says Yes
Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the ban on fox hunting, but the positive econ­omic news that came out had many wondering if Labour’s campaign fox had been shot.
PLAC, CRD-4, the FCA and the PRA: but for HSBC, the most important acronym in the banking lexicon right now is KYC (Know Your Customer).
The HSBC revelations have been coming thick and fast this past week, and the bank has had to go so far as to apologise for its previous behaviour.
Few people have anything good to say about the European economy. The pipes, they say, are clogged up – and even if they can be unblocked, they are rusting away.
Are we experiencing a revolution in the way that organisations operate? A recent essay in the Harvard Business Review has caused a stir by claiming that we are.

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