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October 18, 2018

Uniqlo boss promotes sons to board, Amway hires first chief executive from outside the family, European family businesses embrace innovation to channel growth.

Uniqlo boss promotes sons to board

The billionaire founder of Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo has announced his two sons will be promoted to the board of parent company Fast Retailing.

October 7, 2016

Mars buys out Buffett to take 100% control of Wrigley; LVMH next-gen Alexandre Arnault helps steer RIMOWA acquisition; and Toyota’s personal robot 'Kirobo Mini' signals AI push

Mars buys out Buffett to take 100% control of Wrigley

Mars is to take full control of its Wrigley chewing gum business after Berkshire Hathaway sold its minority stake back to the world’s largest confectionary maker.

According to Reuters, Berkshire invested in Wrigley in 2008 when it acquired $2.1 billion of preferred stock and $4.4 billion of bonds in connection with privately held Mars' $23 billion purchase of the chewing gum maker. 

April 8, 2016

Adult colouring book craze prompts growth at Faber-Castell; Tata patriarch defends sale of UK steelworks; and Mixed first quarter for high street giant H&M

Adult colouring book craze prompts growth at Faber-Castell

A surge in the number of people buying adult colouring books has caused double-digit growth at German writing instruments manufacturer Faber-Castell.

The eighth-generation family firm has been forced to run extra shifts in its factory to keep up with demand, Sandra Suppa from Faber-Castell told The Independent.

Adult colouring books have become a surprise success in bookshops and have sold some 16 million copies worldwide.

March 4, 2016

Winterkorn aware of Volkswagen emission cheating software back in 2014; Heineken announces $2bn spending spree in Mexico; and Brown-Forman shifts focus to US

Winterkorn aware of Volkswagen emission cheating software back in 2014

Volkswagen shares suffered a slight dip, before recovering lost ground, after the carmaker admitted that former CEO Martin Winterkorn was aware of emission cheating software as early as May 2014.

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