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November 13, 2013

Lagardere reports sales are down, while News Corp, Henkel and Richemont all saw net profits rise for the third quarter – despite currency fluctuations hitting revenues.

Lagardere reports sales are down, while News Corp, Henkel and Richemont all saw net profits rise for the third quarter – despite currency fluctuations hitting revenues.

Lagardere
French publishing, media and travel group Lagardere, controlled by the eponymous family, said sales were down 2.9% to €1.9 billion for the third quarter of 2013, and revenues for the first nine months of the year fell by 1.1% to €5.3 billion.

March 14, 2013

Several European family businesses have posted encouraging results for 2012, with Inditex, Merck, Mercadona and Henkel all reporting strong revenue increases.

Several European family businesses have posted encouraging results for 2012, with Inditex, Merck, Mercadona and Henkel all reporting strong revenue increases.

Inditex
On 13 March, Spanish clothing giant Inditex said revenues for its fiscal 2012 were €15.9 billion – an increase of 16% on 2011's figures.

February 26, 2013

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia.

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia, the New York Times Company put its Boston Globe newspaper up for sale, and UK company Cosalt went into administration.

Berkshire Hathaway/World Publishing

February 21, 2013

CampdenFB unveils its annual Top 50 Family Business Leaders list – the names inspiring their businesses and beyond.

September 5, 2012

Family businesses are showing a strong appetite this week for deal-making, with the Bauers and Lachlan Murdoch taking full control of media companies and Henkel investing in Central America.

Family businesses are showing a strong appetite this week for deal-making, with the Bauers and Lachlan Murdoch taking full control of media companies and Henkel investing in Central America. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s March family has sold a controlling stake in its construction business to a large French company.

August 1, 2012

Second-quarter and half-year 2012 results this week yielded highs and lows for family businesses as Porsche SE and BMW reported major gains while Loews and Saputo saw profits fall. 

Second-quarter and half-year 2012 results this week yielded highs and lows for family businesses as Porsche SE and BMW reported major gains while Loews and Saputo saw profits fall. A number of family businesses, meanwhile, had mixed results, with Fiat posting healthy profits amidst declining sales in Europe and Anheuser-Busch InBev reporting increased revenues for the half year despite a decrease in sales volume.

May 9, 2012

Three family businesses in Europe and Brazil have reported strong quarterly results this week, while Italian media conglomerate Mediaset and Japanese carmaker Toyota have seen their profits plummet.

Three family businesses in Europe and Brazil have reported strong quarterly results this week, while Italian media conglomerate Mediaset and Japanese carmaker Toyota have seen their profits plummet.

In Germany, Henkel, the consumer goods company controlled by the eponymous family, said on 9 May that net profit increased by 30.3% to €378 million during the first quarter of the year, from €290 million during the same period last year.

March 13, 2012

Asian countries have been growing faster than their European counterparts recently. Yet the reverse was seen in the family business sector this week, when five family firms in Europe posted strong results, while one Asian shipping company saw its profits drop by more than 80%.

Asian countries have been growing faster than their European counterparts recently. Yet the reverse was seen in the family business sector this week, when five family firms in Europe posted strong results, while one Asian shipping company saw its profits drop by more than 80%.

December 3, 2011

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally. 

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally.

For eight years in a row, Henkel, controlled by descendants of founder Fritz Henkel, has sponsored the Dakar Rally – which will next take place in January 2012 in Argentina, Chile and Peru.

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