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January 26, 2012

Last year was a tumultuous time for markets on the back of fears of a second recession, but some family businesses look to have weathered 2011 remarkably well, reporting record revenues and profits.

Last year was a tumultuous time for markets on the back of fears of a second recession, but some family businesses look to have weathered 2011 remarkably well, reporting record revenues and profits.

Take for example the Bosch Group, the German car parts supplier controlled by descendants of the founding family. Revenues at the Stuttgart-based family business exceeded €50 billion for the very first time last year, according to preliminary figures released by the company this week.

September 1, 2011

Manchester United, the British football club owned by the Glazer family, made a record operating profit of £110 million last season, buoyed by higher match day and media revenues, as well as new sponsorship money.

Manchester United, the British football club owned by the Glazer family, made a record operating profit of £110 million (€124.69) last season, buoyed by higher match day and media revenues, as well as new sponsorship money.

April 27, 2011

India’s third-largest software exporter, family-controlled Wipro, announced on 26 April that its total revenues for 2010 saw a rise of 15% year-on-year, while fellow family-controlled automobile maker Ford reported its best first quarter results in 13 years.

India’s third-largest software exporter, family-controlled Wipro, announced on 26 April that its total revenues for 2010 saw a rise of 15% year-on-year, while fellow family-controlled automobile maker Ford reported its best first quarter results in 13 years.

Wipro, which also manufactures consumer goods and electrical products, said that its total sales rose to $6.98 billion from $6.11 billion the year before. The company’s consumer care segment contributed 9% to the total revenue, while its IT services sector accounted for 76% of the revenues.

March 31, 2011

Family-controlled fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz announced on 31 March that its net profits for the first quarter ending February 2011 fell by 30% compared with the same period last year, due to “external factors”.

Family-controlled fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz announced on 31 March that its net profits for the first quarter ending February 2011 fell by 30% compared with the same period last year, due to “external factors”.

The Stockholm-based retailer said that its net profits for the quarter fell to $414 million from $594 million the year before. It attributed this drop to negative currency effects, high cotton prices and an increase in transportation costs.

February 23, 2011

Family-controlled retail giant Walmart announced on 22 February that its sales for the fourth quarter had grown despite seeing a slowdown in its US home market.

Family-controlled retail giant Walmart announced on 22 February that its sales for the fourth quarter had grown despite seeing a slowdown in its US home market.

In a statement, the Arkansas-based retailer said that revenues rose by 2.5% to $115.6 billion while its profits increased by 27% for the fourth quarter. This rise was attributed to the company’s strong operations of Walmart International and Sam’s Club, while emerging markets too had seen a boost with every country contributing to an increase in sales.

February 18, 2011

Family-controlled luxury goods company, PPR, announced on 17 February that group head Francois-Henri Pinault will take direct control of the luxury business group, amid an announcement of a rise in the company’s profits.

Family-controlled luxury goods company, PPR, announced on 17 February that group head Francois-Henri Pinault will take direct control of the luxury business group, amid an announcement of a rise in the company’s profits.

The Paris-based company said in a statement that the luxury business group, which includes Gucci, Bottega Veneta and YSL, will report directly to Pinault, second-generation head of PPR, and the individual brands will continue to retain autonomy under its respective directors.

February 10, 2011

The year has started on a positive note for family-controlled carmakers, with BMW, Audi and Peugeot Citroen reporting a rise in sales. Helped by surging demand not just in emerging markets, but also the developed world, it has raised hopes that the worst of recession may be running its course for the automobile sector.

The year has started on a positive note for family-controlled carmakers, with BMW, Audi and Peugeot Citroen reporting a rise in sales. Helped by surging demand not just in emerging markets, but also the developed world, it has raised hopes that the worst of recession may be running its course for the automobile sector.

February 2, 2011

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced on 3 February that its full-year net profits rose by 11% year-on-year, despite putting into place a cost saving restructuring program.

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced on 3 February that its full-year net profits rose by 11% year-on-year, despite putting into place a cost saving restructuring program.

In a statement, the family-controlled company said that its profits increased in 2010 to 8.67 billion Swiss francs (€6.71 billion), from 7.78 billion francs the year before. However, its sales for the year reduced by 3%, attributed to the poor performance of its flu drug Tamiflu.

January 14, 2011

Ikea, the Swedish retailing giant owned by the Kamprad family, announced on 14 January that its net profit for 2010 had increased by 6.1% year-on-year, but said it plans to expand cautiously in 2011.

Ikea, the Swedish retailing giant owned by the Kamprad family, announced on 14 January that its net profit for 2010 had increased by 6.1% year-on-year, but said it plans to expand cautiously in 2011.

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