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October 8, 2020

Whatever one’s outlook, there have been times in 2020 when the markets seemed to echo one’s innermost thoughts, and times when we shout out like Falstaff, that the whole world has gone mad. The bulls and the bears have had their time in the sun, and their time on the dark face of the moon—what follows is a digested diary of our journey through the year 2020 so far.

April 30, 2020

Bosch launches rapid Covid-19 test and prepares for global recession, Deichmann manages reputational risk over coronavirus rents, sales-hit Volkswagen reviews all projects as car production resumes.

Bosch launches rapid Covid-19 test and prepares for global recession

Bosch, the family-owned multinational engineering and technology giant, has developed and distributed a test for Covid-19 that delivers results after two and a half hours and is finalising a test that gives a verdict in less than 45 minutes.

February 19, 2020

Walmart is disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%, JCB cuts UK production as the coronavirus hits Chinese suppliers, and fifth-generation US newspaper dynasty McClatchy Co files for bankruptcy.

Walmart disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%.

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business with $524 billion in revenue and an economic bellwether, says holiday sales were weaker than anticipated despite online sales jumping 35% in the fiscal year.

September 6, 2019

Third-generation family business Pernod Ricard has countered criticisms over its shareholder returns and governance from its activist investor with a rise in turnover, a €1 billion share buyback scheme, non-family board appointments and investments in China and the United States.

Third-generation family business Pernod Ricard has countered criticisms over its shareholder returns and governance from its activist investor with a rise in turnover, a €1 billion share buyback scheme, non-family board appointments and investments in China and the United States.

December 7, 2017

Mars moves in on healthy snacks by investing in Kind, VW expects record sales despite emissions scandal, and which cities contain the most ultra-highnet worth people?

Mars moves in on healthy snacks

Mars, famous for its sweet treats, has invested in a $4 billion healthy snack maker, as it diversifies in the face of growing hostility towards sugar-laden foods.

The terms of the deal, which saw Mars acquire a minority stake in Kind, were not disclosed. The Financial Times quoted “people familiar with the matter” as saying Kind had a value of $4 billion and turned over $700 million a year.

August 3, 2017

Richard Branson sells majority stake in Virgin Atlantic, 'Dividend darling' Akka's revenue up 21%, and Pharmaceutical entrepreneur Raymond Sackler dies

Richard Branson sells majority stake in Virgin Atlantic

Richard Branson is to loosen his grip on Virgin Atlantic, selling 31% of the company to Air France-KLM for $291 million(£220 million).

The billionaire, whose flamboyance is synonymous with the Virgin brand, would retain a 20% interest, with US carrier Delta controlling the remaining 49%.

June 7, 2017

Lidl new catwalk for Heidi Klum; EasyJet founder pledges half his fortune; and Ralph Lauren appoints new chief executive

Lidl new catwalk for Heidi Klum

Model Heidi Klum has chosen the aisles of Lidl as her next catwalk, launching a fashion line in conjunction with the discount supermarket.

The range will be released in the chain’s 650 UK and 9000-plus European stores this autumn.

February 28, 2014

Lego's annual results for 2013 have seen it become the world's most profitable toymaker – just a decade after the Danish family firm was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.  

Lego's annual results for 2013 have seen it become the world's most profitable toymaker – just a decade after the Danish family firm was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

Its revenue increased by 10% to DKK 25.4 billion (€3.4 billion), while net profit grew 9% to DKK 6.1 billion – beating nearest rival Mattel, maker of Barbie, by 25%. Mattel's net profit was $904 million (€654.8). 

July 25, 2013

Big family businesses Loblaw and Swatch reported comfortable growth for the first half of 2013 – although Swatch had a tough act to follow after last year's stellar results.
 

Big family businesses Loblaw and Swatch reported comfortable growth for the first half of 2013 – although Swatch had a tough act to follow after last year's stellar results.

Loblaw
The Weston family's Canadian grocery chain, Loblaw, announced revenues of CAD$7.5 billion (€5.5 billion) for the second quarter of 2013 – an increase of 2% compared to the same period last year – and a 14.1% increase in net earnings to CAD$178 million.

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