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September 17, 2020

Deepening digital strategy boosts Inditex coronavirus recovery, Mars principal leads charge to overhaul capitalism with social purpose, Billionaire Chuck Feeney goes broke after going big in philanthropy.

Deepening digital strategy boosts Inditex coronavirus recovery

Online sales turbo-charged a V-shaped coronavirus recovery into profit for the digitally innovative Ortega family-owned Spanish fashion giant Inditex, best known for its high street chain Zara.

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.

March 9, 2018

Nordstrom rejects offer from founding family, BMW reports record year despite R&D spend-up, and son moves up at ArcelorMittal

Nordstrom rejects offer from founding family

Nordstrom has rejected an $8.4 billion offer from its namesake family, the latest chapter in the family’s ongoing attempt to wrest back control of the retail giant.

A special committee appointed to consider the $50 per share offer from six Nordstrom family members said in a statement they deemed it “inadequate”.

August 11, 2017

Billionaire faces down tiny fly; Family offices looking to brands, Spanish assets; and Costco founder Jeff Brotman dies suddenly

Billionaire faces down tiny fly

Australia’s richest woman is having her ambitions to export cattle to China foiled by a tiny fly.

Mining billionaire Gina Reinhart wants to ship 300,000 live cattle to China each year, to feed the country’s burgeoning middle class.

July 27, 2017

Demand for meat drives Cargill profits, Armani reorganises as sales slip, and BMW to make e-Mini in UK

Demand for meat drives Cargill profits

Cargill, the US’s biggest private company, has made its largest profit in six years thanks to high consumer demand for meat.

The company’s protein business was the biggest contributor to its $3.04 billion adjusted earnings for the year ending 31 May, up 85% from $1.64 billion in the previous financial year. Net profit was $2.84 billion.

David MacLennan, chief executive, attributed the strong result to a two-year restructuring effort and favourable market.

July 6, 2017

Rothschild boast “record year”; Espresso House acquires Balzac Coffee; and Pinault family buy into luxury fashion house.

Rothschild boast “record year”

Advising the Arnault family on its €12 billion ($13.6 billion) Christian Dior acquisition was among the headline deals that led to a 15% jump in global merger and acquisition (M&A) revenue at sixth-generation Rothschild Group.

The significant rise in global M&A revenue to €875m, helped its global advisory unit achieve record performance for the second successive year and powered the 200-year-old family business to annual revenues of €1.77 billion – an 11% increase on 2016.

June 14, 2017

Walmart staff deliver, Heineken takeover challenged, and Nordstrom family to buy out

Walmart staff deliver

Family business giant Walmart encouraging staff to make online-order deliveries on their way home is a “win-win-win” for workers, customers and the business.

The retailer is attempting to head off competition from Amazon and pitched the idea as a way for staff to make extra money, while the business cuts costs.

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.

September 16, 2015

L.L. Bean, the All-American fashion retailer based in Maine, has closed its 24-hour flagship store to remember third-generation family member Leon Gorman, who died this month from cancer. The philanthropist and businessman was 80.

L.L. Bean, the All-American fashion retailer based in Maine, has closed its 24-hour flagship store to remember third-generation family member Leon Gorman, who died this month from cancer. The philanthropist and businessman was 80.

It is the third time the chain’s Freeport store has closed since its all-hours service started in 1951. The two other occasions were the deaths of US president John F Kennedy and the company’s eponymous founder, L.L. Bean.

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