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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.

December 4, 2013

Swedish family empire H&M has been granted approval from the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board to launch its stores in the South Asian country, the government announced on Monday.

Swedish family empire H&M has been granted approval from the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board to launch its stores in the South Asian country, the government announced on Monday.

The 7.2 billion rupee (€85 million) investment will allow the fast-fashion giant to create a wholly-owned subsidiary in the country, where it has previously said it plans to open 50 stores.

September 20, 2011

One can’t help but be fascinated by IKEA. Whether due to a sense of bewilderment that so many millions of people are willing to subject themselves to the bizarre torture of the IKEA shopping process. Or the mystery surrounding the popularity of their restaurant meatballs, which even have their own Facebook page.

One can’t help but be fascinated by IKEA.

Whether due to a sense of bewilderment that so many millions of people are willing to subject themselves to the bizarre torture of the IKEA shopping process. Or the mystery surrounding the popularity of their restaurant meatballs, which even have their own Facebook page.

June 6, 2011

The world’s largest retailer, family-controlled Walmart, announced on 3 June that it will buyback company shares, a move that will increase the Walton family’s stake in the business.

The world’s largest retailer, family-controlled Walmart, announced on 3 June that it will buyback company shares, a move that will increase the Walton family’s stake in the business.

At the Arkansas-based group’s 41st annual shareholders meeting, the company announced that it will buyback $15 billion shares from investors – a continuation of last year’s $13 billion share repurchase.

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