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January 12, 2021

The year 2020 will loom large on financial markets for many years to come. As we cautiously make our way out of the crisis, Duncan MacInnes and Fiona Ker review the more startling developments of the last year, share their insights into the ongoing recovery and look ahead to some of key challenges facing investors in 2021.

The year 2020 will loom large on financial markets for many years to come.

As we cautiously make our way out of the crisis, Duncan MacInnes and Fiona Ker, of Ruffer LLP, review the more startling developments of the last year, share their insights into the ongoing recovery and look ahead to some of key challenges facing investors in 2021.

December 6, 2020

Second UK lockdown cost Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales, Red Bull energises Yoovidhya family of inventor with $257 million payout, Lord Bamford gives JCB staff an extra holiday to mark 75th anniversary.

Second lockdown costs Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales

The Weston family-controlled food and retail giant Associated British Foods estimates it lost £430 million ($579 million) in sales while its high street fashion retailer Primark was closed during the latest coronavirus lockdown.

December 2, 2020

The unique shape of the Covid-19 crisis and accompanying recession has meant some industries have thrived while others have dived. In caricature, everyone now uses Zoom and Peloton, while offices and gyms were forced to close.

The unique shape of the Covid-19 crisis and accompanying recession has meant some industries have thrived while others have dived. In caricature, everyone now uses Zoom and Peloton, while offices and gyms were forced to close.

What does the K mean? Online shopping wins, traditional retailing loses. Commercial property such as offices and shops lose, but logistics warehouses thrive. City apartments struggle, suburbs with gardens boom. The digital economy beats everything.

October 23, 2020

Forrest mining family office Tattarang diversifies into apparel brand RM Williams, Ferragamo family denies minority stake sale claim, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior power LVMH rebound.

Forrest mining family diversifies into apparel brand RM Williams

Andrew Forrest, the Australian mining magnate and family office principal, says he is “incredibly proud and humbled” to return a former family business to Australian ownership in a $135 million acquisition indirectly from the French family-owned luxury giant LVMH.

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.

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