|Archive of articles on the Business Studies Blog - July 2006|
The world's most valuable brands
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Building and protecting a global brand is an essential part of the being competitive and successful in markets which have become truly global. A few days ago, Interbrand released its latest survey of global brands and finds that Google is making fast progress in rivalling the likes of Microsoft and Coca Cola as the world’s top brand name
Biggest shareholder revolt at a FTSE 100 company
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Sarin survives shareholder revolt - for now. Just a few months after posting the largest corporate loss in UK history, there was a fascinating example of shareholder activism yesterday with the rebellion of shareholders in the troubled telecoms business Vodafone having a real go at CEO Arun Sarin.
World Cup sends pizza sales soaring
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Dominos Pizza the market leader in the UK pizza market has reported very strong interim growth of sales and profits for the first six months of the year.
Pension costs hit business investment
Monday, July 17, 2006
Is the cost of financing staff pension schemes now really starting to hit business capital investment? That appears to be the message from a CBI survey released today.
EU proposes a maximum price on mobile phone calls
Saturday, July 15, 2006
In a bold move to impact directly on the prices for people using their mobile phones while overseas, the European Union telecommunications commissioner has proposed imposing a maximum price for the mobile phone operators.
Competition in postal services hots up
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
The postal market was opened up to competition at the start of this year and in recent months some of the emerging competitors to the Royal Mail have been winning some large scale contracts to deliver mail.
The prices of school uniforms come under scrutiny
Sunday, July 09, 2006
The Office of Fair Trading is starting an inquiry into the school uniforms markets to see if the current market arrangements give parents value for money.
Profitability of UK businesses
Monday, July 03, 2006
Service industries are now making record profits but manufacturing industry continues to suffer from a long term decline in profitability according to new data released by the Office for National Statistics.
VAT on condoms is reduced
Sunday, July 02, 2006
With typical understatement, the Sun's headline yesterday proclaimed "cheaper sex for Brits" and now that Ingerland have been knocked out of the word cup through the traditional transmission mechanism of the penalty shoot out (classic game theory!), it will come as some relief for disappointed footy fans to find out that from today the rate of value added tax (VAT) on condoms has been reduced from the standard rate of 17.5% to just 5% (the minimum rate allowed under current EU single market rules).
OFT reels in the income from cartel busting
Sunday 25th June 2006
UK competition policy has become noticeably tougher in recent years with the extra powers granted to the two main competition authorities under the new Competition Act.
A new selection of BBC business news clips
Saturday, June 17, 2006
A fresh group of excellent BBC news clips streamed from their business and economics coverage. Typically each clip is around two minutes long and teachers can frequently use these clips to promote discussion of economic issues and get students to engage in debate about some of the issues involved.
Saturday 6th May, 2006
Last night the first programme in a new season of In Business focused on the thorny issue of productivity. Why is it that the UK economy has found it so difficult to increase productivity relative to many of our major competitors both in Europe, North America and the far Eastern countries? Why lies behind this disappointing productivity performance? And, ultimately, does it matter if our productivity isn’t quite at the super-charged levels that other countries seem able to sustain?
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