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Twitter extends ad offerings across Europe

August 28 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Twitter is expanding its revenue streams by offering its advertising service in 12 new markets across Europe.

Twitter’s failure to turn profit is now well-publicised, but the company has so far failed to turn things around. The social media giant has now opened new revenue streams by expanding its Twitter Ads service to 12 new markets across Europe.

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Switzerland, Portugal and Ukraine will all get access to the advertising service this year, being able to buy them from local direct sales teams for the first time. It takes the total number of markets where this is available to 35 in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) alone.

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UK car exports hit record rate

August 27 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

The United Kingdom’s car manufacturing industry hit new highs during July pushing the total number of automobile exports past the five million mark.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed an output rise of 2.8 per cent to 132,570 vehicles during July. It took the total number of cars to come off UK production lines to 923,884, a 3.4 per cent compared to the same period 12 months ago. It has also meant exports have passed over five million since 2010, the best start to a decade ever.

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Mexico records stronger than expected growth

August 27 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Mexico reported a stronger than expected rate of growth in the second quarter of the year.

Industrial activity and domestic demand improved over the period and it further shows that the Mexican economy is steadily making progress towards recovery. Data published last week showed a 1.04 per cent increase in GDP in comparison to the first three months of the year. There were also gains in services and industry, which grew at their fastest rate since the third quarter of 2013.

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India to experience 6% growth this year

August 27 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

India’s economy is on track to grow close to six per cent by the end of the fiscal year, according to its department of economic affairs.

Indian economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram said that as things currently stand, India is expected to have expanded by a robust 5.8 per cent at the end of March 2015.

Speaking to officials, the expert explained that the subcontinent’s economy has experienced a much welcome boost thanks to an “uptick in core sectors”. It is positive news, given that previous to this, India had experienced one of its worst slowdowns in years.

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Google marks 10 years as a public company

Ten years ago saw Google venture into new territory, launching as it did on New York’s Nasdaq.

Google was always confident about its prospects – it still is – but nevertheless, with such major financial transitions, you can never be quite sure how things will unfold.

The first day of trading quickly put to bed another apprehension. At the end, its shares had jumped up by a massive 18 per cent, valuing the now public company at $27.2 billion (approximately £16.3 billion).

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Bank of China weighs up European interest in shares

August 22 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Officials from the Bank of China have met with investors from Europe, as part of a wider strategy to sell shares worth billions of dollars.

The move by Bank of China to solicit European investment is seen as another indicator that Chinese lenders are eager to boost cash levels, which is also being realised through the sale of equity and debt.

The move overseas is viewed as the most logical step forward, seeing as it is anticipated that there is going to be a decided lack of demand from Asian investors over the next few years.

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Apple shares hit all-time high

August 22 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Shares in Apple closed at their highest-ever level this week on 19 August, reaching $100.53.

The tech giant enjoyed a 1.4 per cent increase over the course of the day providing it with its best day on Wall Street since 13 September, 2012.

Early-morning trading in New York saw Apple pass through the $100 mark and it continued throughout the day, surpassing the previous record high of $100.27 before the closing bell.

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Switzerland to keep cap on franc until 2016

August 21 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

The Swiss National Bank could keep its cap on the value of the franc until at least mid-2016, a Bloomberg poll has found.

Switzerland’s unique financial and monetary system has kept it in a close relationship with the very different regime within the eurozone. So much so that in the depths of the debt crisis that gripped Europe, Switzerland set a minimum exchange rate to protect the franc from depreciating too far.

Yet it doesn’t seem that the eurozone is recovering quickly enough for the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to risk removing the limit. According to the Bloomberg Monthly Survey of economists, it’s more likely that it will stay in place for another two years.

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Can BlackBerry’s new tech unit save the day?

BlackBerry has announced a new business unit that will hold its key technology assets.

BlackBerry has appeared to have lost in the smartphone market when compared to market competitors such as Apple and Samsung. As for tablets, the PlayBook failed to attract the loyal customer base of Apple and Android rivals. The company has been lagging behind in many respects for a while – so the news that it is combining its technology into a single business asset marks an intriguing change of direction.

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway stock price exceeds $200,000 per share

August 20 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Shares in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway surpassed $200,000 last week, a record high level for the price of one share.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has been one of the best-known names in the business world for many years, but the company truly made history last week.

Class A shares in the firm hit and eye-watering $202,850 each, topping the $200,000 mark for the first time and adding a spectacular $667 million to the investment tycoon’s fortune. This means that Mr Buffett, who is the third richest man in the world, is now worth nearly $66 billion, according to Forbes.

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Coca-Cola buys Monster stake for over $2 billion

August 20 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Coca-Cola has bought a $2.15 billion stake in Monster Beverage to begin a partnership with the energy drinks firm.

Coca-Cola has announced it is purchasing a stake in energy drinks company Monster Beverage to effect the start of a new working partnership.

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Mercedes-Benz accused in China price-fix probe

August 19 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Chinese authorities have said that Mercedes-Benz is guilty of breaching anti-monopoly legislation.

Investigations in China’s automotive industry have taken another victim after, on 18 August, the nation’s authorities said that Mercedes-Benz had violated Chinese anti-monopoly laws.

Audi and Chrysler have already fallen foul of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) this month amid a huge enquiry into alleged price-fixing of aftersales services such as repairs, maintenance and spare parts. The authority has also suggested that up to 12 Japanese manufacturers could face severe penalties in the near future, the Financial Times reports.

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EBay considers accepting Bitcoin payments

August 19 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

EBay’s Braintree could accept Bitcoin, after the firm was revealed to be in talks with enabling companies.

Bitcoin has been growing as a force to be reckoned with in the global economy. Just recently, UK chancellor George Osborne announced that the Treasury would be “exploring” the role the digital currency plays in the UK and whether it should be regulated. Some stores are already accepting Bitcoin as a means of payment – and soon, they could be joined by EBay’s Braintree service.

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What does the future of accountancy look like?

August 18 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Accountancy is a respected profession with great salaries and lots of career prospects. But where is it heading in the years to come?

Accountancy is a great profession that gives you the chance to work in any number of industries around the world. But like other sectors it’s also caught in a state of flux, as regulations change and technology plays an ever bigger role. So what might the accountancy practice of the future look like?

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Job candidate shortage in the UK pushes salaries up

August 18 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

A shortage of talent is pushing salaries higher, new recruitment data shows.

All the recent data has been pointing towards huge improvements in the UK labour market, with employment rising much more quickly than was expected even just a year ago.

But concerns have lingered around the nature of the jobs being created – as more people have gotten into work, wages have largely failed to match inflation and remain far below pre-recession figures.

So new data from KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is particularly encouraging.

 

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London’s FTSE 100 index edges up to lead in Europe

August 18 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

The London FTSE 100 stock index rose last week to move ahead of French and German rivals.

Financial markets can change rapidly. In fact, change is really the only constant in today’s trading landscape. The UK’s top equity index the FTSE 100 has certainly seen some highs and lows in the past few months, but last week’s trading has seen it edge upwards as other European rivals have fallen.

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Lenovo gains show China’s tech muscle

August 18 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Chinese tech giant Lenovo’s profits have shot upwards as the firm eyes further expansion overseas.

Apple might be the best-known name in the computer manufacturing industry, but the price of the Mac range and an abiding preference among many users for different operating systems mean there are a wide range of producers selling lower-cost laptops and PCs.

One of the newer entrants on the scene – at least in the west – is Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, which has risen to become the world’s biggest maker of personal computers. But as its latest results indicate, the company has no intention of resting on its laurels.

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Amazon takes on Square and PayPal in mobile payments market

August 18 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Amazon has waded into the mobile payment market with the launch of its new Local Register system.

Payment technology is developing quickly and as smartphone and tablet penetration grows worldwide, it seems inevitable that mobile payments will be the next great frontier after the rise of credit and debit cards.

That’s why so many companies have tried to break into the market – and now Amazon has waded in.

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Japan economy struggles to cope with sales tax hike

August 15 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Japan’s latest growth figures show that the economy is struggling to manage with a sales tax increase instituted in April.

Japan’s economy had been struggling with stagnant growth and nearly two decades of deflation when Shinzo Abe became president. Last year, Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda – Mr Abe’s preferred candidate for the role – unleashed a huge round of quantitative easing measures in a bid to kickstart the economy and get the country back on the path to growth.

However, as the latest data from the Cabinet Office shows, Japan is far from out of the woods.

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Vocational training is ‘key to fight youth unemployment’

August 15 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Putting vocational and academic study on the same level is vital to reduce youth unemployment, according to a new report.

Youth unemployment has been one of the most serious issues stemming from the financial crisis. Though joblessness among young people is falling rapidly, as it is across the UK, unemployment figures for this age group have remained higher than they are in the UK as a whole.

According to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR), that is because the key lies in furnishing young people with the right skills to pursue their careers.

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Mobile apps can help give SME room to grow

August 14 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Using mobile apps to keep small and medium enterprise (SME) firms efficient can help them reach their growth ambitions.

Technology in all its forms has been a great enabler for entrepreneurs seeking to set up their own businesses. From small online retailers to the massive appeal of social media, startups have turned into small companies and SMEs – and many grown much further – thanks to the internet and other important advances.

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New investment to propel BuzzFeed expansion

Buzzfeed is planning fresh expansion on the back of huge new investment.

From pictures of kittens making friends with ducks to serious coverage of global news, Buzzfeed has become a one-stop shop for a massive base of visitors since it launched. Part of its appeal is that everything from news to the most exciting viral content is found in the same place, making lunchtime reading and procrastination easier for everyone. It’s seeking to grow even further now, after it announced it had attracted a $50 million investment that will support its plans to expand.

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Finance to lead City of London hiring spree

August 13 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

A rise in City of London hiring is set to be driven by a boom in finance recruitment, new data shows.

The UK jobs market is continuing to improve. Successive pieces of economic data have shown more and more people getting into work. Even though wages have not yet begun to match the rate of rising employment, job-hunters still have plenty to smile about. New figures also show that the finance sector is likely to be at the forefront of this recovery.

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Superfast broadband in Britain benefits 1 million

Government officials say that one million homes and businesses have now benefited from the rollout of superfast broadband.

The UK government has announced that its rollout of superfast broadband across the UK has now benefited a total of a million businesses and homes.

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Nestle plans to buy back shares as profits take a hit

August 12 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Nestle is planning a major share buyback programme as it moves to reposition itself against a backdrop of lower first-half earnings.

Nestle is the world’s biggest food group in terms of sales. It casts a huge – and often controversial – shadow over the food industry worldwide and its influence is considerable. But the firm has just announced plans to reposition itself in the market alongside an ambitious share buyback plan.

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