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....“This move by Sainsbury’s represents a tip in the balance back to the powerful retailers,” says Sophi Tranchell, managing director of Divine Chocolate, the highly successful ethical trading company part-owned by tens of thousands of cocoa farmers in Ghana. Fairtrade took off as an idea in the 1980s as awareness grew in Europe that small farmers in developing countries were being ripped off by a grossly unfair global commodity trading system which perpetuated poverty and penalised the poorest. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The Treasury has been itching to abolish direct payments for years, believing agriculture should be treated the same as any other part of the economy – that is, British farmers must be competitive in international markets without subsidy. But take subsidies away, and only the largest-scale and most intensive greenhouse-gas-generating British producers are able to compete in globalised commodity markets. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“All of the top 10 performing stocks have significant international earnings which have helped propel their stock price performance thanks to weaker sterling,” Khalaf said. “There are other factors at play too however; for instance commodity producers Glencore and Antofagasta have benefited from price rises in the stuff they dig out of the ground. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Brexit could destroy the UK's food and farming industry – or be the making of it | Felicity Lawrence image
.... The Treasury has been itching to abolish direct payments for years, believing agriculture should be treated the same as any other part of the economy – that is, British farmers must be competitive in international markets without subsidy. But take subsidies away, and only the largest-scale and most intensive greenhouse-gas-generating British producers are able to compete in globalised commodity markets. ...
Move by UK supermarkets threatens to bring Fairtrade crashing down image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:02:13 PM
....“This move by Sainsbury’s represents a tip in the balance back to the powerful retailers,” says Sophi Tranchell, managing director of Divine Chocolate, the highly successful ethical trading company part-owned by tens of thousands of cocoa farmers in Ghana. Fairtrade took off as an idea in the 1980s as awareness grew in Europe that small farmers in developing countries were being ripped off by a grossly unfair global commodity trading system which perpetuated poverty and penalised the poorest. ...
One year on from Brexit vote: business's winners and losers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:01:08 PM
....“All of the top 10 performing stocks have significant international earnings which have helped propel their stock price performance thanks to weaker sterling,” Khalaf said. “There are other factors at play too however; for instance commodity producers Glencore and Antofagasta have benefited from price rises in the stuff they dig out of the ground. ...
Rio Tinto bidding war: Glencore offers US$100m more for Australian coalmines image
....Glencore, which in 2016 had revenues of US$177. 4bn, in May approached the US agribusiness firm Bunge about a possible combination, a sign the firm had turned a corner after a two-year slump in commodity prices. ...
China trade healthier than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 08:22:28 AM
....Much of China's growth since the financial crisis has come from massive government-led stimulus spending on infrastructure. But the rise of zombie factories and ghost cities, an increase in capital outflows and the collapse in commodity prices seem finally to be taking their toll. ...
The global economy can recover faster if we avoid the obvious pifalls | Nouriel Roubini image
.... The second episode, in January-February 2016, also stemmed from concerns about China. But investors were also increasingly worried about stalling US growth, collapsing oil and commodity prices, rapid interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve, and unconventional negative-rate monetary policies in Europe and Japan. ...
Disappointing US jobs figures knock markets off peak image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 05:47:06 PM
....Investors shrugged off continuing weakness in the pound as the Conservative lead over Labour continued to narrow in the latest opinion polls. But the FTSE 100 underperformed compared with its European counterparts, thanks to a slide in the oil price hitting commodity companies. ...
Juice wars image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 11:33:15 PM
.... More than 95% of its production is shipped abroad, the majority of it in the form of orange juice. So when there are fluctuations in the exchange rate, the price of the commodity or changes in habits abroad, manufacturers have nowhere else to sell their product. ...
Mongolia gets financial aid totalling $5.5bn from IMF image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:51:17 AM
....In return, Mongolia agreed to cut spending and raise taxes as well as build a stronger network for its financial services. The resource-rich nation suffered a slowdown after commodity prices collapsed, and demand slowed. ...
The economy is stagnant because people fear for the future | Robert Shiller image
.... Most of these stories are about economic variables. In 1933, at the very bottom of the depression, record highs were reported for oil production; wheat, gold and commodity-exchange-seat prices; cigarette consumption; postal deposits; sales or profits of individual companies; and so forth. ...
FTSE 100's record-breaking streak continues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 09:33:01 AM
....03 points after nine days of gains. Confidence in the outcome of the UK election and a recovery in commodity stocks helped lift the index, analysts said. ...
UK inflation rate at highest level since September 2013 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 08:32:29 AM
.... . "Survey data are already showing companies' costs are rising at a slower rate than earlier in the year, and recent weeks have seen some easing in global commodity prices, notably oil. ...
Tory claims over energy price cap are just hot air | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 06:46:24 PM
.... For 20 years, they’ve run a business model that gives loyal customers the worst prices – a “tease and squeeze” tactic. The regulatory system may have encouraged them down this route, but the companies cannot be surprised that so many people think it odd that there are differences of £200 or more between the same company’s standard rate and fixed tariff for a commodity product. ...
UK high street sales weak as shoppers focus on buying essentials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 05:01:52 AM
....”. Consumer spending was boosted by the sharp fall in oil and other commodity prices in 2014 and 2015, which raised the real value of incomes by pushing the annual inflation rate to zero. ...
Three cheers Nationwide for bloodying housebuilder noses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 6th of May 2017 06:00:56 AM
.... An ugly industry has built up among financiers who snap up leaseholds with ground rents, because in an era of a 0. 25% base rate a stream of income guaranteed to go up by RPI – or double every 10 years in some cases – is an extremely valuable commodity. ...
Oil hits five-month low amid warnings of commodities rout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 01:51:47 AM
....“The falls in commodities prices definitely tell us there is some kind of a moderation under way in the global economy and I would advise taking some money off the table at these levels,” said Cliff Tan of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ in Hong Kong. Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney, said: “The commodity optimism of earlier this year looks to be in the process of being completely unwound. ...
Sainsbury’s warns over pay squeeze as profits slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 10:02:09 AM
....The chief executive, Mike Coupe, said the past year had been “one of the most interesting and challenging and volatile years in my working lifetime”. After more than two years of deflation, food and fuel prices are starting to rise, driven by the devaluation of sterling and commodity price increases, and benefiting food retailers. ...
Company profit warnings increase on previous quarter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 08:23:22 AM
....Firms must warn when earnings look like being less than previously expected. The report says profit warnings from industrial and commodity sectors have fallen significantly since the end of 2015, helped by an improving global economy. ...
Let’s move to the Isle of Portland, Dorset: ‘It has its fair share of oddity’ image
.... Isolation and general weirdness: not for everyone. I miss trees (a precious commodity on this blasted isle). ...
IMF shifts from dismal to pessimistic, but has a sharper message about inequality | Greg Jericho image
....Mostly this increased optimism is because Australia exports iron ore, coal and gas. The IMF suggests that our economy will improve along with similar commodity-exporting nations like Norway and Canada. ...
Pound soars and FTSE 100 tumbles after election announcement image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 07:58:19 AM
.... . "The fall in the stock market is not a negative response to the UK election per se, rather it is a knock-on effect of a surging pound, combined with price falls in some key commodity markets, all of which has taken its toll on the heavyweights of the FTSE 100 index. ...
The good stuff image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 11:19:56 PM
.... . "I saw firsthand the huge amount of money that gets passed from one big conglomerate to another, buying and selling the cheap commodity of our attention online," she says. ...
UK retail sales fall again as rising living costs bite image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 11:01:12 PM
....2% on a total basis, which does not adjust for the effect of store openings. “This marginal growth in food was bolstered by slightly higher shop prices following increases in global food commodity costs and a weaker pound,” said the BRC’s chief executive, Helen Dickinson. ...
Snack attack! Doritos and Coco Pops among latest products to shrink in UK image
....3% in the last three months, according to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel. A spokesperson for Peperami said: “Peperami is manufactured in mainland Europe and has been subject to rising commodity costs and foreign exchange pressure due to significant currency fluctuations. ...
UK businesses welcome May's free trade call but warn of no-deal Brexit disaster image
....Sterling has fallen sharply since the referendum, although the FTSE 100 share index of leading companies has risen more than 19%. The increase in the FTSE 100 is primarily due to companies who export from the UK benefiting from the fall in value of the pound as well as miners and energy companies benefiting from a global rise in commodity prices. ...
The Guardian view on house prices: the government lacks the political will to fix the broken market | Editorial image
....The biggest problem is a land market that serves landowners and developers at the expense of buyers. Land is a fixed commodity and a public good: its sale should be highly regulated. ...
Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says image
.... Responsible employers need to ensure they encourage flexibility and adaptability in their people so we are all ready for the change. “In the future, knowledge will be a commodity so we need to shift our thinking on how we skill and upskill future generations. ...
Asian shares drop as investors fear Trump won't deliver on promises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:23:59 AM
....38% hit last Wednesday when the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates. Gold was on track to extend its overnight strong performance with the precious commodity perched comfortably at a two-week high of $1,248 per ounce. ...
Rising prices set to push inflation over 2% Bank of England target image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:59:43 PM
....Howard Archer of consultancy IHS Markit predicts that Tuesday’s figures will confirm the rising trend for inflation: “Inflation is expected to have been lifted in February by significantly increased food prices. We expect consumer price inflation to trend markedly higher over the coming months, as sterling weakness increasingly feeds through, and overall higher oil and commodity prices impact. ...
Andy Warhol portrait of Mao goes on auction in Hong Kong image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 05:33:27 AM
.... . The portraits immortalised the founder of China's Communist Party as a pop art commodity in the vein of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Campbell soup. ...
Stock markets soar across Europe as FTSE clocks up new high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 06:58:16 PM
.... It toned down previous guidance on future rises though, and that weakened the dollar. The fall in the US currency helped to power a rally in commodity prices, which boosted the many mining stocks in the FTSE 100. ...
Anglo American soars as billionaire buys 12% stake image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 09:20:01 AM
Sainsbury's warns over 'uncertain' impact of pound's Brexit slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:22:39 AM
....Sainsbury’s has warned that the impact of cost pressures from the post-Brexit vote decline in the pound remains uncertain as it reported a slight fall in sales at its supermarkets. The UK’s supermarket chains are facing higher import costs following the fall in the pound against the dollar and the euro since the June referendum, as well as some commodity price rises. ...
Obesity crisis image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:04:40 AM
.... . When he was growing up in the 1960s, vegetable oil was still a precious commodity and used sparingly. ...
Top executives may be brilliant – but their pay's about timing and luck image
.... The point, though, is that the V-shaped passage of Anglo’s share price in the past two years has boosted the value of Cutifani’s share awards in a manner that seems perverse. Anglo was worst performing FTSE 100 stock in 2015 but became the best performing in 2016 as commodity breezes changed direction violently. ...
The Scottish economy has strengths – but could it make a success of independence? | Larry Elliott image
....Having its own currency and setting its own interest rates would make it easier for Scotland to adjust to gyrations in the oil price and to cope with its budget deficit. A crash in commodity prices – of the sort seen in 2014-15 – would result in borrowing costs being cut and the currency falling in value. ...
US interest rate rise to deepen debt crisis in developing world image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 07:00:26 AM
. Developing countries are struggling with steep rises in their debt payments after being hit by a double whammy of lower commodity prices and a stronger dollar, with more pain to come once the US central bank raises interest rates this week, campaigners warn. ...
The farming revolution that aims to bring free-range milk to Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:05:09 AM
.... “Consumers spend more time studying bottled water than they do milk. It’s been made into a commodity. ...
China sees first monthly trade deficit in three years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 09:19:40 AM
....China has reported its first monthly trade deficit in three years, after imports surged and a slowdown during the Lunar New Year holidays hit output. Higher commodity prices and domestic demand were credited with pushing February's imports up 38. ...
Brazil's recession worst on record image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 01:00:14 PM
....6% in 2016, meaning it is now 8% smaller than it was in December 2014. The country has been hard hit by the fall in commodity prices and an internal political crisis that has undermined investor confidence. ...
Australia goes 25 years without recession image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 02:18:44 AM
....Capital Economics chief Australia economist Paul Dales said the economy was firmly "back on track". "The decent rebound in real GDP in the fourth quarter doesn't just dash any lingering fears that Australia was in a recession, but it also boosts hopes that the surge in commodity prices will trigger a rapid recovery," he said. ...
Australia avoids recession as GDP grows 1.1% in December quarter image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 12:43:59 AM
....Dales warned that recent falls in building approval meant dwelling investment may soon fall and record low wage growth would lower household spending. “In other words, the boost to national income from higher commodity prices will mostly boost profits rather than activity. ...
‘Housing should be seen as a human right. Not a commodity’ | Patrick Butler image
....It’s not the most extreme example, but Canaletto typifies what Farha calls the “financialisation” of housing, a phenomenon common to cities like London, Sydney and Vancouver, which have seen the construction of swaths of hyper-expensive real estate, often in “regenerated” neighbourhoods. It is housing disconnected from its social function, she says; housing as a commodity. ...
Business rates: this toxic row will return unless we find a fairer alternative | Nils Pratley image
....5% fall in the share price was overdue. The mining industry’s new problem is how to distribute the spoils of the rebound in commodity prices. ...
Shoppers set to DITCH big brands & switch to cheaper own-label produce if food prices rise image
.... . Other food manufacturers have followed suit, with Unilever hitting the headlines in the Marmitegate spat with Tesco, and rival Premier Foods admitting it is considering rises in recommended selling prices across its branded portfolio in response to the devalued pound and commodity prices. ...
Supermarkets ration lettuces after poor weather hits growers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 06:59:03 PM
....Photos of Tesco’s signage were posted on Twitter and Instagram. Retail expert Steve Dresser tweeted: ‘Lettuce becoming a commodity! Usually 50p each. ...
UK industry is on a roll – but inflation could send it on the slide | Larry Elliott image
....Perhaps even more worrying are the signs that manufacturers are starting to pass on increases in fuel and raw material costs to their customers. The past six months have brought an end to the disinflationary period that began with the sharp fall in oil and other commodity prices in 2014. ...
Smoot and Hawley, the ghosts of tariffs past, haunt the White House image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 12:00:23 PM
.... A wave of land speculation followed and farmers took on debt as they looked to expand production. By the early 1920s farmers had found themselves heavily in debt and squeezed by tightening monetary policy and an unexpected collapse in commodity prices. ...
Banks are moving workers, inflation is up. Project Fear is coming true | Simon Jenkins image
.... But soon the cries of those with most to lose from a hard Brexit will become more shrill. Not just the bankers but commodity importers, fuel-dependent factories, universities, all for whom free movement of goods and services has been real money. ...
Mining firm hopes to extract lithium from Cornwall's hot springs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 11:00:43 AM
....The presence of lithium in underground hot salty springs in Cornwall has long been known but until now the water was regarded as a nuisance because it flooded tin mines, rather than as a business opportunity. Now that lithium is increasingly being used in batteries for electric cars and for power storage, the salty water is potentially a hugely valuable commodity that could boost the Cornish economy and create much-needed new jobs. ...
Mr Kipling maker's shares in exceedingly sharp fall as profits sliced image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 03:09:46 PM
.... City analysts had pencilled in trading profits of £130m and adjusted pre-tax profits of £86m. The food producer blamed rises in commodity prices in the past 12 months. ...
Top bosses question benefits of globalisation, PwC survey finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of January 2017 06:30:16 PM
....The findings reflect the better than expected performance of the economy since the EU referendum last June and will be welcomed by Theresa May before her speech on Tuesday outlining the government’s aims in the Brexit negotiations. A year ago, confidence across the globe was dented by plunging commodity prices, falling stock prices and concerns about a slowdown in China. ...
Food prices to soar after sterling collapse, warn retail chiefs image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....2 per cent to 1. 4 per cent in November, because of the pound’s crash and rising food commodity prices. ...
Toblerone maker to hike price of Cadbury's Freddo bars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 05:00:24 PM
.... Rival Mars has also shrunk its sharing bags of Maltesers by 15% as it looks for ways to offset rising production costs. Mondelēz said rising commodity costs and recent foreign exchange pressures meant its food products were becoming more expensive to make. ...
A new stock market bubble? Neil Woodford may have a point image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 03:21:32 PM
....He hunted for that value in some rotten places, such as Capita and Next, but he makes a fair statistical point. The market went crazy for oils and commodity stocks last year, sectors avoided by Woodford’s £9. ...
World Bank predicts 2.7% global economic growth in 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 09:00:21 PM
....For emerging market and developing economies, the rise in interest rates in the US and the strengthening dollar also led to a "notable tightening of financing conditions" - which means credit that is either more expensive or harder to get. But the Bank still expects growth to accelerate in these countries, partly due to higher commodity prices, such as oil and metals, which many of them export. ...
Trump and Brexit put global economic growth at risk, World Bank says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 09:00:00 PM
....Announcing the findings of its annual Global Economic Prospects (GEP), the bank said global growth had failed to meet its forecast every year since 2011. A sluggish performance by the US and recessions in large commodity-dependent economies kept expansion in the world economy to 2. ...
Prices of Oxo, Bisto and Mr Kipling to rise after pound's Brexit plunge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:38:42 PM
....Sources familiar with the situation said price rises would be considered on a “case by case” basis, rather than across the board, and would only be imposed as a “last resort”. The pound has fallen by about 18% against the dollar and 12% against the euro since the UK voted for Brexit last June, which makes imported ingredients more costly, exacerbating high commodity prices. ...
FTSE 100 closes at new high in longest-ever winning streak image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:19:08 PM
.... A weak pound boosts their dollar revenues and profits and makes their goods more competitive. A stable performance from the UK economy despite the dire warnings ahead of the EU referendum also provided support for the market, and a recovery in the oil price was another factor in the rise of commodity companies. ...
Morrisons enjoys some 'remarkable' Christmas cheer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 08:05:01 AM
....2% in the 12 weeks to 1 January, the first inflation in just over two years, according to market data released by Kantar Worldpanel on Tuesday morning. But Trevor Strain, finance director of Morrisons, said: “Despite commodity pressures, our Christmas basket was still very competitive. ...
Australia predicts dramatic fall in iron ore prices image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 01:39:00 AM
....Australia is the world's biggest supplier of iron ore and shares in the country's main mining companies fell after the report was released. Hardest hit was Fortescue Metals which fell more than 3% in early trade, while commodity giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto also saw their shares prices drop. ...
Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 03:16:58 PM
....“However, we expect the general trend in inflation to be upwards over 2017. The magnitude of the exchange rate movement and commodity price rises combined with the increasing costs of doing business means that retailers will have little choice other than to pass on some of these rising costs into prices but the effect will be lessened by the intensity of competition. ...
Stock markets: the Guardian's share tips for 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 07:00:47 AM
.... At least there was an element of knowing where we stood, in the near term at least. In a volatile 12 months, the FTSE 100 slumped to three-and-a-half-year lows in February on fears of a global economic slowdown, recovered, then fell sharply but briefly following the EU referendum vote, before hitting new heights as a drop in the pound boosted the index’s overseas earners and a rise in oil prices lifted commodity companies. ...
Observer business agenda’s review of the year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 09:00:02 AM
....Still, some shareholders and analysts accuse Sky of selling on the cheap, pointing out that the shares were at the offer level as recently as February. Considering he has made a habit of topping “not-so-rich” lists since floating Glencore in 2011, 2016 was a stellar year for the commodity trader’s second-largest shareholder and chief executive, Ivan Glasenberg. ...
FTSE 100 soars to new closing high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 07:35:58 PM
.... That rise means the worth of the 100 most valuable companies listed in London has jumped by about £230bn this year. Mining shares have been the star performers in 2016, after suffering major losses in 2015 when commodity prices crashed. ...
Israel arrests Beny Steinmetz associate in Guinea investigation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 06:08:33 PM
....In recent years, however, the reserves have been the subject of litigation between some of the world’s most powerful minining corporations, including Rio Tinto and Vale as well as BSGR. Currently, with a global oversupply of iron ore and low commodity prices, the mining project is stalled. ...
Brexit and price hikes push up the cost of Christmas for Britons image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of December 2016 08:00:17 AM
. The Brexit blow to the pound coupled with commodity price hikes is squeezing Britons’ Christmas spending power this year. ...

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