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....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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... Isolation and general weirdness: not for everyone. I miss trees (a precious commodity on this blasted isle). ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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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. ...
De Beers diamond sales slow after India's cash crackdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 08:50:58 AM
. Anglo American has said demand at its latest De Beers diamond sale showed a slowdown in response to India’s withdrawal of high-value banknotes, but was still higher than a year ago when commodity trade was slumping. ...
Oil price surges as Opec and non-Opec members agree deal to cut output image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 10:23:31 AM
.... Bond yields are falling on the expectation that the dearer oil price will feed through to higher inflation. Meanwhile commodity companies were among the biggest gainers on the stock market, with Royal Dutch B shares more than 3% higher and BP 2% better. ...
Glencore buys stake in Russian state oil firm Rosneft image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 07:23:59 PM
....It is unclear how much of the latest deal will be funded by Glencore, which has wrestled with a burdensome debt pile that reached $30bn (£23. 7bn) at one stage, amid stubbornly low commodity prices. ...
Australian GDP: economy shrinks by 0.5% in September quarter image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 02:00:59 AM
....“In a sense it should be easier for the economy to grow from here,” Blythe said. “The income drag from falling commodity prices has ended in spectacular fashion with the surge in key bulk commodity prices. ...
Opec doesn’t hold all the cards, even after its oil price agreement image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of December 2016 04:00:26 PM
....Mihir Kapadia, chief executive of fund manager Sun Global Investments, says: “Oil prices are truly on course for a recovery. The first coordinated action by the Opec members in eight years has definitely set a new price outlook for the commodity. ...
It's too late for hand-wringing – globalisation is already dead image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 03:18:19 PM
....6% by the end of August 2016. The blame lies not with commodity price falls, but shifts in trade policy. ...
Oil price surges as Opec agrees first cut in output since 2008 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 05:40:40 PM
.... A meeting with non-Opec countries in Moscow on 9 December has been pencilled in. Al-Sada said the deal was a great success and a “major step forward”, but the news that Saudi Arabia had effectively admitted defeat in its long-running attempt to drive US shale producers out of business was enough to send the price of crude sharply higher on the world’s commodity markets. ...
China's property frenzy and surging debt raises red flag for economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 06:52:01 AM
....5% in the third quarter of 2016, more than twice the share of the year before. But this surge has raised fears that a sharp drop in property prices would cause many new loans to go bad, causing a domino effect on interest rates, exchange rates and commodity prices that “could turn out to be a global macro event”, ANZ analysts said in a note. ...
The 10 lies ​about Black Friday's consumerist circle of hell image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 07:00:27 AM
....Marcos’s shoe fetishism is an example of what Marx called the fetishism of commodities, and which the Frankfurt School thought had become more widespread since their mentor wrote Das Kapital in the Victorian era. What is the fetishism of commodities? When a pair of shoes or an iPhone is sold, it is exchanged for another commodity (money for instance). ...
Brexit vote and Trump's election have created risks for banks, says S&P image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 12:17:28 PM
....”. It added: “A key constraint in our global credit outlook for banks relates to the path of the global economy, which is marked by a sluggish global growth underpinned by China’s rebalancing, the adjustment of commodity exporters to new commodity prices, demographic factors inducing lower productivity growth and geopolitical and political uncertainty. ...
Bringing home the bacon? Price of pork hits two-year high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 07:12:55 PM
....” Vernooij said Britain only produces just over half of the pork it consumes. Food manufacturers and retailers are facing multiple problems as they manage the impact of commodity price swings as well as the weakness of sterling following the Brexit vote. ...
Tesco chief warns brands not to make UK shoppers pay for weak pound image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 06:49:32 PM
....1% on the year, the biggest increase for more than four years. Lewis said Tesco was already seeing inflation in certain categories, singling out pork, with the currency impact being felt “commodity by commodity, product by product”. ...
World could face oil shortage by end of decade, says IEA image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 08:00:13 AM
. The world could face an oil supply shortage by the end of the decade, triggering large swings in the price of the commodity, the International Energy Agency has warned. ...
Cost of cake set to rise, says Mr Kipling maker image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 07:15:13 PM
....The cost of cake will soon be on the rise, Premier Foods, the maker of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has warned as it said the price of ingredients had shot up dramatically in the past few months. Gavin Darby, chief executive of the British company which owns a range of well-known brands, from Bisto gravy to Angel Delight, said the company was already talking to retailers about price rises in specific categories as the price of butter had soared 80%, while wheat and edible oils were up 40% from a combination of commodity price rises and currency exchange rate pressures. ...
Rosneft reports plunge in profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 08:37:25 AM
.... . The sale of the stake is expected to raise £9bn for the cash-strapped Russian government, whose income has suffered because of the fall in commodity prices. ...
Sainsbury’s boss says suppliers should take hit over falling pound image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 09:08:09 AM
....Referring to the election of Donald Trump as US president, Coupe said: “As we see from events this morning we are living in unprecedented times. With currency fluctuations and commodity price differences, [pricing on various products] will play out in different ways. ...
That shrinking feeling image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 07:08:42 PM
...."I think it's going to happen even more," says Ratula Chakraborty, retail specialist at the University of East Anglia. "Manufacturers want to keep their prices low, and inflation is happening, commodity prices are changing, so who is going to pay for it? It will be you and I who pay for it. ...
FTSE 100 boosted by HSBC and some mining stocks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 09:09:16 AM
....90, tracking gains seen elsewhere in Europe and Asia. Shares, commodity prices and the dollar rose after the FBI exonerated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton of criminal conduct on her emails. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of October 2016 05:59:12 AM
....• You work at the pointy end of human problems, which few people can do. This makes you a relatively rare commodity. ...
Egypt seizes 9,000 tonnes of sugar in raids amid shortage image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 09:48:52 AM
. The Egyptian authorities have seized 9,000 tonnes (9,920 tons) of sugar in raids on factories and warehouses, amid a nationwide shortage of the commodity. ...

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