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The business week (21-25 November 2016) in an infographic

25 November, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Bigger cars lead to demand for wider parking spaces | Monday, 21 November 2016

More than 30% of all car accidents in the UK are parking related. While the standard parking space for a car is 4.8m × 2.4m, with more people buying SUVs or other bigger cars the space is not enough. The infographic shows how a Mercedes GLS (doesn’t) fit in a standard parking space.

Kingfisher 3rd Quarter (ending 31 October 2016) Results | Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Kingfisher (B&Q, Screwfix) announced its Q3 results. Worldwide sales were £2,955m; an increase of 1.8% on like-for-like sales. Of the total sales, UK & Ireland’s share was 42.1%, France’s 38.8%a and Poland’s 11.4% . In the UK and Ireland (B&Q & Screwfix stores) the like-for-like increase was 5.8%.

Autumn Statement 2016 – Some Key Points | Wednesday, 23 November 2016

There was lots of anticipation for Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement (which apparently is going to be his last; the Autumn Statement becomes Spring Statement from now on). Tax personal allowance to increase by 4.5% (from £11,000 to £11,500 from April 2017). 4.2% increase of National Living Wage: from £7.20 to £7.50. There will be more public borrowing to cover increased spending.

Gatwick Airport H1 (ending 30 September 2016) Results | Thursday, 24 November 2016

In the first half of its financial year (ending 30 September 2016) Gatwick airport achieved a record-high 25m passengers . Total Revenue was £445.2m; 20% of the revenue comes from retail and another 12% from car parking.

Black Friday in the UK: Facts & Figures | Friday, 25 November 2016

Some facts, figures, forecasts related to Black Friday in the UK include:

  • ASDA, the company which ‘imported’ Black Friday from the US does not participate in the event for a second consecutive year. In 2013, it had sold 10,000 TV sets in one hour of trading
  • According to blackfridaydeathcount.com due to Black Friday related incidents 7 people have died in the US between 2006-2014. Another 98 have been injured.
  • the total sales forecast for this Black Friday in the UK is £2bn
  • Britons spent on shopping £3.74bn (almost double the amount) on 26 December (Boxing Day) 2015
  • Alibaba.com’s revenue on Singles Day in China was £14bn on 11 November 2016.

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 21 November 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Thursday, 24 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016

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The business week (14-18 November 2016) in an infographic

21 November, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Alton Towers workforce: planned redundancies | Monday, 14 November 2016

After a rollercoaster accident left 16 people injured in Alton Towers in 2 June 2015, business have slowed down. 98 employees became redundant earlier this year and there are plans for 70 more redundancies. Currently the company employs 800 people.

easyJet Year (ending 30 September 2016) Results | Tuesday, 15 November 2016

easyJet flew 73.1 million people last financial year (ending 30 September 2016), a 6.6% increase compared to the previous year. Load factor was up by 0.1% at 91.6%. easyJet has a fleet of 257 Airbus 319 or 320 aircraft (6.6% increase). 20% of the bookings were made on a mobile and 12% of its new entrant pilots were female.

The Price of a cup of Coffee around the world – 2016 Coffee Price Index

A recently published research by Service Partner ONE shows that among 75 cities on average the price of a cup of coffee is lowest in Rio de Janeiro. In the same city a Starbucks cup of coffee costs £1.21 while it is £2.80 in London. Heaviest consumption of coffee is in Helsinki with 9.6kg per person annually; lowest in Istanbul: 0.4kg.

Percentage of Internet Retail Sales in Britain: October 2016 | Thursday, 17 November 2016

In Britain, the Internet Retail Sales share in October (value seasonally adjusted – excluding motor fuel) was 15.2%. November is the month with the highest percentage the last years so we expect a new record.

Volkswagen Job Cuts: 30,000 by 2020 | Friday, 18 November 2016

With the emissions scandal still fresh Volkswagen announced on Friday that there will be 30,000 job cuts: 23,000 of them in Germany and 7,000 in Brazil and Argentina. On the other hand there will be 9,000 new jobs mostly in software & development.

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 14 November 2016
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Friday, 18 November 2016

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12 November, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Ferrari Q3 2016 Results & Comparison with Rolls-Royce | Monday, 7 November 2016

Ferrari shipped 1,978 cars in the third quarter of 2016 (July-September) while Rolls-Royce sold 941 cars in the same period. Both brands had higher sales than in Q3 2015.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) Current Stores and Future Plans | Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Marks and Spencer plans to open 200 “Simply Food” stores in the UK, close 53 stores outside the UK (all its stores in: China (10 stores), France (7), The Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) and 60 “full line” stores in the UK. In total, there are 1,382 M&S stores worldwide.

Effect of US Elections / Donald Trump’s win on stock markets | Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Donald Trump’s win certainly had an influence on stock markets. Initially the Asian markets had a decline (ASX 200: -1.9%, Nikkei -5.4%, SSE & SZSE: -0.6%, Hang Seng: -2.2%, NIFTY 50: -1.3%) but then the European ones showed signs of improvement (• FTSE 100: +1.0%, CAC 40: +1.5%). The infographic features a timeline and a mirrored world map to show what happened when.

EU Court rules that Rubik’s Cube shape is not a trademark | Thursday, 10 November 2016

Rubik’s Cube lost  its EU trademark protection; it should be patented instead. It has sold since 1980, 400 million units!

Alibaba’2016 11.11 (Singles Day) Global Shopping Festival | Friday, 11 November 2016

We wrote about Alibaba, the most popular Chinese online marketplace, a week ago when they announced their quarter results. The Singles Day (11 November) seems to be their most important (and prolific) day: this year they had an all-time sales record of US$ 17.8bn. At peak time the website was receiving 175 thousand orders per second!

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 7 November 2016
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Friday, 11 November 2016

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7 November, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Halloween means business | Monday, 31 October 2016

TESCO and ASDA supermarkets were expecting to sell collectively 5 million pumpkins this Halloween, while the total Halloween-related retail spending has been increasing over the years with Verdict Retail forecasting to reach £472m in 2016.

Sony: 2nd quarter (Q2 FY2016, July – September 2016) Financial Results | Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Operating income almost halved (from ¥88.0bn to 45.7bn) compared to Q2 FY2015. Similar (47.8%) was the decline of smartphone sales (6.7m units in Q2 2015 down to 3.5m in Q2 2016).

Alibaba revenue soars in the quarter ended September 30, 2016 | Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Total revenue for the three months ended 30 September was US$5,142m; 55% up from the equivalent period in 2015.

Contactless card payments in the UK in August 2016 | Thursday, 3 November 2016

Up by 30.2% compared to August 2015, there were 97 million contactless debit cards in circulation in August 2016. More than 1 in 5 payments by card were contactless in the same period. On average the amount spent per contactless transaction was £8.97.

Rolls-Royce & MINI (BMW Group) Q3 (July – September) 2016 results | Friday, 4 November 2016

941 Rolls-Royce cars were sold worldwide in Q3 2016; that’s about 10 cars a day. With 89,179 MINI cars sold in the same period, that’s about 970 cars a day. In other words in Q3 2016 every day MINI was selling as many cars as Rolls-Royce sold during the whole quarter (92 days).

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 31 October 2016
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Friday, 4 November 2016

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28 October, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Smartwatch sales drop in Q3 (July-September) 2016 | Monday, 24 October 2016

According to an IDC report from 5.6 million watches sold in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, only 2.7m watches were sold during Q3 2016. During the same period, Apple sold 1.1m watches in 2016 from 3.9m in 2015 while Garmin went up to 0.6m watches in 2016 from 0.1m watches in 2015.

Costa: First half of the year (H1) results (to 1 September 2016) | Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Costa coffee has 3,401 stores worldwide: 2,121 of them are in the UK. It also has 5,970 express machines installed worldwide. System sales in the first half of the year were £841.1m, up by 11.9% compared to the first half of 2015 (£755.4m).

Peugeot unit sales (July – September 2016) | Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Peugeot worldwide unit sales in Q3 (July-September) 2016 were 441,300 (25.6% up compared to Q3 2015). Highest increase was in the Middle East & Africa where Peugeot sold 124,200 cars (up by 408.8%).

UK Car Manufacturing: September 2016 | Thursday, 27 October 2016

77.1% (123,119 units) of the cars manufactured in September 2016 in the UK were exported. The total production was 159,726 cars.

Baidu Q3 (July – September) 2016 results | 28 October 2016

Baidu is the equivalent of Google for Chinese-speaking people. The name of the search engine was inspired by an old (800+ years) Chinese love poem. It literally means “hundreds of times”. 660 million users searched the internet via Baidu in September 2016.

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 24 October 2016
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Friday, 28 October 2016

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21 October, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Betting companies merging | Monday, 17 October 2016

Betting companies were making news in the early days of the past week. On Monday Ladbrokes and Coral suggested to sell 359 betting offices which is a condition in order for the two companies to be merged. On Tuesday on the other hand William Hill decided to stop discussions with Amaya for a potential merger.

DB Cargo UK: 893 planned redundancies | Tuesday, 18 October 2016

On Tuesday DB Cargo announced plans to cut 893 jobs in the UK. The company also reported 33% fall in coal trains and 78% fall in steel trains for the period 1 January to 30 September 2016 compared to the equivalent period in 2015.

Hotel Chocolat: Preliminary Results for the period ended 26 June 2016 | Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The results show that the company goes from strength to strength: 7 new stores, 12% revenue increase and 93% increase of pre-tax profits.

Retail Sales in Britain (percentage of Internet Sales): September 2016 | Thursday, 20 October 2016

Excluding motor fuel 15% of all retail sales in Britain in September 2016 were done via the internet: an all-time record. Most likely the trend will continue.

Mercedes record unit sales (July-September 2016) | 21 October 2016

And we conclude the infographic similarly to last week: car sales. Mercedes-Benz increased its sales by 11% in the third quarter of the year (July-September); that’s 565,600 new cars. Sales in China were 20% up (pretty much same as Volkswagen sales presented last week).

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 17 October 2016
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Friday, 21 October 2016

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14 October, 2016

While the plummet of the pound and the increase of the FTSE 100 was dominant during the whole week, we started the week with music.

Vinyl’s comeback | Monday, 10 October 2016

Inspired by an article in The Economist our graphic was about the vinyl record industry. Main points are that the industry looks strong and that a younger generation (aged 25-34) is the main target audience (33%).

Samsung Galaxy Note7: Production permanently discontinued | Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tuesday was occupied with news regarding Samsung’s smartphone. Samsung announced on the day that Galaxy Note7’s production was permanently discontinued. A timeline article by the BBC was the main source of the infographic.

Monarch Airlines: £165m investment | Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Monarch Airlines flew about 5.7m passengers in 2015. Its load factor is above 80% for the last five years and its fleet of 34 Airbus aircraft is to be replaced by Boeings (737 Max) starting in 2018. The £165m investment it received on Wednesday will undoubtedly come handy.

TESCO vs Unilever: how a 10% increase would affect the price of Marmite | Thursday, 13 October 2016

Thursday was marmite’s day. TESCO and Unilever dispute over a 10% increase on the retail price of the products of the latter kept the media busy. At the end of the day the issue was resolved and the consensus seems to be that TESCO is the winner; so there will be no price increase.

Volkswagen car sales in September 2016: rise thanks to China | 14 October 2016

Volkswagen published today (Friday) sales numbers for September 2016. Worldwide they are 7.1% up (compared to September 2015). In China they bought 382,300 Volkswagen cars, a 20.1% increase compared to the same month last year.

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 10 October 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Friday, 14 October 2016

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