UK economy

Is the department store doomed? Don’t count on it

Department stores, including House of Fraser, Debenhams and others, are in trouble. But history shows this retail format has the capacity to reinvent itself and bounce back, says Max King.

The new scramble for Africa

Britain’s prime minister took a trip to Africa – but its leaders headed to Beijing. Emily Hohler reports.

Brexit: May braces for a new assault

Brexit battles are resuming after Parliament’s summer break. Matthew Partridge reports.

Why our big companies aren’t innovating

When established big companies invest in new technologies, investors shrug. Why is that happening? asks Matthew Lynn.

The scramble for students

Not long ago, students fought to secure a university place. These days, universities are desperate to attract students. Why the switch – and is it good news? Alex Rankine reports.

Modern capitalism and the rise of the bullshit job

Modern capitalism was supposed to deliver productivity gains, efficiency and unimagined wealth for all. Why then are so many of us labouring away at pointless work? Stuart Watkins reports.

Adam Smith and the crony capitalist conspiracy

The concentration of market power in the hands of a few big companies worried Adam Smith. It should worry us too, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it is fixable.

Executive greed really can be good

Sometimes business leaders deserve their fat pay packets, says Matthew Lynn. Countrywide is a case in point.

Italy’s Morandi Bridge tragedy is a warning

The Genoa bridge disaster holds lessons for the whole EU. Emily Hohler reports.

Don't be too quick to condemn the financial industry

For better or for worse, we need our financial industry, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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