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26 июня, 13:35

'It’s up to us': why business needs to take a stand on #palmoil

Consumers have long been encouraged to shop with sustainability in mind. But when it comes to palm oil, the power to effect industry-wide change is in the hands of businessFor many ethical consumers, palm oil is a dirty word. Its association with deforestation, the destruction of local communities and forced labour – particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia – makes buying a jar of peanut butter no easy task. Some choose to look for assurances on the label that the palm oil inside has been ethically sourced, while others simply try to avoid buying products made using the commodity. Palm oil is in more than half of all packaged goods, including makeup, cleaning products and numerous household-favourite foods. And its derivatives are often hidden on product labels under obscure names, such as “ethyl palmitate”. But even if you buy palm oil certified as sustainable, there are criticisms that the current industry standards still allow for rainforest destruction and poor practices. Continue reading...

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23 июня, 20:09

Tattooing avocados helps keep up supply of smash hit

Appetite for creamy green fruit shows no sign of abating as growers and retailers struggle to keep up with demandWe’ve smashed them, scooped them, sliced them and blended them. Now we have started tattooing avocados as retailers battle to feed the UK’s growing obsession with the creamy green fruit.Fruit supplier Mack, based in Kent, handles 1.3m avocados a week for a number of British retailers, and is testing a new Spanish-developed machine for labelling fruit destined for Marks & Spencer’s shelves. Continue reading...

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23 июня, 09:38

Hinkley Point C: watchdog confirms fears of political vanity project | Nils Pratley

NAO report condemns ‘risky and expensive’ nuclear project that went ahead despite the economic case crumblingThe National Audit Office does not use excitable phrases like “utter shambles.” But the spending watchdog’s verdict on Hinkley Point C, the nuclear power plant in Somerset that is supposedly inevitable, amounts to the same thing. The government “has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits”.The 80-page report confirms one’s worst fears about how ministers fell in love with Hinkley. First, they wedded themselves to an inflexible financial model. Then they agreed commercial terms with developer EDF in 2013, when energy prices were sky-high, and ploughed on regardless when the economic case for Hinkley started to crumble. Continue reading...

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23 июня, 03:33

British retailer says laser-etched avocados will cut packaging.

British retailer Marks & Spencer has started selling avocados marked by laser rather than stickers, in a bid to cut packaging waste and improve efficiency. Simon Thompson reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

20 июня, 09:40

Фондовые индексы Европы выросли в понедельник

Европейские фондовые индексы выросли в понедельник, французский индикатор показал максимальный скачок более чем за месяц на результатах парламентских выборов в стране.

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15 июня, 19:00

Wine: Tasmania has more in common with Burgundy than with the Barossa

Tasmanian wine can be hard to track down, but it’s well worth the effortThe frustrating thing about this column is that many of the more interesting wines I come across aren’t very easy to track down. Tasmania is a case in point. This unique region of Australia is far cooler than anywhere else on the continent, and it has more in common with Champagne and Burgundy than with the Barossa Valley. Go there, and you’ll come across some stunning wines (as well as a beautiful, wild and almost deserted island). As befits a cool wine region, about half Tasmania’s production is sparkling, and there’s a crisp, lean minerality to the wines that makes them a delicious match with seafood, especially oysters. Marks & Spencer has decided in its wisdom to de-list the medal-winning Josef Chromy (£22; 12% abv), though if you’re lucky, you may still find the odd bottle in store, but it does have the bright, citrussy Pure South Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and the delicate, pretty Pure South Pinot Noir 2015 (in store only), both on offer at £12 and 13.5% abv. Continue reading...

13 июня, 15:24

H&M, Zara and Marks & Spencer linked to polluting viscose factories in Asia

Major fashion brands are sourcing viscose from factories in China, Indonesia and India which are polluting and damaging health, according to new reportMajor fashion brands have been linked to viscose produced in polluting factories, according to a new report by the Changing Markets Foundation.Viscose, touted as a sustainable alternative to cotton or polyester, is often used as a cheaper and more durable alternative to silk, commonly in skirts and dresses. Experts say it is just as likely to be found in a £10 t-shirt as a £2,000 suit. Continue reading...

09 июня, 08:20

Pound claws back some losses after hung parliament spooks the City – as it happened

Sterling has fallen on the foreign exchanges after a night of sensational election dramaPound inches up on possible Tory-DUP dealCity sees instability after May’s election gamble backfiresPound plunged to $1.265 from $1.295 on ThursdaySterling hit seven-month low against the euroIntroduction: Pound slides after election shockHow the night unfolded in the CityElection results live: Theresa May under fire 5.06pm BST The pound initially fell 2.5% against the dollar after the shock election result, but had recovered some ground by the time London markets closed. It was still down 1.6% at $1.2740 but was off its eight week lows against the US currency. Even so the decline gave some support to the FTSE 100 and its overseas earners, while news that Theresa May was forming a government - even if with the help of the DUP - provided some support for shares and the pound. European and US markets shrugged off the UK result, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a new peak as investors preferred to concentrate on the latest twists in the Donald Trump saga.Jasper Lawler, senior market analyst at London Capital Group, said:Although the pound fell, the FTSE 100 as well as other global indices opened higher on election result day. Traditional havens like gold and the Japanese yen dropped as global markets shook off the result as a UK-only affair. Related: Election 2017: May postpones reshuffle and will 'reflect' on why Tories lost seats – live 3.29pm BST The ratings agency also warns another election could be on the horizon (!):Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to form a government with support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, known as the DUP, after her governing Conservative Party fell short of a parliamentary majority. While this would avoid a prolonged period of coalition talks, the terms of the agreement are unclear and another election in the near term is possible. Continue reading...

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07 июня, 18:37

No flip-flopping: 10 of the best city sandals – in pictures

From tan to tassels, here’s our pick of the best sturdy but stylish summer shoes to keep you cool in the concrete jungle Continue reading...

06 июня, 15:51

Renault предлагает конкурента Tesla Powerwall с ранее использовавшимися батареями

После анонса компанией Tesla аккумуляторных блоков Powerwall для использования в домашних хозяйствах многие автопроизводители, включая Mercedes-Benz, Nissan и BMW, последовали её примеру, начав предлагать аккумуляторные батареи, применяемые в своих электромобилях, для хранения энергии в жилых помещениях. Одним из последних крупных автопроизводителей, заинтересовавшихся этим направлением, стала французская корпорация Renault. Вместе с поставщиками систем хранения энергии Powervault и Marks & Spencer (M&S) корпорация запустила в Великобритании пилотный проект по использованию бывших в употреблении аккумуляторных батарей электрических автомобилей в системах хранения энергии домашних хозяйств.

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06 июня, 08:00

Anna Meredith: the avant-pop composer bringing meaning to lift music

Meredith’s musical makeover of the Arndale centre elevators is just one of Manchester international festival’s site-specific compositionsFresh from the success of her critically lauded album, Varmints (2016), Scottish composer Anna Meredith embarks on an immersive urban performance project as part of this year’s Manchester international festival.In Music for a Busy City, you and five other composers have written works that will be played in situ at different places around Manchester. Where’s your spot?It’s a windowless pathway that runs from one side of the [Arndale] shopping centre to the other and in the middle has entrances to Marks & Spencer and Selfridges opposite each other, with lifts. Continue reading...

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26 мая, 19:43

Manchester will recover, but some victims will not. Don't forget them

The message we hear is of cleaning up, carrying on, rebuilding – but for a few people life will never return to normalIt was an unusually beautiful day in Manchester, not a cloud in a deep blue sky, when that huge IRA bomb blasted the heart of the city 21 years ago; and this week when terror struck it turned out eerily sunny again. But as the devastating news of so many deaths and injuries hit on Tuesday, and people made their way quietly along Cross Street to the evening vigil held in Albert Square, the differences from what happened last time were dreadfully clear.Back then, on a busy Saturday, 15 June 1996, the explosives in a truck parked outside Marks & Spencer wreaked astonishing damage to buildings, but there was a warning, and 75,000 people were evacuated. Although people suffered injuries, some of them serious, from the debris and glass that rained beyond the cordon, miraculously nobody was killed. The Mancunian pride and make-a-brew spirit that has been broadcast to the world this week could get on with a story which has become straightforward in the telling since: clean up, carry on, rebuild. Continue reading...

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24 мая, 16:40

Is M&S being radical enough as it slips out of fashion? | Nils Pratley

The retailer is to axe 10% of the space devoted to its struggling clothing and homewares – but the market is moving onMarks & Spencer’s share price has improved 10% since Archie Norman, lately of ITV and once of Asda, was named as the next chairman earlier this month. This show of faith in one non-executive is remarkable, but one can almost understand why it’s happened.After a decade of modernisation programmes under former chief executives Stuart Rose and Marc Bolland – and another five years in prospect under Steve Rowe – poor old M&S shareholders must be crying out for a proven outsider’s analysis of where it’s all leading, and how quickly. Since 2012, M&S has clocked up an astonishing £890m in “adjustments to reported profit”, of which the latest £437m is the biggest contributor. Needless to say, the adjustments have all been downwards. Continue reading...

24 мая, 13:21

Годовая прибыль Marks & Spencer превысила прогнозы аналитиков

Британский ритейлер Marks & Spencer Group (M&S) отчитался о превысившей прогнозы аналитиков годовой доналоговой прибыли благодаря успешным результатам подразделения пищевых продуктов, а также снижению издержек, компенсировавшим неудачи направления по продаже одежды. Так, по итогам фискального года с окончанием 1 апреля, чистая прибыль компании снизилась с 406,9 млн фунтов стерлингов годом ранее до 117,1 млн фунтов ($152,2 млн). При этом прибыль до налогообложения уменьшилась в отчетном периоде на 10,3% г/г до 613,8 млн фунтов стерлингов ($795,9 млн), однако превысила среднерыночные ожидания на уровне 596 млн фунтов. Выручка за рассматриваемый период увеличилась с 10,56 млрд фунтов до 10,62 млрд фунтов. При этом, в четвертом квартале сопоставимые продажи подразделения по продаже одежды и товаров для дома снизились на 5,9%, тогда как аналитики в среднем ожидали снижения лишь на 3,7%.

24 мая, 11:56

Годовая прибыль Marks & Spencer превысила прогнозы аналитиков

Британский ритейлер Marks & Spencer Group (M&S) отчитался о превысившей прогнозы аналитиков годовой доналоговой прибыли благодаря успешным результатам подразделения пищевых продуктов, а также снижению издержек, компенсировавшим неудачи направления по продаже одежды. Так, по итогам фискального года с окончанием 1 апреля, чистая прибыль компании снизилась с 406,9 млн фунтов стерлингов годом ранее до 117,1 млн фунтов ($152,2 млн). При этом прибыль до налогообложения уменьшилась в отчетном периоде на 10,3% г/г до 613,8 млн фунтов стерлингов ($795,9 млн), однако превысила среднерыночные ожидания на уровне 596 млн фунтов. Выручка за рассматриваемый период увеличилась с 10,56 млрд фунтов до 10,62 млрд фунтов. При этом, в четвертом квартале сопоставимые продажи подразделения по продаже одежды и товаров для дома снизились на 5,9%, тогда как аналитики в среднем ожидали снижения лишь на 3,7%.

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24 мая, 10:12

Marks & Spencer falls 1.6% after earnings report

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24 мая, 09:59

M&S profits dive by nearly two-thirds as clothing sales slide

Retailer’s pre-tax profits plunge to £176.4m as it is hit by £400m restructuring costs arising from turnaround planMarks & Spencer has reported a 64% drop in annual profits to £176.4m as weak clothing sales were compounded by more than £400m of restructuring costs relating to the new chief executive’s turnaround plan.Chief executive Steve Rowe insisted the retailer was on the road to recovery despite a worsening sales performance in both its clothing and food aisles in the last three months of the financial year. “We do remain on track,” he said. “We’ve made some costly but necessary decisions, so profits are down but they are in line with expectations.” Continue reading...

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21 мая, 13:16

Marks & Spencer to report slump in clothing sales after short-lived boost

Disappointing clothing sales will be revealed on Wednesday alongside sharp fall in annual profits despite Christmas bumpMarks & Spencer will report a fresh slump in clothing sales on Wednesday after a revival at Christmas proved short-lived.The disappointing finish to the year will be revealed alongside a sharp fall in annual profits. Hopes that M&S chief executive Steve Rowe had come up with a winning formula for the UK’s biggest clothing retailer were raised after it recorded its first underlying growth in nearly two years over the key festive quarter. But with rivals such as Next reporting moribund sales as rising living costs force Britons to tighten their belts, M&S’s clothing and homewares sales are expected to have tumbled more than 3% in the first three months of 2017. Its food business is also expected to post a small decline in underlying sales. Continue reading...

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21 мая, 09:00

Marks & Spencer’s underwear is level at 30,000 feet

M&S’s board seem absorbed by a study that finds many Britons ‘stuck on autopilot’ in their daily lives. But the retailer itself may be changing courseBritons are trapped in autopilot mode with 61% sticking to the same, familiar patterns.That was the slightly bizarre line pulled from a study being punted around by Marks & Spencer earlier this month, as it took time off from running a clothing business that for 133 years has largely stuck to familiar patterns. Continue reading...

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20 мая, 08:30

The sisters of Battle Road: ‘We didn’t need anyone else as children, or now’

Being evacuated and then left motherless brought the six Jarman sisters close together. Nearly 80 years on, the bond is still unbreakableTwice a week, at the Marks & Spencer cafe on Eltham High Street in south-east London, Mary Marshall meets her sisters, Joan, Sheila, Kath, Pat and Anne.“They all know us in there,” says Mary. “It can be loud. We do have our rows. Someone came up to us once and said, ‘What was all that about?’ I said, ‘Oh, nothing. Come around 3pm any Tuesday or Saturday and there will be another one.’” Continue reading...