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Global executives mostly bullish on business outlook

29 March, 2015

The latest Global Business Barometer survey from The Economist and Financial Times shows the majority of executives are optimistic about improvements in the global business climate; however this view is uneven across regions. Executives in the Middle East, Africa and Western Europe are currently the most optimistic, while those in North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific are less so compared with the previous quarter.


Philips to spin off lighting, move on healthcare

26 March, 2015

Netherlands-based electronics giant Philips announced this month that it plans to spin off parts of its lighting business as an IPO in 2016. This marks the latest restructuring development aimed at edging the company away from the lighting sector. With the IPO complete, Philips intends to split into two separate companies, one focused on lighting and the other on its portfolio of healthcare and consumer offerings, which it is focused on growing.


GoDaddy IPO a bright spot in bleak market

24 March, 2015

American internet domain and web-hosting company GoDaddy is readying for its initial public offering, expected to value the company at up to $2.87 billion, or potentially $4 billion including debt. If the offering raises $418 million, as it is expected to do with prices between $17 and $19 per share, GoDaddy would represent a slight uptick in IPO activity in the US, where the market for IPOs has fallen sharply this year compared to 2014.


Ecommerce titans vying for Southeast Asia

22 March, 2015

A battle is brewing as ecommerce giants Amazon and Alibaba mobilise to gain territory from Lazada, a relative newcomer whose Southeast Asian stronghold spans Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Lazada has the advantage of understanding the complexities and nuances of its highly diverse market – challenges which the big players will need to conquer quickly in order to catch up.


Women on boards: Germany’s new quota

19 March, 2015

An important development in the gender quota debate came this month when Germany passed a law requiring that women hold at least 30% of board seats at public companies, including some of Europe’s biggest. The move prompted analysts to compare board composition by country. They found that the US lags behind most other developed economies, but that gains elsewhere may be driving progress.


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