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Netflix reaps the dividends of its dominance by bumping up domestic subscription fees

Nearly a decade ago, former Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes derisively implied the video-streaming service would never take over the world. “The mouse that roared” is more like it.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/17 16:03:40

China, Rwanda jointly bridging the trade imbalance

The trade between China and Rwanda has shown a strong uptrend throughout 2018, with the two countries' trade surging by more than 40 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/17 15:53:40

AB InBev's $70 billion valuation in Asia too high for investors with increasingly fierce competition

Anheuser-Busch InBev executives who hope for a $70 billion valuation for their Asia business really deserve to have their breath tested. The Belgian brewer is considering an IPO for part ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/16 15:42:44

Trump needs to ignore China hawks and make trade talks a success

The latest round of trade talks between Chinese and US mid-level officials in Beijing obviously laid a good foundation for the world's two largest economies to clinch a deal after ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/15 19:41:18

US brick-and-mortar retailers need innovation and change to calm investors' jitters

Investors aren't giving US retailers an inch. Macy's shares fell by nearly a fifth on Thursday after weak December sales prompted it to cut forecasts. Target and Kohl's also felt ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/15 17:58:40

Hitachi getting cold feet on Wylfa power project will place UK nuclear at crossroads

Japanese cold feet are about to land Britain's energy policy in hot water. Hitachi could next week halt its involvement in the Wylfa nuclear power project in Wales, Nikkei reported ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/14 14:42:00

Temasek considers liquidating stakes in health and beauty heavyweight A.S. Watson

Temasek is helping a drugstore giant flaunt its glow. The Singapore state investor may sell some of its 25-percent stake in health and beauty heavyweight A.S. Watson, Reuters says. The ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 16:13:39

Does Fed have sufficient ammo for next crisis?

Over the past 40 years, the US economy has experienced four recessions. Out of the four, only the extended downturn of 1979-82 had a conventional cause. The US Federal Reserve ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 16:08:39

US shutdown a bad omen for bigger fiscal battle between Trump and Democratic leaders

The US government shutdown is a bad omen for a bigger fiscal battle ahead. The economic impact of the partial federal closure sparked by President Donald Trump's insistence on securing ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/10 17:36:38

French squeeze-out plans may tempt tycoon Arnault to make Christian Dior private

France's new “squeeze-out” plans may tempt luxury magnate Bernard Arnault to make a final swoop to take his Christian Dior holding private. President Emmanuel Macron's wide-ranging bill to make la ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/9 17:53:40

A graying Facebook will require Zuckerberg to relinquish his executive role to a different leader

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have been inseparable since he launched the social network 15 years ago, but his lack of perspective helped create the existential problems facing the company today. ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/8 17:28:40

Volatile fuel costs force airlines to consider their options and drive industry rationalization

Risky bets on the price of oil will drive European airline merger and acquisition (M&A) in 2019. The price of a barrel of crude is unusually volatile heading into the ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/7 18:48:40

Starbucks expansion plans need consideration over 'a venti-sized mug of coffee'

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai stands as a giant symbol of the company's Chinese ambitions. The 30,000-square-foot caffeinated wonderland represents just one of 6,000, mostly smaller stores that the ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/6 16:33:54

Manufacturing nationalism likely to distort US market and harm its consumers

US President Donald Trump's “America First” mantra involves barriers to trade and immigration and a sort of manufacturing nationalism. Experiences like Argentina's show that this approach creates market dysfunction and ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/3 17:19:37

CPTPP could be a strong trading partner for China

Much attention has been paid to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which officially came into effect on Sunday. Without the US, the 11-member free trade agreement, ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/3 16:58:39

Blockchain finally due for its breakthrough in 2019 after years of false starts and broken promises

After all the hype, blockchain is due for its breakthrough in 2019. Banks and companies are gradually applying versions of the distributed-ledger technology, the platform associated with bitcoin, to tasks ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/2 19:16:04

Sony's valuation likely to entice activist investors unless business rationalization achieved

The pressure is on for Kenichiro Yoshida to deliver a bold performance in 2019. Since taking the reins in April, the Sony boss has boosted earnings at Japan's $61 billion ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/1 15:39:12

US tax cuts failed to spur investment, growth

It has now been one year since US President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans rammed their massive corporate tax cut through Congress. At the time, critics of the “Tax ...
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/1 15:38:39