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July 13, 2021

We have been talking of inflation for well over a decade—which is not the same thing as calling its timing. An impasse was created by the failure of the economy to grow after the 2008 crisis—all the risks (as we patiently explained) were deflationary, and in vain did the central banks and governments try to force an inflationary impulse into a sluggish world. Their primary weapon? An invention, deployed on a grand scale—quantitative easing (QE to its friends).

I am writing this just before a US inflation report which, to quote Bloomberg, “May provide clues on the monetary-policy outlook; S&P futures were little changed, as were European stocks [awaiting] the next policy statement from the European Central Bank…”

July 9, 2021

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk, EssilorLuxottica proceeds with $8.7 billion stake in GrandVision after tribunal, Albert music publishing dynasty ventures into impact investing.

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk

The Aponte family’s Mediterranean Shipping Company has re-energised its efforts to become the world’s largest container line by attempting to overtake rival family-controlled conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk.

April 30, 2020

Bosch launches rapid Covid-19 test and prepares for global recession, Deichmann manages reputational risk over coronavirus rents, sales-hit Volkswagen reviews all projects as car production resumes.

Bosch launches rapid Covid-19 test and prepares for global recession

Bosch, the family-owned multinational engineering and technology giant, has developed and distributed a test for Covid-19 that delivers results after two and a half hours and is finalising a test that gives a verdict in less than 45 minutes.

April 22, 2020

Walton family’s Walmart hires 200,000 furloughed staff and pauses Asda sale, Barbour family switches production from clothing to personal protection equipment, Grosvenor Estate targets help at vulnerable businesses and families.

Walton family’s Walmart hires 200,000 furloughed staff and pauses Asda sale

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business, reached its goal of hiring 150,000 new employees by the end of May in less than a month and has pledged to hire an extra 50,000 staff as part of the US retailer’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

March 27, 2020

James Dyson says “race is on” to make 10,000 coronavirus ventilators, Escarrer family braces Melia Hotels for coronavirus and world recovery, AB InBev adapts to changing consumer tastes with premiumisation strategy.

James Dyson says “race is on” to make 10,000 coronavirus ventilators

Sir James Dyson, the UK billionaire entrepreneur who made his fortune by inventing a cyclonic vacuum cleaner, has been commissioned by the UK government to make 10,000 critical ventilating machines for the country’s health service in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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