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Chris Brook-Carter

Articles by Chris Brook-Carter

Comment: Tesco's Clarke rolls up sleeves after shaky start 6 October 2011

Timing is everything in life. And few people will be feeling that sentiment more this week than Sir Terry Leahy, the former chief executive of Tesco, and his successor Philip Clarke. While Leahy stepped down from the role in March to a chorus of approval for his tenure, Clarke's first six months in charge have been marked by the group's worst performance in the UK in two decades.

UK: ABF trading in line after mixed year for Primark 12 September 2011

Associated British Foods has said that its operating profit for the second half will be in line with expectations, with sales at its clothing arm Primark primed for double-digit growth.

UK: M&S appoints e-commerce director 22 July 2011

David Walmsley has been appointed to help lead Marks and Spencer's e-commerce business.

US: LaCrosse confident despite fall in profits 22 July 2011

The president and CEO of LaCrosse Footwear has remained upbeat despite the company reporting a loss for its first half of the year.

US: The Finish Line green lights further share buy-backs 22 July 2011

The Finish Line's board of directors has authorised a share repurchase programme to buy back up to 5 million shares of the company's Class A common shares, or approximately 9% of the aggregate Class A and Class B common shares that are outstanding.

Soaring Dragon: The Chinese economy grew 10.3% last yearChina; which way will the Dragon turn? 20 January 2011

China. A land of opportunity and panacea for all that ails the global business community or an economic time-bomb ready to explode the World's fragile recovery and plunge us back into a second crisis in so many years? Whether it's pundits on the television or economists in the newspapers, no one can seem to agree.

Tesco plans to expand its presence in China, where it already operates 99 stores across nine provinces.COMMENT: Asian state visits reveal shifting balance of power 9 November 2010

Of all the media coverage of this economic crisis, one line has stuck in my mind more than any other, and it perfectly sums up the shifting global economic axis. "This isn't a global recession, it's a Western recession."

The clothing sector could face disruption and an inflating logistics billCOMMENT: Air cargo bomb threat has far-reaching consequences 2 November 2010

The UK's Home Secretary Theresa May has announced a review all aspects of air freight security in the UK. The news follows the discovery on Friday (29 October) of a bomb on a US-bound UPS cargo plane at East Midlands airport and a similar bomb on a FedEx plane in Dubai.

Vietnam is one of six economies being earmarked for significant future growth by the world's economistsCOMMENT: CIVETS loom into focus beyond the BRICs 10 September 2010

Talk of emerging markets in recent years has been so dominated by the BRIC markets - an acronym first coined at the investment bank Goldman Sachs in 2001 - that the term's constituents, Brazil, Russia, India and China, have left little room for discussion of other markets.

Republic's private equity partners secured a sale in JuneIn the money: Republic buy highlights secondary buyout trend 3 August 2010

Private equity firms are playing an increased role in shaping the fashion industry, snapping up brands under a variety of circumstances as trade buyers approach M&A with more caution.

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