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Jeremy Warner: Despite recession, Tesco juggernaut just keeps on rolling

Outlook There is still no sign of the wheels coming off the Tesco trolley. To the contrary, there's every indication in yesterday's full-year profits that the recession and accompanying banking crisis, far from marking the beginning of the end for the Tesco growth story, is providing new opportunities that will further strengthen its position in the years ahead.

Inside Business Comment

Jeremy Warner: Recession? Some of us are living in clover

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Outlook If you happen to match the following profile – well-paid civil servant with big mortgage planning on buying a new house and car – then you've good reason to celebrate. Thanks to lower mortgage costs, your disposable income will be soaring.

Amol Rajan: Tesco profits and morality

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Corporate success stories and recessions make uncomfortable bedfellows.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Fine words, but where's the money going to come from?

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The age of government activism is back. Or is it? Once you've waded through the grandiose-sounding principles and statement of objectives, yesterday's government paper purporting to set out an industrial strategy for the future – New Industry, New Jobs: Building Britain's Future – doesn't add up to a hill of beans, or given its focus on creating "green-collar" jobs, one might even say a hill of green beans.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Eddie George - a wise old bird remembered

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Few central bank governors get more than a footnote in the history books. Lord George's role in presiding over the first four years of independence for the Bank of England ensures more generous coverage. On a personal level, Lord George, who died at the weekend, will also be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Stephen King: Economic forecasters could learn something from meteorologists

Monday, 20 April 2009

Forecasters got their projections badly wrong – the Treasury's were particularly misleading

Simon Evans: The bankers' euphoria could be premature

Sunday, 19 April 2009

The Government has set aside more bailout money, suggesting that it fears more trouble to come

Jeremy Warner: Bolstering confidence must be Chancellor's Budget priority

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Outlook: It's always dangerous to double-guess the Budget this close to the event. The proximity means that readers remember what you've said when confronted by a policy response which is the exact opposite to the one forecast, whereas, if you have made your predictions further out, you can always claim that they were right at the time but that events and politics intervened to make them redundant.

Jeremy Warner: Nemesis of the mutually owned building societies

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Outlook: First, Dunfermline Building Society went bust; then Moody's downgraded the credit rating of nine smaller building societies, some of them to only just above junk; now a self-styled "whistle-blower" comes forward to claim that the Financial Services Authority had stood idly by while building societies expanded their lending into ever more risky areas and were "eaten alive" by avaricious investment bankers.

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