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January 19, 2011

The world’s largest watchmaker, the Swatch Group, announced on 19 January that its sales reached a record $6.7 billion for 2010, and is upbeat about the year ahead.

The world's largest watchmaker, the Swatch Group, announced on 19 January that its sales reached a record $6.7 billion for 2010, and is upbeat about the year ahead.

The Geneva-based group announced a year-on-year 19% rise in sales, with its watches achieving an "excellent performance" in all markets and price segments. Apart from Swatch watches, the group also makes luxury timepieces like Breguet, Blancpain, Rado and Omega.  

The group said that it was optimistic about 2011, on the back of strong December sales, which were up 21% year-on-year.
 

January 14, 2011

The decade-long feud in one of South Korea’s richest families has taken another turn, as Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement to control the country’s largest builder, pushing out rival bidder the Hyundai Group.

The decade-long feud in one of South Korea’s richest families has taken another turn, as Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement to control the country’s largest builder, pushing out rival bidder the Hyundai Group.

January 13, 2011

Media and data company Bloomberg is to launch a rich list that will pitch it against the well-established Forbes billionaire list.

Media and data company Bloomberg is to launch a rich list that will pitch it against the well-established Forbes billionaire list.

In a statement, the New York-based company said it would hire Matthew Miller, former editor of Forbes' billionaire list, in February. Bloomberg plans to launch the rich list sometime in the next two years, but gave no exact date for the launch.

December 8, 2010

Two of France’s largest and most famed family businesses, Hermes and L’Oreal, have taken steps this week to bolster family control and reaffirm the family’s commitment to the company. But the question remains as to whether this is enough to ensure continued family ownership.

Two of France's largest and most famed family businesses, Hermes and L'Oreal, have taken steps this week to bolster family control and reaffirm the family's commitment to the company. But the question remains as to whether this is enough to ensure continued family ownership, writes Katie Barker. 

Hermes moved first with its family members setting up a holding company in an attempt to fend off unwelcome advances from much larger rival LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

December 6, 2010

Hyundai Group, the Korea-based conglomerate controlled by the Chung family, may face further scrutiny over its $4.8 billion bid for a controlling share in Hyundai Engineering & Construction.

Hyundai Group, the Korea-based conglomerate controlled by the Chung family, may face further scrutiny over its $4.8 billion bid for a controlling share in Hyundai Engineering & Construction. 

According to Korea Exchange Bank, one of the shareholders selling its stake in Hyundai E&C, the Hyundai Group will be asked for further details of the bid for the third time amid concerns over the funding of the deal.

September 27, 2010

Hyundai Motor Group, the Korea-based car company controlled by the Chung family, announced 27 September that is plans to bid for a controlling stake in Hyundai Engineering & Construction, which will pit it against another branch of the founding family.

Hyundai Motor Group, the Korea-based car company controlled by the Chung family, announced 27 September that is plans to bid for a controlling stake in Hyundai Engineering & Construction, which will pit it against another branch of the founding family.

March 29, 2010

Ford’s sale of Volvo yesterday to China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd for $1.8 billion represents a loss of $4.7 billion and finally draws a line under the excesses of the past.

Ford's sale of Volvo yesterday to China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd for $1.8 billion represents a loss of $4.7 billion and finally draws a line under the excesses of the past.

Bill Ford Jr, great-grandson of founder Henry Ford and current executive chairman, was just getting his feet under the table as chairman of the board of directors when Ford paid $6.5 billion for Volvo in 1999.

January 19, 2010

Felicity Loudon, fifth-generation of the founding Cadbury family, said the news that Cadbury has agreed the terms of a takeover by Kraft was awful. “It’s a horror story,” she told the BBC this morning.

Felicity Loudon, fifth-generation of the founding Cadbury family, said the news that Cadbury has agreed the terms of a takeover by Kraft was awful. "It's a horror story," she told the BBC this morning.
 

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