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Hong Kong now world’s most expensive office market

Demand from mainland companies has pushed up Hong Kong cost-per-desk prices while currency moves have affected London, enabling the Chinese territory to leapfrog the UK capital when it comes to office expenses.

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Swedish companies in expansionary mode

A survey of Swedish finance chiefs found improved confidence and that they are now happier to invest capital rather than repay loans.

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What multinationals should know about fraud

In a recent Deloitte survey, 30% of respondents admitted they had experienced fraud. When this involves a third party, the reason is often poor due diligence by companies, who shy away from the costs – both material and of time – of thorough investigation. Erika Morphy reports.

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East Asian instability and the North Korea question

North Korea’s nuclear arms testing has led to ramped-up sanctions against the country – but also unintended consequences in neighbouring China. It is a reminder to business and political leaders that risks are hard to assess but easy to spread, as Erika Morphy reports.

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R&D spending rises despite protectionism worries

Leading global companies are increasing spend on R&D in spite of concerns regarding protectionist rhetoric in many significant economies, a report from PwC has found.

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China and IP ownership: a risk worth taking?

China's record for not recognising intellectual property ownership is a concern for many foreign companies doing business there. But staying away from such a vast market is not an option for an ambitious global player. Erika Morphy looks into ways of avoiding IP pitfalls when doing business in the country.

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Raising Hull: how culture and investment are resurrecting an English city

The once-prosperous port city of Hull in eastern England has suffered numerous setbacks over the past few decades, resulting in social and economic problems. However, as Richard Gardham discovers, its status as the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, and a $420m investment from engineering giant Siemens to build a wind turbine production plant, have given the city genuine reasons for optimism

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Europe and US ramp up restrictions on Chinese FDI

The US and the EU are reworking their investment controls to restrict the acquisition of critical technology companies by countries such as an increasingly powerful China, which enjoys access to free markets globally while limiting its own. Philippa Maister reports.

EU sues Ireland over €13bn Apple payment

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gets tough over Ireland’s perceived tardiness in reclaiming funds owed by Apple.

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US and Canadian cities vie for new Amazon headquarters

Talent and housing availability look to be key criteria in retail and tech giant Amazon’s search for a second headquarters location in north America

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