Robert is Assistant Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in London. He has a special focus on investment, writing about it on a global basis. Robert worked for The Times, in London, in a variety of writing and editing capacities from 1998 to 2010. For nearly 10 years he edited the newspaper’s daily Tempus investment column. He was also deputy business editor, acting business editor, a leader writer, the chief obituaries writer and a news editor in the home affairs department. Prior to joining The Times, Robert worked on The Independent and the London Evening Standard. His most recent book is called The Unwritten Laws of Finance and Investment (Profile, 2010). As a part-time lecturer, Robert led the financial journalism specialism at The City University in London in 10 academic years between 1995 and 2007. Follow Robert on Twitter @RobertCole7
- Tel: +44 20 7542 7128
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The French retailer is performing better in Latin America and Asia than at home, while its similarly sized UK rival might sell foreign assets to relieve balance-sheet strain. But if Tesco can live with the debt, it might be emboldened by Carrefour’s global shopping experience.
Two of the world’s largest drinks companies – together worth $275 bln - posted OK-ish results on July 30. Investors might hope for transformational deals, perhaps a mega-merger of the two. Though it is harder to build standalone investment cases, they may be necessary.
The Swiss insurer wants to invest free capital rather than give it back to shareholders. UK-based RSA, at 5 bln stg, is an attainable target. But Zurich Insurance might first examine the disastrous 1996 deal that created the company formerly known as Royal & Sun Alliance.
- Zegona debut puts new twist on telco M&A
- After FT, Pearson's challenge is existential
- Investors are too bullish on $7 bln drinks-can bid
- UK's BT can gain from more open future
- BBC needs good pruning, not root-and-branch change
- Heathrow offers quaint lessons in infrastructure
- Corporate financiers put brave face on Greek crisis