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
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Last year’s much criticised privatisation of the UK postal company did not go so badly after all, a report has found. But it still offers lessons for improving the process of IPO price discovery. Technology can help, as would bookrunners relaxing their grip on information flow.
Another profit warning from Tesco has drawn attention to Britons’ changing shopping habits. In grocery, it’s all about discounts, online and convenience. That calls into question the big retailers’ property valuations – especially those with super-large stores.
The UK grocer has cut profit guidance again, this time by a quarter, sending the shares to a new low. Tesco’s competitive weakness means more bad news could come. To keep investors on board, Tesco needs a chairman, a strategy and a strong balance sheet more than ever.
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