Aimee joined Breakingviews in 2017 and writes about European airlines, insurance and property companies. Based in London, she previously spent three years at The Sunday Times as banking correspondent. Prior to that, she was a senior reporter covering the bond market at IFR, a financial trade publication published by Thomson Reuters. She holds a degree in English and History from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism.Follow @aimeedonnellan
Retailer THG’s value fell by a third in one day to just $5 bln. That reflects uncertainty over a core unit that helps companies like Coca-Cola market and ship products. Until CEO Matthew Moulding sheds light on its profitability and contracts, investors will be wary.
A tie-up between the $15 bln French grocer and rival Auchan fell apart amid a valuation dispute. Concerns over competition and jobs complicate local mergers, while a failed Canadian takeover showed foreign buyers are unwelcome. Carrefour has little choice but to expand abroad.
The WHO approved its first jab for the deadly disease. Its primary target is the 274,000 mostly African children who die each year. But malaria also inflicts $12 bln of economic pain. That makes the shot’s roughly $1 bln annual cost one of the smartest sub-Saharan investments.