Dasha is a columnist in London writing about the consumer goods sector, as well as Russia and Turkey. She has been at Reuters since 2012 as deals reporter in London and Turkey correspondent, covering the 2016 coup and the war in Syria. Prior to that she produced business news on BBC radio and worked as an investment banking analyst.
She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
The retailer’s shares slumped after it said trading profit in France rose just 5% in 2019 – half the previous guidance. On a call with analysts Chief Financial Officer David Lubek blamed recent pensions protests. The unconvincing explanation hints at bigger problems.
The KitKat maker will invest $2 bln to sell more grub in recycled packaging. Yet even that will only help cut its use of new plastics by a third. For the scheme to work, CEO Mark Schneider needs a market for second-hand wrapping to take off, and other food groups to take a hit.
The Russian government has resigned, amid plans to change the constitution. However it’s resolved, Vladimir Putin’s grip on the state he has ruled for two decades will endure. But given the manner of the extension still matters, he has chosen a relatively calm time to act.