Sharon Lam joined Breakingviews in late 2017, and writes about Asia's consumer goods sector, technology and travel. She previously covered technology and culture at Forbes, and has also worked at Mirae Asset Global Investments and HSBC private bank. Sharon holds bachelor's degrees in international relations and political science from Tufts University, and is currently based in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's flagship airline will cut 8,500 jobs and ditch its Cathay Dragon brand. That's less aggressive than some other carriers, although shareholders took it well. The cuts will only slow the cash burn rate to around HK$1.5 bln per month. More savings will have to be found.
Now more than ever consumers should be attracted to the retailer’s fast-changing inventory of cheap-and-cheerful items. Overseas growth also looks promising despite the pandemic hit. A potential $6.2 billion valuation, however, would put a luxury price on designer dollar stores.
The $40 bln South Korean conglomerate’s separation plan failed to energise investors. Although it’ll take time for the structure to take shape, it’s fairly clear the Tesla-supplying division’s true value is lost inside a chemical maker. There’s an electric-car spark yet to come.