Spurred by “Abenomics” and a weaker yen, the Nikkei 225 index is outpacing its peers this year by a wide margin. Some stocks are posting gains of 60%, 70% or even 100%. Here are a few of the top performers.
Intel, the world’s largest maker of chips for PCs, maintains its sales forecast for 2013, despite an industry-wide slowdown in computer sales.
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An emergency financial manager with wide-ranging powers is appointed for the troubled US city of Detroit as it struggles with debts of $14bn.
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Dan Simmons reports from Tokyo where several of Japan’s leading tech brands are working together on an 8,000 pixel wide display which is being called Super Hi-vision.
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Senior figures from across the banking, retail and property sectors have signed up to a new industry-wide group, the Distressed Retail Property Taskforce, to find ways to rejuvenate failing town centres.
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Government announces move to make it easier for shoppers to see which foods are unhealthy
All major supermarkets will finally adopt a version of “traffic-light labelling” to help end confusion about which are the healthiest and unhealthiest foods, the government will announce on Wednesday.
Ministers have agreed with industry officials that leading food producers and retailers will use a consistent, UK-wide form of front-of-pack labelling from the middle of next year.
Called a “hybrid system” by the Department of Health, it will combine colour coding, guideline daily amounts – which research has shown many consumers find baffling – and the words high, medium or low to describe certain ingredients, though the exact form has not yet been finalised.
The aim is to make it much easier for consumers to quickly tell the fat, salt, sugar, saturated-fat and calorie content of particular foods from the colour used. Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl, which had opposed traffic lights, have now agreed to introduce them in some form.
Health campaigners welcomed the move. “We are delighted that the government has finally agreed to recommend front-of-pack traffic-light labelling,” said Charlie Powell, director of the Children’s Food Campaign. “You won’t have to be a maths genius any more to work out which is the healthier product to buy.
“Of the top 10 supermarkets, only Iceland is left out in the cold and is still refusing to commit to using traffic-light labelling. Big food manufacturers must now also confirm their commitment to traffic lights, or else be shamed.”
Anna Soubry, the public health minister, said: “The UK already has the largest number of products with front-of-pack labels in Europe but research has shown that consumers get confused by the wide variety of labels used. By having a consistent system we will all be able to see at a glance what is in our food. This will help us all choose healthier options and control our calorie intake.
“Obesity and poor diet cost the NHS billions of pounds every year. Making small changes to our diet can have a big impact on our health and could stop us getting serious illnesses – such as heart disease – later in life.”
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MPs on the Treasury Select Committee have demanded wide-ranging changes in the wake of the Libor rate-fixing scandal. Andrew Tyrie, the chairman of the Treasury Select Committee and David Green, former head of international policy at the FSA discuss what changes should be made to banking regulation.