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Restrictions are lifted on the last airline affected by America's laptop ban

JUST like that, America's laptop ban is all but over. Four months ago the Trump administration announced that travellers from ten Middle Eastern countries would be barred from...

Britain: back to being the sick man of Europe?

IN THE 1970s, Britain was dubbed “the sick man of Europe”, a role previously played by the Ottoman empire in the late 19th century. A poor growth record...

United Airlines is testing a novel way to bump passengers

IT IS a classic traveller’s dilemma: you are waiting in the boarding area for your flight, and an airline employee asks over the loudspeaker if anyone is willing...

The United States of debt

POLITICS in America may be an arena of mutual incomprehension with few settled facts, but the debate about the health of American firms’ balance-sheets is, if anything, even...

Can the world thrive on 100% renewable energy?

A WIDELY read cover story on the impact of global warming in this week’s New York magazine starts ominously: “It is, I promise, worse than you think.” It...

A new approach to financial regulation

An inspector QuarlesDONALD TRUMP promised to unshackle America’s financial firms from mounds of stultifying regulation and the grip of bureaucrats with little practical experience of capitalism. One way...

The fashion industry pays attention to plus-size women

Hot to trotA GOOD fit is everything, stylists often counsel, but in assessing its market America’s fashion business appears to have mislaid the measuring tape. A frequently-cited study...

An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China

Terminal valueSTONECUTTERS ISLAND in Hong Kong used to be a favoured habitat for poisonous snakes and eye-catching birds such as the white-bellied sea eagle. Thanks to Hong Kong’s...

Why the spectre of a hard Brexit has European airlines worried

PILOTS are taught that a too-hard landing is better than a too-soft one. A plane can absorb more shocks than one might think, but a runway is only...

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