Spain's Santander's gone all out for growth over the past decade, but as Lex's Stuart Kirk and Oliver Ralph discuss, domestically it's not doing too great and its emerging market hope Brazil is not helping much these days either. For more video content from the Financial Times, visit http://www.FT.com/video
BY IBTimes Staff Reporter | December 15 2012 8:38 PM Less than a month after taking charge to a chorus of boos and thunderous unrest, Rafael Benitez has the opportunity to win a trophy as Chelsea boss when his side take on Corinthians in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup. While perhaps unsurprisingly, given the dissention that surrounded the club, Benitez did not get off to the best start on the pitch, results have started to improve.
Louise Lucas, the FT's Consumer Industries Editor, explains how companies are taking their goods to people's homes in Brazil, one of the world's biggest consumer markets. For more video content from the Financial Times visit http://www.FT.com/video
Climbing demand for commodities in the past decade boosted shipping and encouraged shipbuilding. Just as giant bulk carriers take a while to stop, so does building them.
Deputy emerging markets editor Jonathan Wheatley talks to David Rees of Capital Economics about his prediction of a 15-20% fall in commodity prices in 2013. He says oil-producing countries will be hit much harder than other emerging markets such as Brazil and Chile. Related Article: http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2012/10/17/1214081/ems-can-handle-lower-commodity-prices/ For more on commodities from the Financial Times visit http://www.ft.com/markets/commodities
Fashion is a vital means of shoring optimism through troubling times, says legendary New York designer Narciso Rodriguez.
Residential sales are up nearly 24 per cent for the first half of the year following a record 2011 sales season. Christopher Booker reports on how one of the hardest hit US housing markets has been reignited by foreign cash buyers
Stuart Gulliver, who's been at the helm of HSBC for 18 months now, is still housekeeping. Lex's Stuart Kirk and Oliver Ralph discuss whether it's time for something more extreme. For more commentary from the Lex team, visit http://www.ft.com/lex Relate article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/10f43f1c-da23-11e1-b03b-00144feab49a.html http://www.FT.com/
The Institutional Revolutionary Party returned to power in Mexico last weekend as voters' least unattractive option, according to Johnpaul Rathbone, the FT's Latin America Editor.
http://www.FT.com/ Recent Olympic Games have increasingly become a focus for protest.