27 March – 31 March

27 March

A decade ago, an American mother, Sara Bongiorini, published a book called A Year Without ‘Made-in-China’. It chronicled her family’s experiment with a year-long “boycott” of Chinese products. The book describes daily inconveniences and problems: she could not even find a non-Chinese-made candle for her husband’s birthday.

Aston Martin has followed the successful launch of its latest sports car, the DB11, with a £530m bond offering to refinance existing debt and support its “second century” plan to expand the type of vehicles produced by the UK manufacturer.

Apple and Facebook are gearing up to challenge start-up Magic Leap and Microsoft’s HoloLens in the race to create a pair of augmented reality glasses that could one day replace the smartphone as consumers’ primary computing device.

US independent oil companies have used derivatives to protect much more of their expected revenues against a fall in crude prices than they had a year ago, helping them sustain capital spending and production even if the market continues to weaken.

28 March

Deliveroo is facing fresh legal action from its UK riders, who are pushing for employment rights including the minimum wage and holiday pay.

Uber is expanding its restaurant delivery service UberEats to more than 40 towns and cities across the UK this year as it seeks to ramp up its challenge to local rivals such as Deliveroo and JustEat.

Unstable world politics loom over bondholders as the single biggest risk to their investments, according to a survey of money managers carried out by Fitch, which also reveals fears over rising inflation on bond markets.

Chinese internet group Tencent has taken a 5 per cent stake in electric carmaker Tesla as a first step towards breaking into the connected car market globally although the two groups have not yet agreed to share technology.

29 March

We still believe emerging markets are in a positive upturn, which may require some acceleration in the monetary policy reaction by EM central banks with associated positive developments in exchange rates, not necessarily ultra-connected with developments at the core (Europe, Japan and the US).

Ericsson on Tuesday said it would book up to $1.7bn of charges, partly related to problematic contracts, at its first-quarter results as the Swedish telecoms equipment maker put its media and cloud computing businesses up for sale.

Amazon has opened its first full-offering grocery pick-up stores in Seattle, in its latest push to test brick-and-mortar concepts and gain a foothold in the elusive US grocery market.

Overseas companies that invest in the UK issued a flurry of warnings on Tuesday about the threat Brexit poses to their businesses, signalling their growing concern as the UK prepares to start the formal process of leaving the EU.

30 March

German inflation has fallen dramatically, easing pressure on Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, to rein in ultra loose monetary policy in the eurozone.

Shares in China Evergrande rose to a record high on Thursday after China’s largest property developer revealed plans to repay much of its costliest debt earlier in the week.

Japan has accounted for almost half of Asian equity market deals this year — a level of activity not seen since 2010, as the country’s changing corporate landscape generates a new level of dealmaking.

Losses at Genel Energy, the oil company chaired by former BP boss Tony Hayward, increased last year after it wrote down the value of its exploration assets by almost $780m and production fell short of its original expectations.

31 March

China’s factories stopped losing jobs in March for the first time in nearly five years as manufacturing activity grew at the fastest pace since 2012, according to an official gauge of the sector.

Sales from streaming fuelled the fastest growth in the world’s biggest music market since 1998, according to data from the Recording Industry Association of America.

WeChat, China’s most popular social media platform, is planning to expand its e-commerce and payment services for brands in Europe with its first operations in the UK.

Blackberry, the Canadian mobile phone pioneer, saw its shares track higher on Friday after it racked up a narrower quarterly loss than Wall Street had expected, as it continues its transition away from phones amid fierce competition and expand its software business.