22 January – 26 January

22 January

India has become the latest battleground in the fight to protect solar panel manufacturers from cheap Chinese rivals, as regulators plan a 70 per cent import duty that developers warn could halt the fast-expanding industry in its tracks.

Toshiba is considering an IPO of its memory chip business in the event that the agreed $18bn sale of the prized unit to Bain Capital fails to gain antitrust approval by the end of March, say people familiar with the plans.

The UK is one of the only major markets where house prices are unlikely to grow in 2018, according to new forecasts from Fitch Ratings.

Equities bulls have often given the appearance of being unstoppable during the US stock market’s record run.

23 January

When the first season of House of Cards made its debut on Netflix in February 2013, pundits wondered whether the video streaming service could really afford the $100m political drama. At the time, Netflix had 33.3m streaming subscribers, many of whom quickly became glued to the tale of Washington DC scheming and intrigue.

When George Clooney and his two partners sold their upscale Casamigos tequila to the UK-based drinks group Diageo six months ago, the $1bn valuation caused eyes to water.

The economy of the Philippines rose slightly less than expected in the fourth quarter, bringing annual growth to 6.7 per cent in 2017.

Lin Yuanqing, a former executive with the artificial intelligence division of Chinese search engine Baidu, last month began what can be an onerous task: raising money for a start-up. In his case, though, the only challenge was deciding whose money to turn away.

24 January

Johnson & Johnson shares were headed for their worst day in nearly nine years on Tuesday amid confusion over its outlook after the company said sales of its blockbuster arthritis drug Remicade continued to fall in the fourth quarter.

Something funny is going on in the world of US toymakers. Shares in Barbie maker Mattel spiked nearly 16 per cent, while those for rival Hasbro climbed more than 6 per cent in afternoon trade on Tuesday.

German businesses are feeling more optimistic than at any point on record, according to a closely watched survey that suggests service providers in the eurozone’s largest economy enjoyed a particularly strong start to the year.

Nasdaq is actively exploring bitcoin-linked products and other digital currencies that would appeal to retail investors, Adena Friedman, the exchange’s chief executive has said.

25 January

Tesla and BMW have has cancelled the sale of cars that were auctioned at the Presidents’ Club evening, continuing the fallout from the controversial event.

3M on Thursday boosted its full-year earnings outlook and lifted its quarterly dividend, sending shares up in early trade.

Malaysia’s central bank raised its key interest rate for the first time in more than three years on Thursday, as expected by economists.

Gold miners are headed for their best week in nearly five months on the back of a sharp jump in the yellow metal.

26 January

Michael Dell is considering a return to the stock market, a little over four years after he took his PC company private in a highly contentious $25bn buyout, followed by the $67bn purchase of storage company EMC in the tech industry’s biggest deal.

According to the book The Everything Store, Jeff Bezos told Amazon employees in 2007 that “in order to be a two-hundred-billion-dollar company, we’ve got to learn how to sell clothes and food”.

Strong growth in Britain’s dominant services sector helped UK economic growth to accelerate in the final quarter of 2017.

The yen strengthened sharply on Friday after central bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Japan is “finally close” to the bank’s 2 per cent inflation target, fuelling speculation that the bank could be prepared to scale back the pace of quantitative easing.