19 March – 23 March

19 March

Japanese exports eked out a fifteenth consecutive month of growth in February as an increase in shipments to the US helped to offset an almost double digit fall in exports to China.

European equities markets kicked off the week in reverse gear, with major bourses down 1 per cent, ahead of week that is jam-packed with key events, including a Federal Reserve meeting.

he first quarter at German detergent and glue maker Henkel was spotty. Henkel, maker of Persil, on Monday warned investors that it had a “slow start” into 2018, with revenues in two of its three key business divisions decreasing.

Alibaba is doubling down on its investment in ecommerce group Lazada, pouring a further $2bn in the south-east Asia-focused company as it tries to capture one of the fastest-growing markets for online shopping.

20 March

UK inflation fell by more than expected during February as the post-referendum fall in the pound on consumer prices began to drop out of the figures.

Pricing in the global cryptocurrencies boom is dropping, in some cases all the way to zero.

EnQuest shares climbed on Tuesday despite a slide in full-year earnings.

Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising agency by revenues, has unveiled a wide-ranging strategic plan for the next three years to position itself in an industry beset by widespread disruption and the lowest growth since the financial crisis.

21 March

UK wages rose at the fastest pace in nearly two-and-a-half years in the three months to January, strengthening the case for an interest rate rise in May.

Social media stocks are sinking fast on Tuesday as investors continue to weigh the potential fallout from Facebook’s data scandal that is increasingly drawing the ire of global regulators.

HelloFresh, the fast-growing Berlin-based meal kit company, on Wednesday unveiled a 52 per cent jump in full year revenues, and said its “core business” was on track to break even in the final quarter of 2018.

Profits of Chinese carmaker Geely, which demonstrated its global ambitions last month by acquiring almost 10 per cent of Daimler, more than doubled last year on the back of strong sales of sport utility vehicles.

22 March

Growth in Japan’s manufacturing sector softened again in March as output dipped and the increase in new orders slowed to its weakest level in five months, according to an industry gauge.

Value investing and Fangs are not commonly uttered in the same sentence, unless the latter is being used to define what the former most certainly is not.

It has been a black Wednesday for British high streets, as a flurry of retailers reported financing issues, weak sales or uncertainty about future trading.

Sitting in her studio in central Berlin, the fine jeweller Lilian Von Trapp is poring over sketches for her new collection. On her desk, she is surrounded by multi-chain diamond necklaces and stackable bangles — new designs for spring/summer 2018. Prices for individual pieces reach €2,500 and, perhaps surprisingly, half of Von Trapp’s customers are millennials.

23 March

Stocks in Japan and Korea tumbled on Friday as global stocks tracked lower in the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement that it would impose tariffs on up to $60bn in annual imports from China.

Australian equities lost ground in early trading on Friday after the market tracked losses on Wall Street overnight as fears grew over a potential US trade war with China.

Dropbox has priced shares in its IPO at $21, above what was already an increased range in a sign of strong demand on the eve of its first day of trading.

Shares in Smiths Group fell 10 per cent in early trading on Friday after the UK engineering conglomerate reported a fall in half-year profits.