Samsung-Hands-On

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In February 2014, Samsung launched Gear Fit, the first digital fitness wristband with a curved display. The same month, FitBit’s Force device faced a total withdrawal after some buyers developed skin rashes. ‘Wearables’ are a hot trend in electronic devices and the market is producing plenty of gain – and plenty of pain – as manufacturers join the race to be number one.
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Holden Logo

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Here to stay – oh, really?

Over the 2013/14 holidays, General Motor’s Australian subsidiary Holden ran an aggressive advertising campaign with the slogan Holden is Here To Stay. A mix of well known local sporting identities, car dealers, racing drivers and ordinary folk all tell the camera “we’re here to stay” – a message received cynically in communities about to be ravaged by plant closures and job losses.
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Fashion

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For investors, there are few businesses as fickle as fashion. Abercrombie & Fitch – the one-time undisputed monarch of the cool-teen’s fashion kingdom – is in trouble after what fashionista.com described as CEO Mike Jeffries’ “jerky, condescending statements, like that Abercrombie’s clothes are only for “cool, good-looking” people, i.e. people who aren’t fat.” The company suffered losses throughout 2013, its share price tumbling from a high of $54 mid year to a low of $32 in December.
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easyjet

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EasyJet – the British-born low cost airline that launched in the mid-90’s with the slogan ‘flights as cheap as a pair of jeans’ – announced record profits of US$641million in 2013, more than 50% over its results in 2012. Southwest Airlines, the US low cost airline that started it all in the 1970s –with hostesses in orange hot pants and white gogo boots – also finished 2013 with record profits, its 41st consecutive year of posting a profit.
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Global Challenge Produces Two Fall Champions

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More than 1,600 students from over 280 universities around the globe competed in the Fall Capsim Challenge, all with aspirations to be crowned with the coveted title of Challenge Champion. The title is reserved for those who triumph in the two-day, high pressure business simulation finals that took place this past weekend.

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