Kamal Ahmed

Kamal Ahmed Business editor

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Obama, Apple and the tax issue

  • 28 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Apple logo

First, a hat-tip, as they call it on Twitter.

Apple is an astonishing success. It sells a small suite of expensive devices with which its customers have an almost religious relationship.

People queue outside its stores in the snow (Japan) to buy the latest version of its products, which are often just a little better than the previous, rather good, version.

People are willing to resort to fists (Paris) to get the precise Apple product they want.

Customers - supposedly "austerity focused" - are happy to pay high prices to be associated with the Apple brand, which, at $124bn (according to Forbes), is the most valuable in the world.

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Airline wars - IAG plots Irish government charm offensive

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Aer Lingus plane

To all intents and purposes, Aer Lingus has recommended that a €1.36bn bid from International Airlines Group is accepted.

This morning, the former Irish state carrier said of IAG's third offer for the airline: "The Board has indicated to IAG that the financial terms are at a level at which it would be willing to recommend, subject to being satisfied with the manner in which IAG proposes to address the interests of relevant parties."

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Goldman Sachs warns on Britain and the EU

  • 24 January 2015
  • From the section Business

Gary Cohn, the President of Goldman Sachs, has said publicly what many financial chief executives are thinking privately.

Why risk pulling out of the European Union given that one of Britain's few business sectors with a healthy trade surplus is financial services?

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Why the Duke spoke about those sex allegations

  • 22 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Prince Andrew
The Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew

The Duke of York would like the world to focus on what he is doing to help young entrepreneurs.

In the present environment, it is a somewhat forlorn hope.

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BP boss says Deepwater liabilities exceed cost of Hurricane Katrina

  • 22 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Bob Dudley
BP has liabilities of $44bn, Mr Dudley said

I interviewed Bob Dudley, the chief executive of BP, at Davos and after a lot of interesting discussion about the global oil price (he thinks it could stay flat for as much as three years), the conversation turned to America and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

We are approaching the fifth anniversary of the accident which led to the death of 11 people.

Read full article BP boss says Deepwater liabilities exceed cost of Hurricane Katrina

Blair: I'm not to blame for Chilcot delays

  • 21 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Tony Blair at Davos

Tony Blair has said he wants the Chilcot Report published as soon as possible and that he has played no part in any delays.

Speaking to me exclusively at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the former Prime Minister admitted he was frustrated that the report was not yet published but said that no pressure should be put on Sir John Chilcot.

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Tesco: Where it went wrong

  • 19 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Tesco

Tonight on Panorama we're revealing the main findings of our investigation into Tesco. Of course, it's not possible to flesh out all of the detail in the programme itself, so I've put together the main findings here.

Here's a reminder of the key things we have discovered:

Read full article Tesco: Where it went wrong

Can a private business run a hospital?

  • 9 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Hinchingbrooke hospital

This morning the first - and only - private business to run an acute services hospital has announced it is pulling out.

It is difficult to imagine a more significant moment in the whole debate about the provision of health care in Britain.

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Good day for Tesco, grimmer for M&S

  • 8 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Man with Tesco bag walks past side of Tesco Extra store in Glasgow

Well, Dave Lewis will have a slightly bouncier spring in his step this morning. He was known as Drastic Dave at Unilever for his cost cutting zeal - it seems his approach will be similar at Tesco.

The chief executive's £250m cost-cutting programme at Tesco - which has a bloated central bureaucracy - will be welcomed by investors, despite the scrapping of the end-of-year dividend.

Read full article Good day for Tesco, grimmer for M&S

John Lewis warning over free deliveries

  • 5 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Customers in John Lewis

I have just interviewed the head of John Lewis about Christmas sales and he has raised two very important points that go to the heart of retail's online revolution.

First, that the American import Black Friday could have a detrimental effect on how retailers and consumers behave.

Read full article John Lewis warning over free deliveries

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About Kamal

Kamal joined the BBC after four and a half years as business editor of the Sunday Telegraph's award-winning team. He also helped launch the Telegraph's annual festival of business, the major conference for small and medium sized enterprises. Before that, Kamal worked at The Observer as head of news and earlier, as its political editor.

His love of journalism started at Leeds Student, Leeds University's student newspaper, where he first tasted life as a reporter in a basement office with no windows. Essential workplace furniture included half-drunk pints of beer with cigarettes stubbed out in them. In those days, you needed a strong constitution to be a volunteer hack.

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