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October 2013

Know your market — meet the players who are reinventing retail. Our 24-page Special Report on who's spending and splurging and what they want – and why bricks and mortar stores are here to stay

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Observation

As summer comes to a close, our editor-in-chief turns a fresh page by taking to the road across Europe and rethinking four-wheeled travel.

Global

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Way to work

The new breed of worker not tied to a desk is driving a change for buildings to be more than just a fixed space to house employees. Sydney is forging ahead with the trend and highlights the best in agile and creative office…

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Power trip

Electric cars aren’t new to the motoring scene but they’ve always been practical rather than user-intuitive or well designed – limitations BMW has looked to tackle with its first all-electric model.

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Big Shot

El Casco in the Basque country is a Spanish success story. And despite the difficult economic conditions, it has had the firepower to survive.

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No magic carpet

Iran’s economic troubles have been well documented. But in the capital Tehran there is renewed hope that newly elected president Hassan Rouhani can ease Western sanctions and spark a turnaround in the failing economy.

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Power to the people

Innovative designers and visionary city planners are breathing new life into the much-mocked electric bike – today’s power-assisted two-wheelers are hand-crafted, ultra-efficient, lightweight and, most important of all,…

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What's in a name?

Be it a small but growing swimwear firm from Thailand or a traditional tannery in Sweden, all successful brands have a story to tell. Here we profile five companies with a variety of backgrounds but one thing in common:…

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Out of frame

Preparations for Frieze week – when London comes alive around the illustrious Frieze art fair (17 to 20 October) – are well under way. But it’s more than just a week spent in Regent’s Park. We meet some of the exhibitors…

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Taming the streets

Once considered ungovernable, Mexico City has taken its first steps to becoming a socially progressive ‘megalopolis’ – and much of the credit for that can be given to its innovative new mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera.

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Europe Briefing

The fight for Hungary's skies, a high-rise revolution in Austria and election watch in Georgia, plus Sweden's integration minister talks about life after the Stockholm riots.

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Media Briefing

A bookstore in Lisbon, an arts app from Toronto and a boost for low-budget broadcaster in the US.

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School of thought

It’s the considered and inspired extra touches of service that separate the merely good from the truly great and make bricks-and-mortar retail sing. From suit presses to gift wrapping, valets to clothes repair, Monocle…

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