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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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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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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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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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Can I have a word?

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is almost as well known for her relentless activism as she is for producing multiple award-winning novels – but it turns out that she is far more enthusiastic about the latter than the former…

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Life's a breezer

Braced on Maui’s northern coast, this eco family home stands out as a striking complement to the landscape; an iconic structure both open and resistant to the elements.

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Fly buys

As the global retail map widens, where do less talked about big spenders such as Kazakhs, Indonesians or Mexicans get their shopping fix? We catch up with the new consumers to find out.

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Inventory No. 67

This month’s treats include some gin for your drinks cabinet, stationery for your home-office and wooden animals for the fun of it.

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Staying local

Do Italians do it better? When it comes to retail they know when to stick to doing it the old-school way. A few generations of refinement can work wonders for a local small business, be they the green grocers, chemists or…

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Outside the box

Israel has long avoided wading into the international news environment, wary of its own global perception. Until, that is, the recent launch of i24 TV channel.

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