For all their failings, newspapers are an essential component of public life, with a value that goes far beyond the commercial. Few chief executives – even those who have been on the wrong end of a headline from time to time – would argue with that.
As China moves from a production-based to a consumption-focused economy, brands serving urban middle-class enjoy especially healthy growth. Tencent hits a hat-trick as it tops the ranking for the third year. Alibaba returns to No.2.
Nokia 3, 5 and 6 could do well in Western Europe because loyalty to the brand was very high until early 2016.
HEMA, a new online-to-offline retail format, is demonstrating what Jack Ma’s “New Retail” means in real life.
As OPPO, Vivo and Meizu are expected to join the already crowded centre of stage, the smartphone market of China will likely enter the age of ‘Magnificent Seven’.