Company of the day
The Chinese are coming
Troubled clothing store giant C&A is on the verge of being sold to Chinese investors, according to German newsmagazine Der Spiegel. The Dutch company with German roots runs 2,000 outlets worldwide, including 400 in Germany, but has been buffeted by competitors like Zara and Primark. Source: Bloomberg
Quote of the day
In harm's way
The outspoken former head of Die Linke, Germany's left-leaning party, is rarely at a loss for words when parrying with the country's mainstream parties. Last Friday's announcement that the center-left SPD and the conservative CDU-CSU alliance would revive a so-called grand coalition also drew a barrage of criticism from within the SPD.
Picture of the day
Fewer gifts that keep on giving
The number of organ donors in Germany hit a new low in 2017, according to the country's organ transplant foundation DSO. Last year there were only 797 donations, 60 fewer than in 2016 and the lowest number in the past 20 years. In Europe only Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania have fewer donors. Source:
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As seen on TV
There is no end in sight to Germany's boom in teleshopping, where sales have risen more than six-fold in less than two decades. This isn't a youth channel, however: Of Germany's 1.25 million teleshoppers in 2017, around half were over the age of 50 and another quarter occupied the 40-49 age bracket.