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  • Published: 26 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448136810
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Britain for Sale

British Companies in Foreign Hands – The Hidden Threat to Our Economy

The Daily Mail's City Editor investigates foreign takeovers of British businesses - and what this means for the country's economy

‘Buy British!’ we often hear, and many foreign companies have done just that. US food giant Kraft bought Cadbury in 2010, Dutch group AkzoNobel acquired ICI in 2007, Deutsche Bahn now own Arriva, and that’s just the beginning.

The truth is that hundreds of billions of pounds’ worth of British businesses have been sold off abroad in recent years. But what does this takeover bonanza mean for our future economic health?

In Britain for Sale, award-winning financial journalist Alex Brummer investigates this question, explaining why British companies are so irresistible to overseas buyers and weighing up the true cost of these transactions.

  • Pub date: 26 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448136810
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Alex Brummer

Alex Brummer is one of the UK's leading financial journalists and commentators. After a long and successful stint at the Guardian he moved to be City Editor at the Daily Mail in 2000. He has won prizes both as a foreign correspondent and economics writer. Awards received include Business Journalist of the Year 2006, Newspaper Journalist 2002 and Best City Journalist 2000. His books include Hanson: A Biography (Fourth Estate 1994), Weinstock: The Life and Times of Britain's Premier Industrialist (HarperCollins 1998), The Crunch (Random House 2008) and Britain for Sale (Random House 2012).

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Praise for Britain for Sale

“A very readable book ... Years of experience on Fleet Street have served [Brummer] well - he has a serious yet very approachable style in giving us his knowledge”


“A fascinating new book”

Money Week

“An important and enlightening read”

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