Donald Trump’s well-executed “Fifteen States Strategy” helped him win the United States presidential election. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

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John Teeling, the legendary whiskey and mining entrepreneur and my former lecturer, who asked, “What are you going to do with the second half of your career?” Photograph: Dave Meehan

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Richard Pennycook: “A significant element of our 2014 profit relates to one-off disposal gains on the sale of our farms and pharmacy businesses and property disposals”

The Co-operative Group, a British supermarkets-to-funerals operator that almost collapsed in 2013, said it was rescued by selling assets and could now(...)