The past year has been either memorable or forgettable for any number of companies, people and products in the business world. A sluggish U.S. economy couldn’t unseat Barack Obama, who was re-elected in November, while Mark Carney remains the golden boy of international banking after nabbing the top position at the Bank of England. But 2012 was less kind to Facebook, whose IPO has left investors feeling particularly antisocial. And the NHL has once again alienated fans with its third lockout of the past two decades.
In our annual Winners & Losers issue, Canadian Business has compiled a scorecard of the year that was, from South Korea’s emergence as a global superpower to Canada’s sorry state of municipal politics. Staff writer Jeff Beer gives the rundown on gadgets, with both good and bad grades for Apple, while Bryan Borzykowski checks in with the best and worst performers on the stock market. Below, you’ll find articles, galleries and infographics that chronicle the ups and downs of the business world, including a comic recap of Research In Motion’s annus horribilis.
Samsung beat Apple, Hyundai beat Honda and ‘Gangnam Style’ beat Bieber. How South Korea went from bust to blockbuster almost overnight.
A prolonged dispute with its players frustrated fans, cost millions and put the sport’s future on thin ice.
A weak economy—and the promise of higher taxes—should have sunk Obama. Instead, he walked on water.
High expectations quickly collapsed after a troubled IPO left investors feeling particularly antisocial.
‘He’s simply the best,’ as the British say, and we wish him luck. He might need it.
In a year dominated by pipeline politics, the oil and gas giant proved to be its own worst enemy.
It was an awful year to be a mayor, mogul or talk show host. And a great year to be, well, George Lucas.
Companies selling snacks, cruises and theatre all suffered. But it was a great year for the slushie business.
Sex! Murder! Audits! These people bumbled, cheated and possibly even killed.
You don’t have to be famous to be a big winner or loser, as these regular workers learned (and may wish to forget).
Archrivals Apple and Google both scored big wins and losses, while Sony got trampled in the fray.
What more is there to say about RIM? Not much, so here’s a comic. The dialogue consists of verbatim media quotes from Research In Motion’s annus horribilis.
When you’ve been beaten down as hard as the eurozone has, you take the good news where you can get it.
It was the year Mumford beat Bieber, The Avengers beat Harry Potter, and Madonna started looking desperate.
Who would have thought that some of this year’s best performers would be European and consumers stocks?
Psy’s smash hit is about more than prancing to a sweet bass line. It’s also subtle social commentary on Gangnam, Seoul’s most coveted neighbourhood.
Analysts predicted the Facebook IPO would flop—and it did. How three other forecasts for 2012 turned out.
The competitors, partners and families that sparred in 2012.
The strikes, walkouts and lockouts of 2012.