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Dyson is the Apple of appliances

The UK manufacturer's latest robot cleaner exemplifies its uncanny ability to mint money

Dyson, combining an almost obsessive eye for design and engineering, has cornered the non-glamorous market of high-end vacuum cleaners, lights and hair dryers.

Malmesbury, England

WHEN Michael Aldred joined the British home electronics maker Dyson two decades ago, he had a simple goal: to quickly build a robotic vacuum cleaner.

But Mr Aldred and his team kept running into roadblocks.

Their first attempt, unveiled in 2001, was too...

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