Lucy Tobin

Senior News Feature Writer at the Evening Standard, with business focus. Author of Ausperity, Entrepreneur + Guide to Uni Life.

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Profits in steep ascent at owner of BA

Surging demand for transatlantic flights and a turnaround at Spain’s Iberia helped International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, more than double profits to €1.1bn (£801m) last year.

Centrica shares tumbled more than eight per cent in morning trade

Profits fall 35% at British Gas owner Centrica as customers exit over bills

The results came a day after a Competition and Markets Authority inquiry found that millions of families paid up to £234 a year too much for their energy

Last week was hangover time, when Stock Spirits, a vodka producer, distilled a profit warning that sent its shares crashing more than 25 per cent. (image: Rex Features)

Revolution vodka bars raise a glass to listing

Revolution Bars, the 58-strong chain of vodka-pouring bars chaired by the former Arsenal boss Keith Edelman, has set out plans to float in London with a valuation of up to £200m.

Glaxo hit by US sales decline as profits halve

But HIV drug portfolio saw sales increase up 15 per cent in 2014

Royal Mail chairman to step down after bruising 15 months

The chairman of Royal Mail, who once claimed that its £1.5m-a-year chief executive was underpaid, has announced his departure just 15 months after the postal operator’s bruising privatisation.

Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul

Samsung profits decline for first time in three years as smartphone sales fall

The South Korean electronics giant now makes more profit from semi-conductors than mobiles

Aer Lingus board backs IAG bid

British Airways’ owner, International Airlines Group, looks to have won its battle to buy Aer Lingus, after the Irish carrier’s board recommended a sweetened €1.36bn (£1bn) takeover bid.

The boss of Royal Mail expects rival parcel-delivery companies to disappear amid intense competition

Royal Mail delivers growth and predicts demise of rivals

The boss of Royal Mail expects rival parcel-delivery companies to disappear amid intense competition, claiming “there’s too much capacity” and that the current low prices are unsustainable.

Plum times for price comparison website

The low oil price meant that gas and electricity firms stuck to their tariffs

Heathrow operators boosted numbers by using larger aircraft to transport more passengers

Numbers take off at London airports

Full-to-capacity Heathrow saw airlines using bigger jets to fly more passengers

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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The Downton Abbey effect

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