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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Struggling Rolls-Royce secures $5 billion Delta Airline contract

Rolls-Royce has finally delivered some good news for the City as it landed a $5 billion (£3.2 billion) airline contract that will help alleviate the impact of global defence spending cuts.

Ineos announces $1bn investment in UK fracking exploration

Chemical giant wants to become 'UK's biggest shale gas player'

Amazon beating Royal Mail at its own game as profits tumble

The newly privatised postal giant has been badly hit by Amazon’s own delivery service

The City roundup video: EasyJet reports a bumper year, DreamWorks-Hasbro merger talks end

Video: Lucy Tobin provides a run-down of the day's major news from the City

Easyjet's Carolyn McCall likes the new 'nice Ryanair' as improved sector image boosts budget airline's profits

Airline's annual profit soared 22% to £581 million- but City was disappointed it did not issue a special dividend

Chairman of Serco quits without saying sorry

Serco’s chairman Alastair Lyons yesterday became the latest victim of the outsourcer’s turbulent year of multimillion-pound fines, a Government ban and profit warnings, as he announced his departure but did not apologise.

AstraZeneca ups its solo success

AstraZeneca posted its second sales upgrade in four months yesterday as the drug giant proved how much it is suited to unmarried life after rejecting Pfizer’s £70bn takeover attempt this spring.

AstraZeneca raises sales outlook as rival drugs are hit by delays

Sales in the third quarter jumped 5% to $6.5 billion

Sir Richard Branson under fire for second major deal since space tragedy

Virgin Money relaunched plans to float in London citing 'more stable market conditions'

Ryanair raises profit forecast as drive to improve image begins to pay off

New 'nice' Ryanair has softened baggage charges, booking conditions and introduced allocated seating

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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