Toby Green

Toby Green works on the Business Desk of the Evening Standard and The Independent.

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Margins rise more than 100% at Essar refinery

Margins at the UK's second-largest oil refinery shot up towards the end of last year, according to its owner Essar Energy. Essar's Stanlow plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, saw gross refining margin increase to $5.59 a barrel in its third quarter. It was only $2.45 a barrel a year ago.

Moscow bourse 'worth £3bn'

The upcoming float of the Moscow Exchange could see the Russian stock index valued at nearly £3bn, it was revealed yesterday.

Czech brewer wins latest round in battle of the Budweisers

One is an all-American lager, known for its blockbusting advertising; the other, a Czech brew that while perhaps not as famous, is more of a favourite with beer aficionados. Today it emerged that British drinkers will continue to be able to choose between the two rather different Budweisers, after the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, lost its latest attempt to take control of the trademark.

Dods buys political publishers from Ashcroft

Two businesses majority-owned by Lord Ashcroft have been snapped up by Dods, the political publisher in which the Conservative peer is also a major shareholder.

H&M's sales fillip gives a lift to high street

H&M yesterday posted some encouraging news for the high street, with the Swedish fashion giant revealing trading last month had not been as bad as feared.

Spain's PM admits doubt over pledge to cut deficit

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admitted yesterday that a promise to cut the embattled country's deficit to 6.3 per cent this year will be "very complicated" to meet.

Market Report: Imagination is fired up by Amazon buzz

Here's a mouth-watering battle for you: Amazon versus Apple. One is the world's largest online retailer, and the other is the world's largest company ever (by market value), full stop. The two are of course already rivals – the former's Kindle Fire is seen by some as an "iPad killer" – while digital music is among the other areas they compete in.

So what's the legacy of Occupy London?

The tents may be long gone, but Toby Green asks whether the protest had any lasting effect on attitudes ahead of the one-year anniversary

Ronald Brech: Economist with a passion for his field

The career of Professor Ronald Brech was full of variety, but throughout it all his passion for economics – as well as life in general – remained undiminished.

Canaccord buys Eden

The Canadian financial group Canaccord has expanded its London operation by buying the boutique wealth manager Eden for up to £21m, depending on performance.

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?