Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Web Developer (C#, ASP.NET, AJAX, JavaScript, MVC, HTML)

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Web Developer ...

C# R&D .NET Developer-Algorithms, WCF, WPF, Agile, ASP.NET,MVC

£50000 - £67000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# R&D .NE...

C# Developer (Web, HTML5, CSS3, ASP.NET, JS, Visual Studios)

£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...

C# Developer (ASP.NET, F#, SQL, MVC, Bootstrap, JavaScript)

£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...

The Business Matrix: Friday 22 February 2013

Ladbrokes profits rise 8% to £206m

Ladbrokes has increased operating profits by 8 per cent to £206m. When high-roller punters, who had a particularly bad year, are included, profits were up 26 per cent to £236m. Revenues rose 7.4 per cent to £1.05bn. Ladbrokes also plans 100 more shops this year and will put Sky Sports screens into all 2,200 of its shops.

Yorkshire BS deposits surge

Yorkshire Building Society, which has benefited from the unpopularity of the banks, saw 324,000 new savings accounts opened in 2012. Pre-tax profits at the lender rose by 21 per cent to £157m last year while its core tier capital ratio, a key measure of balance sheet strength, rose from 12.6 per cent to 13.6 per cent.

Kingfisher catches cold

Kingfisher's DIY chain B&Q has followed rival Wickes in reporting a slump in UK sales after January's heavy snowfall. Europe's largest home improvement retailer performed strongly in Russia and China, but a 6.4 per cent slump in UK and Ireland sales in the fourth quarter, to the end of January, capped a year to forget.

Mercedes fined £2.6m over prices

Mercedes-Benz and three of its commercial vehicle dealers have been fined £2.6m by the competition regulator. The Office of Fair Trading reported that it had spotted three breaches of competition law by the German company, including price co-ordination and the exchange of commercially sensitive information.

Setback for the eurozone

A surprise setback for Europe's manufacturing and services firms in February damped hopes of the eurozone pulling out of recession. Financial data firm Markit's snapshot of private sector activity showed a decline over the month despite a thir d successive month of growth for Germany.

Lancashire gives back cash

Lancashire Holdings said yesterday that it woulds said it will hand back $170m (£111m) to investors because flat insurance prices were limiting opportunities for profitable underwriting. The company will pay a special dividend after pre-tax profits rose 8 per cent to $236.8m in 2012.

Informa gets life from academia

Business media group Informa said that its underlying pre-tax profits rose 7 per cent to £317.4 m as its academic book publishing arm offset tough trading in its events division. Revenue from its academic information business rose 5 per cent to £340.3m.

Ferrovial snaps up Enterprise

Spain's Ferrovial, which acquired infrastructure firm Amey in 2003, is to buy Enterprise – one of the UK's biggest providers of services to the public sector – in a £385m deal with 3i. Enterprise will be integrated into Amey once approval is granted from Europe

Rolls-Royce waterjets arrive

Rolls-Royce has delivered its new Axial Mk1 waterjets for the latest Littoral Combat Ship class under construction for the US Navy. At 22MW of power, a single waterjet can move almost half a million gallons of seawater in a minute.

Filtrona ties up with Bommidala

Plastics supplier Filtrona has formed a tie-up with tobacco products firm BBM Bommidala Group in the United Arab Emirates to manufacture filters. Milton Keynes-based Filtrona will be the majority shareholder in the joint venture.

Career Services

Day In a Page

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?