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The Business Matrix: Saturday 3 August 2013
Ocado co-founder sells £3.3m shares
Ocado co-founder Jason Gissing has cashed in £3.3m of the online grocer’s shares – his first sale since the company floated at 180p a share three years ago. Mr Gissing, like his two co-founders ex-Goldman Sachs, sold just over one million shares at 310.6p each. He and his family still have nearly 18 million shares.
Inmarsat hit by US defence cuts
Inmarsat, the satellite telecoms group, felt the impact of US defence spending cuts as half yearly profits fell 17 per cent to $185.5m. But it saw growth in the take up of its FleetBroadband terminals, where soldiers in war zones and sailors on ships send emails and go online.
BA owner flying into the black
IAG, the owner of British Airways and Iberia, returned to the black after efforts of restructuing the Spanish carrier paid off. The airlines group swung to an operating profit of €245m in the three months to July.
Direct Line profits nearly double
Cost cuts and fewer weather-related claims from customers helped Direct Line all but double profits during the first half of the year. The company, spun out of RBS last year, posted profits of £209m,up for £107m.
- 1 Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May officially heading to Amazon Prime for new car show
- 2 Stuart Baggs: Apprentice star 'The Brand' found dead aged 27
- 3 How to cancel Amazon Prime: after Top Gear hiring, how to leave premium service
- 4 Tesco scraps 'unexpected item in the bagging area' as self-checkouts switch to less 'frustrating' audio
- 5 Living in Spain and commuting to London 'cheaper than actually working in London'