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

Ashdown Group: Part-time Payroll Officer - Yorkshire - Professional Services

£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful professional services firm is lo...

Ashdown Group: Helpdesk / Trainee Application Support Analyst - Hampshire

£25000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable...

Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst / Trainee Application Support Analyst - Essex

£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...

Ashdown Group: IT Support Engineer - Hertfordshire -Large Established Business

£22000 - £28000 per annum + study support, gym: Ashdown Group: A large busines...

The Business Matrix: Thursday 10 July 2014

Boeing seals $56bn Emirates order

Boeing has finalised a $56bn order for a fleet of new 777s from Dubai’s Emirates Airlines. The agreement also includes the right for Emirates to order an further 50 aircraft. If exercised, the total order would be worth $75bn. The news comes as a blow to rival Airbus, which last month was snubbed by Emirates.

Apple loses Siri China patent case

Apple has failed to get a Chinese company’s voice-recognition patent ruled invalid. The Beijing court’s verdict threatens the US firm’s ability to offer its voice-controlled assistant, Siri, in the country. Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology has sought to block Apple from selling products with the app installed. Apple plans to appeal.

AbbVie retracts its claims about Shire

The US drugs giant AbbVie was forced to retract statements from its chief executive that suggested it had the support of Shire investors in its bid to acquire its Dublin-based rival for £30.1bn. The company was forced into the embarrassing move by the UK Takeover Panel, having raised its offer for Shire by 11 per cent on Tuesday.

HSBC offloads its Caymans division

HSBC is selling its Cayman Islands business in yet another of chief executive Stewart Guilliver’s moves to cut out smaller, less profitable parts of the bank. The Caymans unit is being sold to Butterfield Bank, which is headed by HSBC’s former head of retail and commercial banking in the US, Brendan McDonagh.

Citi ‘to pay $13bn to settle US case’

Citigroup is set to become the latest bank to reach a multimillion-dollar settlement with US regulators over its roles in the 2008 financial crisis. America’s third-largest bank is poised to strike a deal a with the Department of Justice which could see it pay out $13bn, the New York Times reported.

Galliford prices soar to £305,000

The housebuilder Galliford Try said revenues had soared above pre-recession levels and profits would approach £95m, at the upper end of expectations. Buoyed by a recovering market, the Uxbridge-based firm said average sale prices at its Linden Homes arm rose 15 per cent to £305,000 in the year to June.

888 bets on strong growth for 2014

The gambling website 888 issued an unexpectedly upbeat trading statement yesterday, saying that earnings for the first six months of 2014 would be “significantly ahead” of last year. It said a strong first quarter had continued through into the next three months.

Slim takes a knife to mobile empire

The world’s second-richest man plans to sell some of his telecoms assets to avoid a clampdown by regulators in his native Mexico. Carlos Slim’s America Movil, which controls 70 per cent of the country’s mobile market, could reduce its share to below 50 per cent.

Begbies suffers from the recovery

The restructuring specialist Begbies Traynor said profits and revenues fell last year because fewer businesses went bust. Adjusted pre-tax profits fell from £6.7m to £5m in the year to 30 April, while revenues fell from £51.5m to £45.8m.

Thorntons tastes sweet rise in sales

Thorntons, the chocolatier, said sales at commercial outlets such as supermarkets rose by 22 per cent in the final quarter of its financial year, offsetting a 3.9 per cent decline in like-for-like sales in its retail division. It closed 11 shops over the period.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before