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

Recruitment Genius: Telesales & Customer Service Executives - Outbound & Inbound

£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...

Recruitment Genius: National Account Manager / Key Account Sales

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for a...

Recruitment Genius: Operations Manager

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity to join...

Recruitment Genius: Recruitment Consultant

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We have an excellent role for a...

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

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick