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

Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...

Tradewind Recruitment: Class Teacher Required ASAP In Uminster

£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...

Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Director - London - £70,000

£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wimbledon, SW London

£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 22 January 2013

Sales climb at car dealer HR Owen

Luxury car seller HR Owen announced yesterday that a strong performance by Rolls-Royce and Bentley showrooms towards the end of the year meant 2012 profits will beat forecasts. The group refurbished and put a new team into its Berkeley Square Rolls and Bentley showroom over the summer, which boosted sales.

Stelios flogs part of easyJet stake

EasyJet's founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, and his family have sold more than £5m-worth of shares, 1 per cent of their 37 per cent holding, and warned the board of the budget airline that they will sell the rest of their stake if it places a large aircraft order. Sir Stelios said he wanted to "send a clear message to our directors".

New supermarket ombudsman

The first ombudsman designed to crack down on the big supermarkets bullying suppliers in the £163bn grocery sector has been named by the Government. Christine Tacon, who ran the Co-operative group's farming business for 11 years, will have the power to fine the UK's 10 biggest supermarkets, including Tesco and Asda.

Travelzest chiefs' buyout rejected

The board of Travelzest, the company which used to organise nudist holidays, has rejected a management buyout. The travel group, whose brands include holiday.co.uk and two Canadian holiday businesses, had been considering selling the Canadian businesses to the chief executive, Jonathan Carroll, and finance director, Adrian Cobbold.

Santander denies Clydesdale talks

Santander has denied that it is in talks over buying some 300 branches of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank from their owner National Australia Bank. A UK spokesman for Spanish-owned Santander said it is focused on organic growth and there have been no discussions with NAB over a £2bn deal.

Moscow Exchange allows outsiders

The Kremlin's bid to stop Russian companies floating on the London Stock Exchange was boosted yesterday after Moscow Exchange said it will allow outside investors to buy shares in it which will only be traded on its own market. Russian President Vladimir Putin is keen to stop the drain of equity.

UK considers nuclear asset sale

Britain is considering a sale of its stake in Urenco, the nuclear fuel producer formed by the British, German and Dutch governments in the 1970s, a UK Government spokesman said yesterday. He said the Government was discussing its options with Urenco's other shareholders.

Spanish banking workers to strike

Workers at three of Spain's bailed-out banks will stage strikes in coming weeks as they fight mass layoffs, unions said yesterday. Workers from Bankia, Banco de Valencia and NovaGalicia Banco will strike on 6 February and hold partial strikes before then.

Abu Dhabi firms plot mega merger

Abu Dhabi's two biggest property firms have agreed a state-backed merger to create a business with $13bn (£8.2bn) of assets. The tie-up between Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate creates one of the largest property firms in the Middle East.

Profits soar at Portmeirion

Pottery manufacturer Portmeirion said that after a strong Christmas, sales for the whole of 2012 had risen by 3 per cent to at least £55m. That should ensure it hits City forecasts of pre-tax profits up from £6.3m to £6.7m for the year.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall