Today's letter from the Editor
£17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a leading company in the field ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£26041 - £34876 per annum: Recruitment Genius: There has never been a more exc...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...
The Business Matrix: Wednesday 19 February 2014
Japanese shares speed ahead
Shares in Japan roared higher yesterday as the central bank maintained its money-printing efforts and extended special loan programmes to help buoy the economy. The Bank of Japan, which remains upbeat despite growth slowing to 0.3 per cent, extended loan facilities by one year, sending the Nikkei up more than 3 per cent.
FirstGroup extends franchise
FirstGroup is to run the First Capital Connect franchise for an extra six months until 14 September. By that time the Department for Transport will have chosen the winner of the Bedford to Brighton via King's Cross/St Pancras new franchise, bundled with other rail links under the £6.5 billion Thameslink programme.
Paragon makes virtue of banking
The buy-to-let mortgage lender Paragon has launched the first new UK bank granted a licence this year. Paragon Bank is the first applicant approved by the Prudential Regulatory Authority under its new lower capital regime for start-up banks launched last April. Paragon applied for a licence last July.
Gamble pays off for billionaires
Icap's founder Michael Spencer and the billionaire Joe Lewis added a few more millions to their wealth after a gambling software firm they both backed agreed to a takeover worth £18 million. GTech is offering 50p a share for the Aim-listed Probability, valuing Mr Spencer's 17 per cent stake at £2.9 million, and Mr Lewis's holding at £1.6 million.
Kier's veteran boss steps down
Kier, the contractor which recently won the Ministry of Defence brief to turn RAF Lyneham into colleges, is saying farewell to its chief executive Paul Sheffield, who has been with the business for more than 30 years. He hands over to finance director Haydn Mursell at the start of July.
Met Life sells assets to Rothesay
The US insurance giant Met Life has sold £3 billion of assets to Rothesay Life, the annuity provider set up by Goldman Sachs. The deal comes three years after Rothesay paid £260 million for rival Paternoster. Rothesay said its assets under management will stand at £10 billion, once the deal is sealed.
Share buyback hint from BHP
BHP Billiton hinted it could launch a share buyback this year as its first-half profits topped City expectations yesterday. The mining giant said it was making annual cost savings of $4.9 billion (£2.9bn). Profits, excluding exceptionals, rose 31 per cent to $7.8 billion.
Socialbakers raises £15m
Socialbakers, a social media analytics company which monitors online conversations, has raised $26 million (£15 million) in a deal that values the business at close to $200 million. The group helps clients such as LVMH understand their fans' behaviour on Facebook and Twitter.
Sony beats sales target for PS4
Sony has already beaten its sales target for the PlayStation 4. The electronics giant had aimed to sell five million consoles by the end of March and has now sold 5.3 million. The PS4 launched in the West before Christmas.
Pernod toasts British drinkers
Pernod Ricard saw a 7 per cent jump in first-half sales in the UK as the Beefeater gin-to-Absolut vodka maker grew its market share here by 9.2 per cent. The Paris-based group's overall net sales fell 7 per cent due to weakness in China.
- 1 Windows 10: man updates PC, wakes up to find porn slideshow on repeat
- 2 The 'world's most beautiful vagina' has been debunked by science
- 3 John Green schools morning show hosts after awkward interview with Cara Delevingne
- 4 Bulletproof armadillo puts Texas man in hospital after shot bounces off hard shell
- 5 Doctors declare war on Jeremy Hunt over weekend working 'myths' amid plan for seven day NHS